Europe demolish USA to regain Mosconi Cup

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Europe win the annual transatlantic tussle on the penultimate night to make it 13-13 overall, with one tie between the sides; Jayson Shaw crowned MVP; Both sides will reconvene in December 2021 when the event heads back Stateside and you can watch all the action on Sky Sports

Last Updated: 04/12/20 12:20am

Team Europe regained the Mosconi Cup with an emphatic victory over USA
Team Europe regained the Mosconi Cup with an emphatic victory over USA

Jayson Shaw sunk the winning shot for Team Europe, who demolished USA 11-3 to regain the Mosconi Cup for the first time in three years at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.

Europe sowed the seeds for success with a 5-0 rout on Wednesday and they returned to complete the job with Eagle Eye Shaw sinking the pot against Shane Van Boening to win the title with a night to spare.

“This time around we gelled better as a team, we played better in the doubles matches and we won a lot more lags which was massive because a lot of games came down to hill-hill and we managed to have the break in the last game which gave us the win,” Shaw told Sky Sports.

Mr MVP Jayson Shaw was Europe's main man as they regained the Mosconi Cup
Mr MVP Jayson Shaw was Europe’s main man as they regained the Mosconi Cup

Skyler Woodward and Van Boening were in need of a fast start against the European pairing of Albin Ouschan and Joshua Filler in the opening match.

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Shane Van Boening opened the night with this stunning 2-9 combination shot. Did he mean it?
Shane Van Boening opened the night with this stunning 2-9 combination shot. Did he mean it?

And they got it when SVB made the best possible start against the lag thanks to a wonderful 2-9 combination shot along the rails. But Ouschan and Killer Filler hit back in fine style to claim the next four racks and move on the hill.

The Americans won the next but when Woodward was unable to conjure up some magic from an almost impossible position, the men in blue cleared up to win it 5-2 and move two points away from overall victory.

Albin Ouschan has played some inspired pool over the last couple of days
Albin Ouschan has played some inspired pool over the last couple of days

“It was an awesome feeling. I’ve been waiting for that moment for a long time now and it came,” Ouschan said. “We played very well and a perfect start to the day.

“I feel good (playing Mosconi Cup). I feel like it’s my tournament but I’m missing the crowd a lot.”

Filler, the 2018 world champion, was back out against Kentucky Kid Woodward looking to pile on the misery for the Americans.

After an unfortunate scratch in the opening rack from Woodward, the young German took over by winning three racks in succession. The two-time MVP held his head in his hands after missing the 9 ball allowing Filler to slot home before completing the whitewash win and putting Europe on the hill.

“We just prepared well. Alex (Lely) gave us a lot of drills so we were looking forward to playing USA this year,” said Filler. “We are just better prepared than the USA.”

Billy Thorpe (left) and Chris Robinson celebrate winning the USA's first point since Tuesday
Billy Thorpe (left) and Chris Robinson celebrate winning the USA’s first point since Tuesday

It was left to the pairing of Ouschan and reigning world champion Gorst to take Europe over the winning line when they went up against Chris Robinson and Billy Thorpe.

The Americans were determined to keep the tie alive though and they opened an early 2-0 lead following a scratch from Ouschan. Robinson and Thorpe were working well together to win the next before the Europeans won a messy rack to make it 3-1.

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Thorpe, making his fourth appearance at the Mosconi Cup, was determined to bag ‘The Cheese’ at the Ricoh Arena
Thorpe, making his fourth appearance at the Mosconi Cup, was determined to bag ‘The Cheese’ at the Ricoh Arena

Thorpe found the angle on the 9 ball to move on the hill and although Europe won the next two racks the team of Robinson and Thorpe completed the job to make sure Jeremy Jones’ quintet avoided their joint-heaviest defeat in Mosconi Cup history.

In the ultimate grudge match, the unbeaten Jayson Shaw went up against 14-time Mosconi Cup participant Van Boening knowing victory was in their sights.

Shaw had already got the better of his opponent in the fans’ choice match on Wednesday and the Scot was determined to seal the deal.

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Shaw celebrates sinking the winning shot before dancing with delight with his teammates
Shaw celebrates sinking the winning shot before dancing with delight with his teammates

With both players not giving an inch, it was Shaw who moved 3-2 ahead before SVB came up dry to allow his opponent to clear up and move on the cusp of glory.

USA skipper Jones showed his frustration by arguing with the referee before the start of the next rack.

It was a rack in which Shaw failed to bank the 8 ball, allowing Van Boening to keep the match alive.

But it was over in the next rack as Shaw buried the 5 ball before clearing up to end Europe’s three-year drought.

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Team Europe captain Alex Lely believes his side can dominate the Mosconi Cup for the next decade!
Team Europe captain Alex Lely believes his side can dominate the Mosconi Cup for the next decade!

Night Three Results

Ouschan/Filler 5-2 Van Boening/Woodward
Filler 5-0 Woodward
Ouschan/Gorst 3-5 Robinson/Thorpe
Jayson Shaw 5-3 Shane Van Boening

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Source : Sky Sports