Teenage snooker sensation Ashley Carty enters 2015 with some momentum thanks to the biggest scalp of his career.
The Thurcroft youngster, who learned his trade at the North Notts Arena Snooker Academy and stars in the Worksop League, is still chasing his dream of becoming a professional.
And the last tournament of 2014 offered him more than a little encouragement, when he proved he can compete with the world’s very best players.
Qualifying for the last 32 of the German Masters, Carty picked up the scalp of the world number 15 Robert Milkins.
A delighted Carty told the Guardian: “It’s probably the best achievement of my career so far because it was a professional ranking event, and beating the world number 15 on the way just rounds it off.”
The event also afforded the 19-year-old the chance to gain some revenge over one of his historic rivals.
“I also beat the world number 76 James Cahill, who beat me in the final of the European Under 21s in 2013,” he added.
Beating a world top 15 player could give rise to concerns that Carty’s feet may leave the ground – but his overriding emotion wasn’t pride.
“Against Robert Milkins I it was a scrappy game with no big breaks from both of us, but my saftey and match play was solid and that’s what won me the game.”
“I was just very relieved after the match.”
But he admits it was a nice way to round off his competitive 2014, and it will spur him on towards his dream in 2015.
“It was the final event of the year and it was a great feeling to end the year on a high.”
“This year I just want to keep competing and winning as many games as I can, and hopefully turn professional and push on with my career.”