|Posted by seamus mccormick on October 17, 2017 at 7:15 AM||comments (1)|
Welcome to the Fona Cab Central Darts league where week 4 served up some excellent darts. With the table starting to take shape where Hibs 58 sit top of the table many will be looking to keep pace and overhaul the reigning champions. Caseys, Star Celtic and The Forresters were all looking to overcome their difficult start to the season and register some valuable points. Without further ado lets see how the night developed.
Game 1 saw Crumlin Star host O'Donnells, with O'D's arriving in confident form after a strong start of the season. Brian George and Paul Porter got the hosts off to the perfect start beating Ricky Sadler and Tom Kearney. Porter finishing in 20 darts and throwing 3x100 scores, while George took out a nice 84 finish. Kevin O'Neill reduce the margin with a 2-1 win over Alan Murphy winning in 19 darts and throwing 2x120 in the process. Murphy scored well with 2x120 and 2x100 scores. Tucker Kearney restored parity with a 2-1 over Peter Fitzpatrick. Kearney scoring well with 4x100 and finishing in 19 darts. Stevie Jones gave O'Ds the lead for the first time with a 2-1 win over Fra Glennon, with jones finishing in 24 darts and an 80 out. Rab Green extended O'Ds lead beating Dougie Bowes 2-0. With the game standing at 4-2 Paul Thompson tried to rally his team against James McStravick, Thompson taking the first leg in 23 darts and a 52 finish. However McStravick showing his class combined finishing and scoring to devastating effect. McStravick taking out a 91 and a 125 in 21 and 27 darts ensured the points of the O'Ds men and earned him the man of the match accolade. The last game of the night saw Ben Lagan beat Martin Lawlor 2-0, scoring well with 2x100, and finishing in 22 and 27 darts. The final score 5-3 O'Donnells.
Game 2 saw Caseys and Star Celtic both looking for their first points of the season. Caseys wasted no time in taking control of the game sprinting to a 2-0 lead through man of the match Kevin Mallon and Dan Cahoon. Mallon finishing in 17 darts won 2-0 against Paddy McAllease while Dan Cahoon won 2-0 taking out a 57 finish against Tony Kelly. Matt Boyle extended Caseys lead with a 2-0 win over Henry McTasney jnr. Boyle scoring well with 2x100 and a 120. Eugene Brannigan put his team within touching distance of their first win with a 2-1 win over Gerard Smith. But it was Brian Kerr who sealed the points for the Caseys men with an excellent 99 finish in a 2-0 win against Stephen Curley. Henry McTasney snr restored some pride beating Gerry McElduff 2-0 in 30 darts. Before Paul and Liam McMenamin both had 2-1 wins against Rab Lyttle and Gerard Burns. Lyttle finishing in 22 darts with 5x95+ scores. The final score 7-1 Caseys.
Game 3 saw St Matthews travel to Clonard Hibs in what promised to be a close match. Conor Hanna got the home team off the a perfect start beating Jim Lavery 2-0 in 21 and 24 darts. Conor Toner provided a man of the match performance with a 2-1 win over Joe O'Kane to put the Hibs men 2-0 up. Toner with 4x95+ winning in 18 and 26 darts and taking out a lovely 79 finish. Dessie Magee extended the Hibs lead with a 2-0 win over Jap McKinley, Magee finishing in 23 darts scored well with McKinley 2x95+. Con Kielty offered stern resilience with a 2-1 win over Dan Sloane, Kielty showing taking out 79 and 60 in 21 darts. Adam McDade restored Hibs lead with a 2-1 win over Martin Irwin in 22 and 25 darts. McDade scored well with 2x120, 2x95 and a 140. While Irwin finished his game in 23 darts and threw a 180, 2x140 and 2x95. Pat McGahan pulled one back for the St Matts men beating Paddy McCorry 2-1 in 25 darts, scoring well with a 120,140 and 95. McCorry winning his game in 26 darts with 2x95+. John McCann ensured the full points for the Hibs men with a 2-0 win over Mick McCartan in 27 darts before John McGarth finished strongly in 21 and 24 darts in a 2-0 win over Billy McDade.
