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Ullah on his way

Too much pressure for Dalmatin

Treviso, Italy: Mattey Ullah (NOR) defeated Karlo Dalmatin (CRO) with a clear 9:5 result. Ullah was never trailing all the way through the match. He took a quick 2:0 lead  but

Mattey Ullah (NOR) in the zone

Mattey Ullah (NOR) in the zone

Dalmatin  managed  to  tie the  match  at  2:2.  Then,  Ullah continued  with  his  strong  and  solid performance  and  put  a  lot  of pressure  on  Dalmatin.  Whether  it was  Dalmatin  not  being  able  to handle  the  pressure  or  simply  bad luck  for  the  Croatian  can  only  be guessed.  Fact  is  that  Dalmatin  had many  unforced  errors  and  several unlucky  incidents  that  probably  cost him the match. In the 10th rack, Ullah was leading 5:4. Dalmatin had just returned from his time-out  and  fired  a  good  break  shot,  leaving  only  7  balls  on  the  table.  The layout was  perfect  for him.  He tried to bank the 3-ball and lost  control over  the cue ball which scratched in a corner pocket. Instead of tying the match at 5:5 he
was  now  trailing  4:6.  Ullah  took  advantage  of  his  opponent’s  errors  and improved his play  during the  match.  Two  incidents in rack  11  and 13 probably broke Dalmatin’s neck: In rack 11 he missed the 8-ball in the corner pocket and in rack  13 he pocketed the 8-ball but  the cue  ball scratched in the side pocket from an unbelievable angle. Tough luck for Dalmatin. Who knows  how he would have played that shot if he had not been trailing all the way through the match…
Ullah had no mercy  and  accepted the  gifts  he  was given,  demonstrating rock solid pool. 9:5 was the result  in the end in favor of  Ullah. He will continue on  the  winner’s side  while  Dalmatin  has to  make  his  way  through  the  loser’s bracket now.

Other  notable  results   include  Mark  Gray  (GBR)  winning  with  9:6  over Tomas Larsson (SWE). Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE) remained the upper hand in a great match with 9:5 over young Wojciech Szewczyk (POL). Albin Ouschan (AUT)  made  his  way  to  the  next  winner’s  round  with  a  nice  9:6  victory  over Vegar  Kristiansen   (NOR).  Hall  of  Famer  Ralf  Souquet  (GER)  had   an unexpectedly  tough fight  with Miguel Silva (POR).  In the end,  the German won with 9:7. Local hero Fabio Petroni (ITA) destroyed Ralf Seeliger (GER) with 9:2.
The  event  is  hosted  by  the  European  Governing  Body  for  Pool,  the European  Pocket  Billiard  Federation  (EPBF)  and  organized  by  International Billiard Promotion (IBP).  For further information and reference please go to the federation website  www.eurotouronline.eu ,  follow us  on twitter  @EPBF_News or contact our press office.

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