Inbetweeners move into top spot as Masters falter

The Coach Bar pool team: David Carlisle, Frazer Young, David Gillespie, Cliffy Allison, Darnell Macrory and Paul Gray. INBT 46-804H
The Coach Bar pool team: David Carlisle, Frazer Young, David Gillespie, Cliffy Allison, Darnell Macrory and Paul Gray. INBT 46-804H

The Inbetweeners will begin the new year at the top of the Ballymena Towers Pool League after a surprise in the final round of fixtures in 2014.

Defending champions Michelin Masters suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Towers Tavern. And Inbetweeners took full advantage with a 6-0 eclipse of Social Club to soar to the top of the division.

Moat Mad Dogs 1, The Coach 5: Coach raced into a 5-0 lead, winning the first three games without dropping a frame through David Carlisle, Darnell McCrory and David Gillespie who all had 2-0 wins over Simon Kennedy, Adele Rutherford and Allan Agnew respectively.

Further wins from Frazer Young and Clifford Allison, who defeated Richard Bamber and Keith Agnew, wrapped up victory for Coach. but Moat Mad Dogs did not give up and William Wilson won the final game when he defeated Jimmy Gillespie in straight frames. POM - William Wilson.

Fairhill Dreamers 2, Mighty Moat 4: Dreamers took a 2-0 lead when Sean Brannigan and Kenny Allen beat Daniel Magill and Colin taylor in straight frames. But the tide turned dramatically as the Harryville side won each of the last four games. Dean Robinson and Steven Magill both beat Ricky Allen and Gary Allen in straight frames to level the scores in the match at 2-2. In game five David Nicholl beat Linzi McClelland by a 2-1 scoreline and in the final game Allan Rainey had a win in straight frames over Nigel McMaster. POM - David Nicholl.

Diamond Dazzlers 3, The Meatballs 3: Meatballs got off to a flyer when Pat McAnally defeated Brendan O’Mullan by a 2-1 scoreline after Pat had lost the first frame. Malcolm Graffin levelled the match score when he beat Owen Butler in straight frames.

Meatballs took the lead once again when David O’Sullivan defeated Chris Gordon by a 2-0 scoreline and Ryan Foster increased the lead to 3-1 in the match when he beat Ian Boal also in straight frames. Diamond came back and won game five through Robert Artt who came from a frame down to defeat Dee Irwin 2-1 and in the final game Adrian Rourke also came from behind to defeat Alan Davidson 2-1 to leave the final match score all square. POM - Ryan Foster.

Towers Tavern 4, Michelin Masters 2: Towers gave Michelin an early shock as they raced into a 2-0 lead through James Millar and David O’Neill, who beat Jimmy Knowles and David Armstrong.

Masters then started a comeback when Rick McMaster defeated Shane Moody in straight frames and Allan Armstrong won also in straight frames against Drew Sloan to level the match at 2-2. Towers regained the lead when Dean Greer beat Brian Hanna by a 2-1 scoreline and KD Crabbe completed a famous victory for the Balle side when he defeated Chris Penney in straight frames. POM - David O’Neill.

Inbetweeners 6, Social Club 0: Inbetweeners grabbed top spot in the league after a win over struggling Social Club. Brian Hannaway had a win in straight frames over Marc McMullan before Lee Wright defeated Eddie Fleck by a 2-1 scoreline.

The next two games were won in straight frames by Philip Houston and Gareth Rowe who defeated John Fleck and Ross Hill in straight frames. Ryan Logan had to come from being a frame down to win 2-1 against Albert McBride and in the final game Gary Ormandy beat Brian Boyd 2-0. POM - Brian Hannaway.

Connolly’s A 6, Diamond Duffers 0: No scorecard returned.

STANDINGS

The Inbetweeners 10-48; Michelin Masters 11-46; The Meatballs 9-41; Connolly’s A 9-39; Diamond Dazzlers 10-39; Towers Tavern 9-38; Mighty Moat 11-35; Fairhill Hustlers 10-28; The Coach 9-20; Fairhill Dreamers 10-19; Diamond Duffers 10-8; Social Club 10-8; Moat Mad Dogs 9-7.