Game 4 saw Donegal Celtic host the impressive Hibs 58 who were looking to extend their unbeaten run. Tony Corr and Martin Mooney got the visitors off to the perfect start. Corr winning 2-0 with 3x100 scores against Sean Armstrong who himself scored 2x100. Mooney scored well with 2x100, 140 and 2x95 won 2-1 against Alan Hanna (140,100,95). Paddy McGuinness pulled one back for the DC men beating Sean Patterson 2-1. McGuinness combining finishing and scoring to good effect with a 15 darter and 98 out. Davy McCusker provided a man of the match performance with two 17 darters, a 76 out and a 180. The unlucky DC player was Kevin O'Corrrol who scored well with 2x95, 120 and 180. Mark Lynch extended Hibs lead with a 2-0 win over Joe Corr, Lynch with his usual scoring power of 4x100s and a 140. Martin Corbett secured the points for Hibs 58 with a 2-1 over Jerry Smith. Smith winning his game in 19 darts wasn't enough with Corbett out scoring him with 6x95 scores. With the points in the bag Hibs won the next two through Tucker Clarke and Peter McDonnell, both winning 2-1. Clarke beating Gerry Murray with 2x95 scores, while Murray winning his game in 24 darts took out a 74 finish on the bull. McDonnell took out a 113 finish with 4x95 scores met stern resistance from Matt Doone who took out a 85 finish off his own and 4x95+. The final score 7-1 Hibs 58.
The final game of the night saw Casement make the journey to The Forresters. Casement who have been in fine form were looking to deny The Forresters their first points. First up Gerry McCormick provided a man of the match performance with 2x180s beating Andy Gray 2-1. McCormick showing devastating scoring with 4x95+, 120 and a 140 took out a 16 and 17 darter. Gray scored well himself wth 3x95+ and a 120+, winning his game in 30 darts. Ciaran McKay put the casement men 2-0 with a comfortable win over Gerard Callaghan with 2x27 darters, before Joe Doone made it 3-0 with a 2-0 win over John Toner. Vinty Lenzi put the Casement men within one win for maximum points with an excellent win over Ray Lavery. Lenzi winning 2-1 with two 20 darts finishes scored well with 2x120+ and 2x140+. Lavery also scored well with 2x120 and a 140 won his game in 28 darts. With the game looking beyond them The Forresters relied on Sean McCurdy to provide inspiration, and he duly obliged with a 2-0 win over Michael Tierney. McCurdy with 3x120s won in 23 and 29 darts brought the score back to 4-1. However the revival would be short lived with Martin Lavery beating Freddie Steegles in 26 darts outscoring his man with 3x120 scores. With the points in the bag Charlie Press convincingly beat Paul Stafford 2-0 in 18 and 22 darts with 5x120 scores. The final game of the night saw Paddy Dempsey beat Henry McCann with both scoring well. McCann with 3x120 and a 140 won his game in 20 darts. However it was Dempsey who was to prevail with a 95, 120 and a 140. The final score 6-2 Casement.
After an excellent night of darts across the board players will be looking forward to the 3 asides which will be held in the Hibs club. With Clonard Hibs A looking to retain their title, all will be looking to battle through the qualifiers to give them a chance at glory in the upcoming finals. Until next week keep practicing and hold your nerve.
|Posted by seamus mccormick on October 10, 2017 at 9:35 AM||comments (1)|
Welcome back to the fonacab central darts league week 3. After a two week break, where Hibs 58 won the Corbett cup, we are back to the league with vital points on the line. Without further ado lets see how the night unfolded.
The first game of the night saw Clonard Hibs on the road to Casement. After such a close game between the two in the Corbett cup both sides wanted to show their worth, and they didn't disappoint. Game 1 saw Dan Delaney beat Ciaran McKay 2-0 finishing in 22 darts and 2x120+, with McKay scoring 2x100+. Gerry McCormick's experience was too much for the raw talent of John McGrath, emerging a 2-1 victor in 17 and 24 darts with 4x100+ scores in the process. McGrath scored well with 4x100+ and 2x120+ and finishing in 16 darts. The game standing at 1 each Paul Condon beat a battling Anto Smith in 20 and 24 darts with a 74 finish. Smith showed his scoring power with 2x120+, 2-1 Casement. Vinty Lenzie readily took care of Joe Scott, winning 2-0 in 24 and 25 darts with 3x100+ scores, Joe Scott had no answers. With the game standing at 3-1 to Casement Adam McDade and Paddy McCorry showed their class taking the next two games without dropping a leg. McDade finishing in 18 and 25 darts with 2x120+ scores. The unlucky casement men were Henry McCann and Martin Lavery, McCann hitting 4x100+ scores. Stevie Magee showed once again his class with a man of the match display against Charlie Press. Magee winning 2-0 in 16 and 20 darts, throwing 3x100+ and a 180. With Hibs in the lead it was down to the final game with Michael Tierney against Conor Hanna. Both players played well with Tierney hitting a 180 and 4x100+, while Hanna hitting a 100+,120+ and 140+. However it was Tierney who won in 19 and 23 darts to ensure a share of the spoils for the Casement men. The final score 4 – 4
Game 2 saw St Matthews host Donegal Celtic, with St Matts looking to avenge their defect to DC in the Corbett Cup. Game 1 saw Billy McDade beat Sean Armstrong 2-1 in 27 and 28 darts, with Armstrong showing resilience with a 25 darter of his own. Martin Irwin's man of the match display put St Matts 2-0 up, winning in 18 and 24 darts with 3x100+ scores. The unlucky DC player was Gerry Murray. Joe Corr tried to rally the team with a 2-1 victory over Mick McCartan scoring well with 2x120+ and 2x95+ scores. McCartan winning his leg in 23 darts throwing 3x95+ scores of his own. The revival would be short lived as St Matts won the next 3 games without dropping a leg. Pat McCahan won 2-0 in 27 darts against Seamus Armstrong, while Joe O'Kane was victorious in 20 and 25 darts over Gary Smith. Con Kielty combined scoring and finishing to good effect with a 23 and 24 darter and finishes of 86 and 96. The unlucky DC player was Matt Doone. With the points in the bag at 5-1 Dee Ireland and Paddy McGuinness restored some pride with a 2-1 and 2-0 win over Joe McAttamney and Caoimhin Curran. Ireland winning in 27 and 28 darts with a 73 finish met resistance from McAttamney who took out a 85 finish in 24 Darts. McGuinness winning in 22 and 23 darts scored well with 2x95+ scores and a 140. The final score 5-3 St Matthews.
