Ireland international Ian McClure toasts triumph

Ian McClure
Ian McClure

Ireland international Ian McClure emerged triumphant in the Co-Operative Funeral Care UK Masters Tour at the Watson Stadium earlier this week.

The Ballybrakes Community player shrugged off the disappointment of his defeat by David Corkill in the International Open qualifier to surge through the field which earned him this title for the first time.

“I’m obviously delighted,” he said. “I was a little bit disappointed at losing out, not only in the International Open play-off, but also the Super Bowl and Scottish Open qualifiers.

“So this victory is certainly a little bit of consolation.”

McClure was pulled out of the hat against his international colleagues, Clifford Craig, Alistair Coleman and John McCullough.

And, even though he he narrowly lost his final match against McCullough (4-7, 5-7) his opening wins against Craig (11-1, 6-4) and Coleman (5-5, 8-5) was enough to earn McClure a semi final outing against his Ballybrakes mate Alistair Kennedy in the knockout stage.

Again he was pushed to the wire . . . McClure edging home in the opening set (4-3) before clocking up an equally tight 6-5 win in the second.

Kennedy topped the group containing Maurice McKeown, Nicholas Greenfield and Jim Fraser.

Sudbury’s Lea Blackham topped his section and booked his spot in the decider following a tense tie-break victory over Swansea’s Robert Chisholm.

But he was no match for McClure in the final, who stormed to an easy 9-0, 6-2 victory.