Robert Carlisle pockets first East of Scotland title

Robert Carlisle with the trophy. Pic: Ian Georgeson
Robert Carlisle with the trophy. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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Robert Carlisle won his first East of Scotland snooker title when he defeated Craig MacGillivray 5-3 at the Bert Demarco Matchroom at the Corn Exchange.

The 23-year-old produced a fantastic display of break-building as he recovered from 3-2 down to beat the Scottish No.1, winning three frames on the spin to claim the title in front of a packed venue last night.

MacGillivray started the brighter, making a break of 61 in the first frame. However, Carlisle came back with runs of 42 and 37 to level at 1-1. Carlisle won a scrappy third frame and looked on course to take a two frame lead at the interval, before missing after stretching for an easy black with two reds left, letting MacGillivray back to win the frame on the black to level at 2-2.

MacGillivray then made runs of 20 and 37 to comfortably win the fifth, but a break of 64 allowed Carlisle to level the match once again.

That break seemed to give Carlisle the momentum he needed as he made a 43 in the seventh to lead 4-3 before building a break of 57, which proved enough to secure a 5-3 victory and the coveted title.

Carlisle said: “I thought I played well, making a few good breaks at the right time. It was a great match and a brilliant atmosphere with such a good spectator turnout. It was a strange match as we both had periods in the match when it looked like we were in control and it could have gone either way. I have been trying to win this trophy for a few years now so to finally get over the line is fantastic”.

Frames (MacGillivray first); 66-30; 0-95; 18-59; 59-47; 67-29; 24-64; 9-69; 5-85.