White Wins at Goffs
Jimmy White has won the insuremyvan.ie Seniors Irish Masters following a 4-1 success against Ireland’s Rodney Goggins in County Kildare.
Staged at the iconic Goffs venue, the event was the second of this season’s World Seniors Snooker Tour (WSST), following the UK Seniors Championship won by Ken Doherty last October.
Like Doherty, White continues to ply his trade on the professional circuit and made an impressive start to the tournament with a comfortable opening day victory against Willie Thorne, before he edged out Northern Ireland’s Patrick Wallace 3-2 to progress to the final.
Awaiting the six-time world championship finalist was Ireland’s Rodney Goggins, who having lost to Doherty at the quarter-final stage at the previous event, turned the tables with a 3-1 victory against the 1997 world champion to reach the semi-finals. There he took out another former world champion in Joe Johnson to set up a title match against White.
Although Goggins was to make the perfect start by taking the opening frame of the match, it was White who would eventually power to a 4-1 victory with a top break of 96 in the fourth frame to claim victory in Ireland.
The title is the third Seniors event victory for White following previous successes at the 2010 World Seniors Championship and more recently the 2017 UK Seniors Championship.
Together with event title sponsor insuremyvan.ie, the tournament was also supported by WSST partners Wyldecrest Homes, Voofoo Studios and Victor Wood Kia.
Jimmy White 4-1 Rodney Goggins
Rodney Goggins 3-0 Joe Johnson
Jimmy White 3-2 Patrick Wallace
Rodney Goggins 3-1 Ken Doherty
Joe Johnson 3-1 Dennis Taylor
Jimmy White 3-0 Willie Thorne
Patrick Wallace 3-0 Aaron Canavan