Giant-killing Limerick man Leo Fernandez back in action at UK Snooker Championship

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Giant-killing Limerick man Leo Fernandez back in action at UK Snooker Championship

Limerick's Leo Fernandez is back in action at the UK Snooker Championship on Sunday night

LIMERICK snooker player Leo Fernandez returns to action in the second round of the UK Championship in York on Sunday night.

Forty one-year-old Fernandez will face Noppon Saengkham, of Thailand, in the second round of the prestigious championship. 

World ranked number 130 Fernandez produced a stunning comeback to dump world number three Ding Junhui out of the prestigious Championship at the York Barbican on Tuesday night.

The UK Snooker Championship is one of Snooker's 'Triple Crown' events alongside the World Championship and the Masters.

A win for Fernandez against Saengkham would see the Limerick player reach the last 32 of the tournament. Saengkham defeated Zhang Anda of China 6-2 in his opening round match. 

Fernandez turned professional in 1995 and competed in the 1999 World Championship. 

Forty one-year-old Fernandez won the last five frames of the first round match against Junhui to claim a sensational 6-5 victory over the two-time UK champion.

The Limerick man took it to a deciding frame with a break of 80 and then sealed a 6-5 win with a brilliant final pink for the biggest win of his career.

Sussex-based Fernandez has been struggling with a slipped disc in his back and said he was in a fair amount of pain during ‘the biggest win’ of his career.