Pool league starts in spectacular fashion

Drew Sloan had two eight-ball clearances on the opening night of the Ballymena Towers Pool League.
Drew Sloan had two eight-ball clearances on the opening night of the Ballymena Towers Pool League.

There was no sign of rustiness from the players as the Ballymena Towers Pool League season began last week.

There were a number of eight-ball clearances inckuding a remarkable FIVE clearances in the match between Minnesota Inbetweeners and Towers Tavern!

Coach 4, Moat B 2: Coach got off to a good start when Adrian Rouke had a 2-0 win over Steven Magill and this included an 8ball clearance. Frazer Young increased the lead for the Coach with a win in straight frames over Adele Rutherford. Moat hit back through Dean Robinson who came from behind to win 2-1 against Jordan Savage. William Wilson levelled the match score at 2-2 with a 2-1 win over Chris Gordon. David Carlisle restored the lead for the Coach and in the final game Malcolm Graffin had a 2-1 win over Daniel Magill. POM - Adrian Rourke.

Fairhill Hustlers 3, Connolly’s 3: Glenn Mairs set the Hustlers on the way with a 2-1 win over Don McKeown. Pat McAnally levelled the match with a 2-0 win over Sean Brannigan. Dee Irwin put Connolly’s into the lead in the match with a win in straight frames over Justin Kilpatrick. Kieran Butler made the match score 3-1 with a 2-0 over Ritchie Irwin. Hustlers then started a comeback and George McCullough had a 2-1 win over Ian Boal and in the final game Rab Graham had a 2-1 win over Pat McAnally Snr. POM - Glenn Mairs.

Social Club 0, Michelin Masters 6: Jimmy Knowles got Michelin off to a flyer with a win in straight frames over Steven Beagan. David Armstrong increased the lead for Michelin with a 2-0 win over Marc McMullan. In the third game Albert McBride won the first frame for Social Club but Rick McMaster hit back to win 2-1 and leave the match score at 3-0 for the Masters. The final three games all went the way of Michelin by 2-0 scorelines for Brian Hanna, Alan Armstrong and Chris Penny. POM - Alan Armstrong.

Moat A 4, Fairhill Rockets 2: Barry Weir put the home team ahead with a win in straight frames over Allister Lowry. The next three games all went to Moat and all by 2-0 scorelines for Michael Thompson, Darren Campbell and Alan Rainey. Rockets hit back through Ian Dewar who had a win in straight frames over David Nicholl. In the final game Linzi McClelland had a 2-1 win over Stewarty. POM - Ian Dewar.

Minnesota Inbetweeners 4, Towers Tavern 2: In the first game Drew Sloan had two 8ball clearances in his 2-1 win over Marc Higgins. In the second game Shane Moody had an 8ball clearance against Paul Francey. The champions hit back through Gary Ormandy who had a clearance. Ryan Logan levelled the match score at 2-2 with awin over Dean Greer and this also included an 8ball clearance. Philip Houston put Inbetweeners ahead for the first time with a win over James Millar. In the final game Gareth Rowe came from behind to beat K.D. Crabbe.