Game 3 saw Hibs 58, coming off the back of cup glory, looking to extend their perfect start to the season against a strong Caseys side looking for their first win. The first game saw Mark Lynch put the Hibs men 1 nil up beating Peter Leckey 2-0 in 20 darts with 3x120+ scores. Martin Mooney, in a man of the match display, beat Matt Boyle in 18 and 21 darts scoring 4x95+ along the way. Boyle showed his scoring power with 2x95+ and a 120. Davey McCusker made it 3-0 to Hibs beating Eugene Brannigan 2 nil. Kevin Mallon, trying to stop the rot, beat Tony Corr 2-1 in 21 and 25 darts. Mallon scored well with 2x140+ and lovely 104 finish, 3-1 Hibs. Once again the revival would be in vain with Martin Corbett and Tucker Clarke securing the points for the home team against Liam McMenamin and Gerry McElduff. Corbett scoring well with 5x95+ won in 23 and 29 darts. Withe points now secured for the Hibs 58 men Sean Patterson scored well against Brian Kerr to win 2-0 in 24 darts and 2x140s. Kerr showed his usual scoring power with 2x95+ of his own. Peter McDonnell took on Dan Cahoon in the final game with both players in good form. McDonnell scored well with 5x95+ and 2x120+, with Cahoon throwing 3x95+ of his own. However it was McDonnell who would prevail in 19 and 24 darts to win 2-1, with Cahoon providing stern resistance in 16 darts. The final score 7-1 Hibs 58.
Game 4 saw The Forresters make the journey to Crumlin Star. First up Paul Thompson beat Sean McCurdy in 26 and 18 darts, with 3x100+ and a 140. Alan Murphy extended Crumlins lead to 2 beating Paul Stafford 2-0 in 26 darts. Peter Fitzpatrick beat Paddy Dempsey throwing 3x100+ scores in the process. Dempsey showed his usual fight with a 24 darter of his own. With the game standing at 3-0 Crumlin hit their stride and took the next 3 games without dropping a leg. Dougie Bowes beat Ray Lavery 2-0 before Ben Lagan beat Andy Gray in a man of the match performance. Lagan finishing in 16 and 20 darts and taking out a nice 76 finish. Fra Glennon made it 7-0 beating John Toner 2-1 before Freddie Steagles restored some pride for The Forresters. Steagles beating Brian George took out an excellent 100 finish in the process. The final score 7-1 Crumlin Star.
The final game of the night saw Star Celtic make the long journey to O'Donnells in what was to be a long night for the Star Celtic men. James McStravick started the 8-0 route beating Henry McTasney 2-1 with Martin Lawlor doing the same against Rab Lyttle. Ricky Saddler made it 3-0 to the O'Donnells men beating Paddy McAleese 2-0. Rab Green and Tucker Kearney combined well to win 2-0 each against Henry Carson and Gerard Smith to make it 5-0. Stevie Jones provided a man of the match performance against Gerard Burns to win 2-1 before Kevin O'Neill comfortably beat Paul Fitzpatrick 2-0 to make in 7-0. Tom Kearney completed the whitewash beating Aaron McGovern 2-0 in what was a great team effort by the O'Donnells men. The final score 8-0 O'Donnells.
