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Underdogs are good as gold in cup shock

Golden Lion earn unlikely victory against King’s Cross Assassins in 'the FA Cup' of the Chalk Farm Pool League

25 January, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

Francis Murphy inspired Golden Lion to victory in the Liam Tarrant Cup

THERE are just eight teams left vying for the right to get their hands on the Liam Tarrant Cup following a topsy-turvy night at the tables on Monday.

Dubbed “the FA Cup” of the Chalk Farm Pool League, there isn’t a team in Camden or Islington that wouldn’t love to see their name etched on the highly sought-after silverware.

The race to win it was blown wide open when defending champions the King’s Cross Assassins and stablemates King’s Cross Hurricanes were both knocked out.

The Hurricanes, who were tipped as one of the favourites to land the prize, were beaten 5-3 by DOB Dynamos on their own table at the Hurricane Room in King’s Cross.

But the shockwaves of that result were overshadowed by the news that Division One side Assassins were dumped out of the competition despite taking the lead against Division Two outfit Golden Lion. Francis Murphy won the pick of the frames as he potted “a series of difficult shots” to earn Golden Lion an unlikely 5-2 victory – and with it a spot in the quarter-finals.

“It was a great team performance, but Francis played some naughty pool,” beamed Golden Lion captain Aaron Gourlay.

“He slammed in two testing yellows down the rail before wrapping up his win with a composed black. He put us in the driving seat, and gave us the confidence we needed to go on and win the tie.”

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