The last unbeaten record in the Larne and District Pool League fell in the big top-of-the-table clash between Thatch and Ibrox.
Thatch won 10-5 thanks to a fantastic first session in which they won all five frames. Hat-tricks from Jonny Nelson and Alan Johnston helped them consolidate their position at the summit.
Saints stay in the race after defeating No. 1 Reds 10-5. New Northern Ireland ‘A’ player Ady Toner scored a fine treble for the Saints; as did Anthony McCorry.
Stuart Houston’s Gers are joint-third after a steady 9-6 win over Thatch Rockets.
Hugo Manson’s Feathers won the opening frame against LIPS, only for the Inver Park men to level at 1-1. But it was to be their only frame of the match as the Pigeon Club team reeled off 13 in a row to take both points.
Honours were even after the No. 1 Blues v St Comgall’s match, with Tyler McKee winning the vital 16th frame for the hosts.
No. 1 Club had to dig deep, winning the last four frames away to a dogged Station Bar team, with Kenny Hylands winning the play-off to secure the two points. Mickey O’Boyle had an unbeaten 2/2 for the Railway men as did William Irvine for No 1.
Dhu had a great win over the Highfliers storming back from 1-6 and 4-7 down. Sean Davidson won the play-off frame for Dhu to guarantee his team both points.
Results: Feathers 14-1 LIPS; Gers 9-6 Thatch Rockets; No 1 Blues 8-8 St Comgall’s; Saints 10-5 No 1 Reds; Thatch 10-5 Ibrox; Dhu 9-7 Highfliers; Station Bar 7-9 No. 1 Club
Fixtures (Jan 30): Thatch Rockets v Feathers; St Comgall’s v Gers; No 1 Reds v No 1 Blues; Ibrox v Saints; Larne FSC v Thatch; LIPS v Station Bar; Highfliers v No 1 Club.