Station Hotel pool team claim first piece of silverware

The victorious Station Hotel Thornton B team
The victorious Station Hotel Thornton B team

The Miners Welfare Institute in Kinglassie was the venue last Wednesday for the East of Fife Pool League’s League Cup final.

This is the premier team event within the organisation and was fittingly contested by the two sides currently sitting joint top in the League Championship – Glenrothes Snooker Club and Station Hotel Thornton B.

And the Thornton side - made up of Kirkcaldy players - won 9-4.

Stephen Rafferty and James Wishart carved out a 2-0 lead with victories over Dan Inglis and Barry Galloway respectively.

Mike Murdoch then accidentally potted the black against Stephen Corcoran to make it 3-0.

Gary Wallace missed a black in the middle bag and could only watch as Nick Crawford’s great finish made it 4-0. Jamie Simpson saw the white ball roll into the bag after he potted the black against Ivan Thompson for 5-0 - and Chris Corcoran then broke and cleaned up against David McIvor for 6-0.

Snooker Club captain Jim Murray took the bull by the horns as he got his team’s first point by beating Kieran Corcoran. In the last frame of the first half Billy Martin produced a very good four ball finish against James Hamilton for 6-2.

In the first frame of the second set Scotland “B” International Jamie Simpson broke and cleared the table against Stephen Rafferty for 6-3.

Nerves looked as if they were creeping into the Station B side as James Wishart twice missed straight blacks against Mike Murdoch - but he failed to exploit his opponent’s missed efforts and it was third time lucky as James potted the black for 7-3 lead.

Snooker Club weren’t beaten yet and Billy Martin beat Stephen Corcoran before Ivan Thompson gave the Thornton side a four frame advantage with a six ball finish against Ian Lally.

In the 13th frame Jim Murray failed to secure a pot after the break as his attempted plant rattled the jaws. The Snooker Club captain could only then watch as Nick Crawford capitalised and produced an excellent seven ball finish which secured a 9-4 victory for the Thornton side giving them their first trophy.