McCarthy hat-trick helps Thatch

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Something had to give in week five of the Larne Pool League as Thatch and Ibrox - both with 100 per cent records - went head-to-head.

It was looking good for Ibrox who forged 4-0 up but a Ronan McCarthy hat-trick brought Thatch right back into it.

With each side trading frames until the play-off, a decider was needed.

Thatch were 8-7 up and, thanks to a classy break-and-dish from Gerry McCorry, the champions got a well-earned two points to claim a 9-7 win.

The No. 1 Club stay joint-top after they recorded their second 14-1 win of the season - this time against Thatch Rockets.

The Saints also kept alive their title hopes with an impressive 13-2 win over the Reds. Stablemates St Comgall’s remain joint-bottom after a 11-4 defeat away to the ever0improving Blues who were aided by hat-tricks from Neil McFaul and Matthew Thompson.

Station Bar pocketed their second win in a row, 10-5 against the Gers, with Micky O’Boyle and Paul Smyth weighing in with hat-tricks.

Feathers found it tough going against BSQ Rangers trailing 4-1. But they were inspired to a 10-5 win helped by a Ian McCalmont hat-trick.

At Q Club, a Darren Mcclelland hat-trick couldn’t stop Ruby’s losing 9-6 to the hosts who were helped by a Marty Goudie treble.

Results (October 2)

No. 1 Blues 11-4 St. Comgalls

Saints 13-2 No. 1 Reds

Thatch Rockets 1-14 No. 1 Club

Q club 9-6 Ruby’s Rockets

BSQ Rangers 5-10 Feathers

Station Bar 10-5 The Gers

Ibrox 7-9 Thatch

Fixtures (October 9)

St Comgall’s v Ibrox

No. 1 Reds v No. 1 Blues

No. 1 Club v Saints

Ruby’s v Thatch Rockets

Gers v Q Club

Thatch v BSQ Rangers

Feathers v Station Bar