Connolly’s did their Ballymena Towers Pool League title hopes a power of good by winning their top-of-the-table clash with Towers Tavern.
Of the other would-be contenders, Fairhill Hustlers won but dropped two points against Moat B, while champions Minnesota Inbetweeners could only draw at Moat A.
Towers Tavern 2, Connolly’s 4: Drew Sloan won the opening game against Gary Clarke with a 2-1 come from behind win and this included an 8ball clearance in the final frame. Pat McAnally levelled the match with a similar win over Davy Millar and this also included an 8 ball clearance in the final frame. Alan Davidson then put Connolly’s ahead with another 2-1 come from behind win over James Millar.Ian Boal then made the match score 3-1 for Connolly’s with a win in straight frames over Shane Moody and Don McKeown increased the lead further for Connolly’s with a 2-0 win over Dean Greer. In the final game K.D.Crabbe pulled a point back for Towers with a 2-1 win over Ryan Foster.
Social Club 1, Fairhill Rockets 5: Rockets got off to a great start with Gary Allen having a 2-0 win over Ross Hill and Nigel McMaster increased the lead for the Fairhill with a 2-1 win over Eddie Fleck. Albert McBride then pulled a game back for the Social Club with a win in straight frames over Barry Kernohan. The final three games all went to Fairhill all by 2-0 scorelines, winners being Linzi McClelland, Ian Dewar and Justin Kilpatrick who defeated Marc McMullan, Alan Agnew and Keith Agnew.
Moat A 3, Minnesota Inbetweeners 3: Gary Ormandy put the Inbetweeners ahead with a fine 2-0 win over Jason McKay. Ryan Logan then increased the lead for the Inbetweeners with a 2-1 win over Ryan Stewart but then Barry Weir pulled a game back for the Moat with a win in straight frames over Philip Houston. Clem Howard made the match score 3-1 for the Inbetweeners with a 2-0 win over Alan Rainey. Darren Campbell and David Nicholl then replied for the Moat with both having 2-0 wins over Gareth Rowe and Craig Laughlin.
Coach Bar 1, Michelin Masters 5: Aidy Rouke won the first game against with a come from behind 2-1 win over Chris Penny but Rick McMaster levelled it up with a win in straight frames over Chris Gordon. David Armstrong put Michelin in front for the first time with a 2-1 win over David Carlisle. Alan Armstrong then made the match score 3-1 with a 2-0 win over Robert Artt. Brian Hanna had a 2-0 win over Darren Gilmore and Jimmy Knowles completed a fine win for Masters with a fine 2-1 win over Frazer Young.
Fairhill Hustlers 4, Moat B 2: George McCullough put the Fairhill ahead with a 2-0 win over Aaron Browne but Eddie Maxwell levelled the match with a 2-0 win over Ritchie Irwin. Glenn Mairs restored the lead for the Fairhill with a win in straight frames over Lewis Cahoon and Sean Brannigan made the match score 3-1 for the Fairhill with a 2-0 win over Neil Weir. Alastair Law then replied for the Moat with a 2-0 win over Rab Graham to set up a thrilling finale with Paul Hayes holding his nerve to win 2-1 against Dean Robinson to make the final match score 4-2 for the Fairhill Hustlers.
All outstanding league games to be played ASAP
Annual prize giving and dinner will be held on Friday 6th May at Michelin Social Club, team captains to contact Gary Richardson to confirm numbers attending.
All Trophies to be returned to Gary Richardson ASAP