Larne’s Q Club will host Whitehead’s neighbors the Spartans. The Whitehead Trojans host the Green Island Colts. The Knockout Cup Qualification Round took place on Monday 18th September at the Carrick and District Pool League.
After a great result the previous night, Rockets to Be faced off against Whitehead Rangers and then Spartans. The Spartans got off to a strong start and maintained it throughout the match, taking advantage of their opponents’ small mistakes. Unfortunately, Rockers to Be were unable to show their heroics in the final round, losing 8-0.
Although it was a heartbreaking loss, the league’s newcomers will take heart from their performance and consider themselves a little unlucky not to put a few frames on the scoreboard.
Home team winners of the night – Jim Gilchrist x 2, Mark Millar x 2, Billy Pawson, Robert Hawkins, Kenny English, Trevor Whiteside.
The Scorpions welcomed the Whitehead Trojans to the Times Bar. Aaron Furr hit a great double and his customary finish to put the visitors ahead. The Scorpions quickly tied it up with a Lee McIlleavy win. Stevie Quinn gave the Trojans the lead again, and Chris Carson tied it at 2-2. Stephen McGlaughlin made it 2-3 and Aaron Farr chipped in his second goal before Paul Kerr made it 3-4 at half-time.
After Lee McSillevy equalized again, Aaron Farr completed a hat-trick and the Trojans raced to the hill with a win from Stuart Kelly and finally a decisive victory from Andy Quinn. The god of the pool was looking down on him. Chris Carson started hoping for a comeback for the Scorpions, but Stuart Kelly held his own and won the decisive 13th frame to secure a place in the semi-finals for the Whitehead men. The Scorpions wish the Trojans good luck in the next round.
Love & Big Ts Rockets v Q Club
The Whiteabbey Legion welcomed players from Larne in what will be an epic battle in the Carrick Poole League KO Cup District. The visitors took the lead with Brian Crilly scoring the first point, but Stuart McLean scored a good finish in the second frame to level the score at 1-1.
Then, keeping the momentum going, Love, Big T, and this year’s new recruit Warren Miskimin stepped up and the Rockets scored four points on one bounce to take a 4-1 lead. But Tyler McKee and Ryan Scott had other ideas and won the next two frames to close the gap and the Rockets went into the break with a 4-3 lead.
The second half of the game started in a similar pattern, with Tyler winning first and tying the score at 4-4. Big T and Love then won and the Rockets took the lead again with his 6-4. But Ryan Scott, Lawrie and Tyler fought back again with three frames on the bounce to give the visiting Larne side the lead again for the first time since Brian led 1-0.
The Q Club was leading 7-6, but it took Big T to steal the second frame against his old team Scampi to give the Rockets a chance at the playoffs. It wasn’t pretty, but Big T managed to force him to a 7-7 tie.
So, after a middling finish, some tactical battles, and an overall pretty tipsy night, it was down to MacKillop and Miskimin. Warren won a late break and crushed them, resulting in perhaps the best split of the night, but it was dry. To be fair, the ball opened up nicely, but it still required some precision, and Ryan delivered a nice reverse dish clinically.
Q Club members did their best, it was a good match. Good luck in the semi-finals.
After losing to the Railway Blues in their recent league game, the Green Island Colts looked for revenge in the cup game. Ryan Stewart won the first frame for the Blues, then Aaron Watters and Joe Patton took the next frame to put the Colts ahead.
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Kenny Crawford then equalized for the Blues, before captain Harry Warwick and vice-captain Colin Beckinsale won the next two frames, followed by Blues player Craig Loughlin who won the first half. The scoreline was a friendly but tense 4-3 in favor of the Colts.
However, Colts trailed slightly in the second half with wins from Glenn Burns, Aaron Watters and Harry Warwick, losing only one of their five spots, with Railway Blues team member Ryan Stewart taking the second half spot. Colt’s Colin Beckinsale was the only player to win the title. His team crossed the goal line. Final result: Railway Blues 4 Green Island Colts 8