Hustlers’ pool league title hopes suffer major setback with defeat

Chris Penny hit an eight-ball clearance in Michelin Masters' league win over Fairhill Hustlers.
Chris Penny hit an eight-ball clearance in Michelin Masters' league win over Fairhill Hustlers.

Fairhill Hustlers’ hopes of securing the Ballymena Towers Pool League title suffered a severe setback when they lost 5-1 to Michelin Masters last week.

Ritchie Irwin got the Fairhill off to the best possible start with a come from behind 2-1 win over Davy Armstrong and this included an 8ball clearance in the final frame. The Masters then reeled off three 2-0 wins in quick succession through Jimmy Knowles, Bobby Carson and Rick McMaster

Brian Hanna then increased the lead for Michelin with a fine 2-1 win over Rab Graham. In the final game George McCullough won the first frame for the Fairhill but Chris Penny hit back to win the game 2-1 and this also included an 8ball clearance in the second frame. POM - Bobby Carson.

Fairhill Rockets 1, Minnesota Inbetweeners 5: Fairhill won the first game through Stephen Worthington who defeated Gary Ormandy in straight frames. The Inbetweeners hit back in the next two games through Dessie Cooper and Clem Howard who both had 2-0 wins. Inbetweeners then made the match score 4-1 with a brace of 2-1 wins by Phil Houston and Ryan Logan over Ian Dewar and Gordie Allen and in both games the Fairhill had won the opening frame. In the final game Gareth Rowe wrapped it all up with a 2-0 win over Nigel McMaster. POM - Ryan Logan.

Moat A 6, Social Club 0: Marc McMullan won the opening frame against Barry Weir but that was as good as it got for Social Club as Moat reeled off wins from Weir, Ryan Stewart, Alan Rainey, Darren Campbell, Jason McKay and David Nicholl.

Towers Tavern 5, Coach 1: Towers were frimly in control of this match after wins from KD Crabbe, Dean Greer and James Millar before Frazer Young got Coach on the board.

Drew Sloan restored the three game advantage for Towers with a 2-0 win over Alan Balmer and in the last game Davy Millar had a walkover as Coach had only five players.