Joe Goddard won the 2003 York Pool Masters in emphatic style, rounding off with a 9-3 destruction of Kevin Clancy in the final to collect £400 and the winner's trophy at Tramways WMC.

While Goddard was the best player on the day, Clancy performed superbly and entertained the crowd with his attacking play, especially considering that he is unfamiliar with World Pool rules.

Goddard started the tournament by beating Andy Green 8-1.

Dave Catlow cruised to victory against Geoff Palmer on table 1, while on table 3 Paul Farmeary had little trouble disposing of Gav Pickard.

Andy Warriner, aged 14, recovered from trailing against Ian Baxter to book his place in round two.

In his second game Catlow trailed Paul Thomas but a mistake by Thomas in the next frame let Catlow in and he rattled off the next five frames to win the match.

Simon Newby, who many thought would win the tournament, was beaten by James Brown, who earned a last eight meeting with Goddard as a reward.

Mark Gerrard went through against Joe Moore, and Steve Thomas ended Warriner's involvement, but the final two matches in the second round went to deciders, Steve Bradley prevailing against Simon Barrass and Kev Clancy edging out Neil Harrison.

In the quarter-finals Farmeary crushed Catlow to book a semi-final date with Goddard, who was largely untroubled against James Brown. Clancy continued his run by beating Steve Thomas.

Bradley trailed 4-1 before levelling at 6-6 against Gerrard. In what turned out to be the deciding frame Gerrard escaped a snooker on the black and fluked it in the middle to end Bradley's tournament.

In the semi-finals Goddard avenged his previous night's defeat in the Independent League by beating Farmeary, while Clancy came from 7-2 down to beat Gerrard 8-7.

The next York Masters tournament will probably be run over two weekends with qualifiers needed for finals day. The quarter-finalists from last weekend's event will be seeded for the next one.

Updated: 10:29 Wednesday, April 16, 2003