POOL: Saints storm past Tech Tornadoes

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Saints took a massive step towards winning the Q Club Larne Pool League title after a 9-6 success over Tech Tornadoes.

Even though they went 5-2 down, they rallied to win 9-6, aided by a Gary Johnston hat-trick.

The result heaped the pressure on Thatch who, despite mounting their own comeback from 7-5 down, drew 8-8 with Ibrox. Stephen Johnston won the play-off frame to earn the visitors a well-deserved point.

Q Pool ended a run of tough fixtures, emerging as comfortable 15-0 winners over Clonlee. Neil McKelvey, Barney Hylands, Paul Francey, Dessie Cooper and William Irvine all pocketed trebles.

Hugo Manson’s Feathers bagged a convincing 10-5 win at the Gers, setting them up nicely for next week’s clash against Ibrox.

The comeback of the week goes to No. 1 Blues who, from 5-0 down, battled all the way to draw 8-8 with No. 1 Reds. Craig Johnston was the man of the moment, winning the play-off frame.

Q Club’s run of form continued with a 9-7 play-off win at Station Bar, with Tyler McKee winning the 16th frame.

Elsewhere, Freewheelers and Thatch Rockets played out an 8-8 draw, while St Comgall’s whitewashed Ruby’s 15-0.

Results: Thatch 8-8 Ibrox; Gers 5-10 Feathers; Q Pool 15-0 Clonlee; Saints 9-6 Tech Tornadoes; No. 1 Reds 8-8 No. 1 Blues; Ruby’s 0-15 St Comgall’s; Station Bar 7-9 Q Club; Freewheelers 8-8 Thatch Rockets.

Fixtures (Dec 17): Ibrox v Feathers; Clonlee v Thatch; Tech Tornadoes v Q Pool; No. 1 Blues v Saints; St Comgall’s v No. 1 Reds; Q Club v Ruby’s; Thatch Rockets v Station Bar; Freewheelers v Gers.