City Air Express Home & Away Cup (Quarter Finals 1st Legs)
Pirates 7-7 Bees
Spartans 9-5 Barbarians
Monkstown 8-6 Greenisland
Rockers 5-9 Scorpions
Monkstown 8-6 GreenislandThis tie is still very much in the balance after a tight match at Monkstown. The hosts took the lead early when H.Warwick was unlucky to pot the black mid frame. But S.Lennon won a long black ball fight in the next to level at 1-1. The next 2 were shared, P.Henderson for Monkstown and W.Morrison for the GIs. The visitors took the lead for the first time courtesy of Captain H.Warwick but again the teams were level when P.Charles notched up a win. Lennon with his 2nd of the night gave Greenisland a 4-3 interval lead. Whatever Monkstown Captain S.Greenberg said at the interval must have worked as they reeled off 4 in a row to lead by 7-4, scorers were P.Henderson, G.Russell, R.Henderson and P.Charles. But back came the visitors yet again with a good finish from W.Morrison against S.Greenberg and a solid win from R.Croft. Greenisland were now hoping to take a draw back for the 2nd leg but P.Henderson had other ideas as he registered his 3rd win of the night with a whitewash, but more importantly giving his team a bit of breathing space for the return.
Spartans 9-5 BarbariansSpartans will be relieved to go to Greenisland for the return leg of this Home & Away Cup tie with a 4 frame advantage, as at one stage they trailed by 4-1. G.Harrington and P.Gingles got the visitors off to a good start before E.McDowell pulled one back for the hosts. When the Barbars won the next 2 through A.Galloway and Dk Whiteside Spartans Manager T.Maguire thought it was going to one of those nights. But a 7 frame in a row burst changed the dynamic of the tie, the point scorers being McDowell x2, English x2, Hawkins, Burns and McWhirter. The last 2 frames of the evening were shared, Harrington again for Barbarians, and Lowe for the Spartans. The tie is still wide open and the Barbars will still fancy it on their home table.