Hustlers will take pool league leadership into the new year

Fairhill Hustlers. L-R, George McCullough, Richie Irwin, Robert Graham, Richard Campbell, Jonathan Kilpatrick and Sean Brannigan. INBT 51-171CS
Fairhill Hustlers. L-R, George McCullough, Richie Irwin, Robert Graham, Richard Campbell, Jonathan Kilpatrick and Sean Brannigan. INBT 51-171CS

Fairhill Hustlers will take the leadership of the Ballymena Towers Pool League into the second half of the season after finishing 2015 in style.

The Ahoghill side beat Coach Bar to maintain their superb start to the season.

Moat A 2, Towers Tavern 4: K.D Crabbe got the Towers off to a great start with a 2-1 win over Barry Weir. Ryan Stewart levelled the match with a 2-1 win over Shane Moody. David Millar then gave the Towers a 2-1 lead in the match with a win in straight frames over Jason McKay. Alan Rainey levelled the match for a second time with a 2-0 win over Dean Greer. In the fifth game Drew Sloan had a 2-0 win over Darren Campbell and in the final game James Millar secured the win for the Towers with a 2-1 win over David Nicholl. POM - Ryan Stewart.

Michelin Masters 6, Fairhill Rockets 0: Jimmy Knowles and Brian Hanna put the Masters on their way with 2-0 victories over Alister Lowry and Stephen Worthington. In the third game Bobby Carson lost the first frame against Barry Kernohan but Bobby fought back to win 2-1 for the Masters. In the fourth game Alan Armstrong had a win in straight frames over Gary Allen to leave the match score at 4-0 for the Michelin Masters. In the fifth game David Armstrong lost the first frame against Ian Dewar but David battled back to win 2-1. In the final game Rick McMaster had a 2-0 win over Nigel McMaster. POM - Alan Armstrong. Fairhill Hustlers 5, Coach Bar 1: Justin Kilpatrick put Fairhill ahead with a come from behind 2-1 win over Darren Gilmore. In the second game Richard Campbell had a 2-1 win over Aidy Rouke. Sean Brannigan made the match score 3-0 for the Hustlers with a 2-0 win over Davy Gillespie. In the fourth game Robert Graham put the Hustlers further ahead with a 2-1 win over David Carlisle. Frazer Young pulled a game back for the Coach with a win in straight frames over Ritchie Irwin. The final game was won by the Fairhill as George McCullough completed a 2-0 win over Robert Artt. POM - George McCullough.

Minnesota Inbetweeners 5, Moat B 1: This match was started in fine style by the league champions and they reeled off three games without dropping a single frame , the winners for the Inbetweeners were Clem Howard, Michael Wilson, and Philip Houston who defeated Simon Kennedy, Adele Rutherford and Aaron Browne. In the fourth game Neil Weir pulled a game back for the Moat with a 2-0 win over Dessie Cooper. The final two games both went the same way and they resulted in 2-1 wins for Ryan Logan and Gary Ormandy who beat Dean Robinson and William Wilson. POM - Neil Weir.

Connolly’s 5, Social Club 1: Connolly’s got off to a good start with a brace of 2-0 wins for Pat McAnally (jnr) and Gary Clarke - who hit an eight-ball clearance - against Marc McMullan and Ross Hill. The next two games both went the same way with the Social Club winning the first frame only to lose the games 2-1 the winners for Connolly’s were Alan Davidson and Pat McAnally(snr). Social’s Alan Agnew had a win in straight frames over Ian Boal and in the final game Don McKeown beat Brian Boyd.