Masters suffer title setback after surprise defeat to Inbetweeners

Mighty Moat pool team. L-R, Colin Taylor, David Nicholl, Dean Robinson, Daniel Magill, Stephen Nicholl. INBT 42-170CS

Mighty Moat pool team. L-R, Colin Taylor, David Nicholl, Dean Robinson, Daniel Magill, Stephen Nicholl. INBT 42-170CS

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Michelin Masters’ Ballymena Towers Pool League hopes suffered a setback when they lost to Inbetweeners last week.

Likely title rivals Meatballs took full advantage as they won 4-2 at Mighty Moat.

Results from last week are:

Mighty Moat 2, Meatballs 4: Meatballs got off to a great start when they won the first two games both in three frames.

First Barry McLarnon beat Michael Thompson by a 2-1 scoreline then Pat McAnally defeated Colin Taylor also by a 2-1 scoreline. Ryan Foster made the match score 3-0 to the Meatballs when he defeated Daniel Magill in straight frames.

David Nicholl put the home team on the scoresheet when he had a win in straight frames over Alan Davidson.

In game five David O’Sullivan restored the three game difference when he defeated Dean Robinson also in straight frames.

In the final game the home team won another game through Alan Rainey who defeated Brett McLaughlin by a 2-0 scoreline for a final score of 4-2 for the Meatballs. POM - David Nicholl.

Towers Tavern 6, Social Club 0: Derek Dunlop won the first frame for the Social Club but lost the next two to David O’Neill for an early lead for the Towers Tavern.

James Millar made the score 2-0 for the home team when he beat Eddie Fleck 2-0.

The Towers Tavern took the remaining four games all by 2-0 wins, their winners being Dean Greer, Drew Sloan, Paul Smyth and K.D. Crabbe who defeated Ross Hill, Brian Boyd, John Fleck and Marc McMullan to leave the final match score 6-0 for the Towers Tavern. POM - David O’Neill.

Inbetweeners 4, Michelin Masters 2: The away team got off to a good start when David Armstrong had an eight-ball clearance in frame one but this was not enough to win the game because Paul Francey won the remaining two frames for a 2-1 win for the Inbetweeners.

In game two the Masters levelled the score when Jimmy Knowles beat Brian Hannaway in straight frames. Gary Ormandy restored the lead for the Inbetweeners when he beat Rick McMaster by a 2-1 scoreline.

In game four Lee Wright increased the lead to 3-1 for the home team when he beat Alan Armstrong in straight frames with the help of an eight-ball clearance in frame one.

Masters pulled another game back when Chris Penny defeated Gareth Rowe by a 2-0 scoreline but in the final game Philip Houston defeated Brian Hanna by a 2-1 scoreline to leave the final match score of 4-2 for the Inbetweeners. POM - Lee Wright.

Diamond Dazzlers 4, Fairhill Hustlers 2: The home team raced into a 3-0 lead.

In the first game Ian Boal beat Paul Hayes 2-1 after losing the first frame.

Malcolm Graffin made it 2-0 when he beat Justin Kilpatrick 2-1 also after losing the first frame.

In game three Chris Gordon defeated Richard Campbell by a 2-1 scoreline.

Hustlers won the next two games to make the match score 3-2 for the Dazzlers, their first winner being George McCullough who defeated Brendan O’Mullan by a 2-1 score and in the next game Robert Graham had a win in straight frames over Adrian Rourke.

In the final game Robert Artt came from behind to defeat Ritchie Irwin 2-1 for a final match score of 4-2 for the Diamond Dazzlers. POM - Robert Graham.

* Coach V Diamond Duffers no scorecard returned

* Fairhill Dreamers V Connolly’s A match postponed and will be played at a later date