Johnson credits mental strength for maiden Gold success

ELLIOTT Johnson reckons improving the mental side of his game helped him gain his first success on the Cuestars Under-21 Gold Tour.

The 17-year-old from Sutton pocketed £100 in prize money after beating John Donovan (Camden Town) 2-0 in the final of the eighth leg at Fareham Snooker Club.

Johnson, who needed a snooker in the opening frame, struggled earlier in the day but has been taught how to dig deep by WPBSA coach Brian Cox.

The talented left-hander said: “I’ve been working with Brian on the mental side and it’s improved my snooker.

“My tactical game is not looking too bad. It’s a great feeling. It’s a good result.”

Now in his second season on the Gold Tour, Johnson had never been past the last-eight before.

O’Shay Scott (Eastleigh), who finished third in the European Under-16 Championship in Malta earlier in the week, and Ronnie Sullivan (Chipstead) were the losing semi-finalists.

Oliver Sykes (Chandler’s Ford) remains top of the rankings from Bradley Cowdroy (Bournemouth). Both players were knocked out of the European Under-21 Championship the previous day. Donovan is third.

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Greenbaize Snooker Club, Bournemouth, hosts the ninth leg of ten on Sunday, April 2.


Ronnie Sullivan: 51, 47, 47.
John Donovan: 46, 41.


ROUND-ROBIN GROUP A: 1st, Ronnie Sullivan (Dunstable Snooker Club); 2nd, John Donovan (Cousins, London); 3rd, O’Shay Scott (Chandlers Ford SC); 4th, Elliott Johnson (London Snooker Tooting); 5th, Will Forster (Waterlooville Sports Bar); 6th, Dylan Smith (Victoria SC, Tunbridge Wells); 7th, Simon Bubb (Gunnersbury Triangle Club).

SEMI-FINALS (15 points): Johnson 2-0 Sullivan, Donovan 2-1 Scott.

FINAL (£100/£25, 25/18 points): Johnson 2-0 Donovan.