After a very entertaining night of darts all were looking forward to next week for an opportunity to put points on the table. Clonard Hibs host St Matthews in a game that never fails to disappoint. Casement make the trip to The Forresters while Crumlin Star look to use their home advantage against a confident O'Donnells. Caseys will look to turn their luck around against a Star Celtic who will be eager to prove a point. Finally Hibs 58 make the journey to Donegal Celtic in what promises to be another exciting night of darts. Until next week keep practicing and hold your nerve.
|Posted by seamus mccormick on October 3, 2017 at 8:05 AM||comments (19)|
Welcome to the Fona Cab central darts league and another exciting night of darts. This week Crumlin star hosted the final of the Corbett Cup where Donegal Celtic, Clonard Hibs, Crumlin Star and Hibs 58 did battle in a one leg 701 format. Before the final we saw two semi finals, with players looking for their first taste of glory this season.
Donegal Celtic, after their brilliant win over St Matthews, fancied their changes against a Clonard Hibs team who themselves overcame the experience of Casement. DC quickly set the tone of the game going 2 nil up through Kevin O'Carroll and Matt Doone who both scored well taking down Dan Delaney and John McCann. Conor Hanna reduced the margin with a man of the match display beating Gerard Smith in 24 darts. Paddy McGuinness reestablished the margin beating Paddy McCorry before Anto Smith was victorious over Dee Ireland, 3-2 to DC. Joe Corr extended DC's lead to two beating Conor Toner scoring and finishing to good effect. Clonard Hibs showed their resilience winning the next two through John McGrath and Adam McDade to bring the game back to level. The unlucky DC men were Sean Armstrong and Colm McGuinness. With the game finely poised we saw Desi Magee play Alan Hanna in a decider, with Hanna combining good scoring and finishing to send DC to a well deserved final.
Semi final 2 saw Hibs 58 play hosts Crumlin Star in an entertaining game. Hibs went 1 nil up through Peter McDonnell snr before Paul Porter restored parity. Davey McCusker and Martin Mooney made it 3-1 to Hibs with Mooney, in a man of the match display, hitting a 180 and finishing in 27 darts. Dougie Bowes pulled one back for the Crumlin star men. However the revival was in vain with Damien and Martin Corbett both winning to make the score 5-2 and send Hibs 58 into the final.
With the qualifiers out of the way we were down to two teams fighting for the first cup of the season. Hibs 58 were looking to retain the cup while Donegal Celtic, after showing great cup form, wanted their own taste of glory. The first game saw Davey McCusker play Paddy McGuinness with McCusker winning in 32 Darts. McGuinness scored well hitting 3x100+ however it was McCusker who held his nerve to put the Hibs men 1-0 up. Peter McDonnell snr wasted no time in extending their lead beating Dee Ireland throwing 2x135s and 2x95s, with Ireland scoring 2x100+ of his own. Martin Corbett provide a man of the match performance over Matt Doone winning in 25 darts, while Doone showed heart with a 140 and 100. Tucker Clarke put the cup within touching distance beating Colm McGuinness in 29 darts with an 80 finish. McGuinness again scored well with a 140 and 2x100s. The game standing at 4-0 to Hibs, Damien Corbett battled it out with Gerard Smith with both players scoring well. However it was Corbett, in 33 darts, who provided a fitting ending to an excellent game and send the Hibs 58 men into celebrations. Smith showed his usual excellent scoring and epitomised Donegal Celtics fight which will benefit them throughout the season. Congratulations to a worthy Hibs 58 team who showed their winning form that won them the the league last year.
Next week we are back to the league where teams have had time to blow away the cobwebs and look to put points on the league table. Crumlin Star host The Forresters, while Clonard Hibs visit Casement. St Matts look to extend their perfect start against an in form Donegal Celtic while Hibs 58, buoyed after their cup success, host Caseys. Finally Star Celtic play O'Donnells in what promises to be another exciting week of darts. Until next week keep practising and hold your nerve.
|Posted by seamus mccormick on September 28, 2017 at 4:35 AM||comments (2)|
MANY CONGRATULATIONS TO HIBS 58 ON WINNING THE FIRST CUP OF THE SEASON,THE EDDIE CORBETT CUP,DEFEATING DONEGAL CELTIC IN THE FINAL.
RESULTS AND THE REPORT OF THE NIGHT WILL FOLLOW IN JOE SCOTTS REPORT.
|Posted by seamus mccormick on September 26, 2017 at 11:15 AM||comments (2)|
Welcome to the Fona Cab central darts league and this week Crumlin Star hosted the qualifying rounds of the Corbett Cup. With the usual 701 format in play we saw Caseys take on Casement and Donegal Celtic against Star Celtic in the preliminaries.
Prelim 1 saw Casement play Caseys with Casement racing to a 3-0 lead through Henry McCann, Michael Tierney and Gerry McCormick with the latter finishing in 29 darts. The Caseys unlucky Caseys players were Paul McMenamin, Peter Lecky and Eugene Brannigan. Butch Mallon pulled one back beating Paul Condon to make it 3-1 before Seamy Martin restored their lead beating Matt Boyle. Man of the match Dan Cahoon provided a glimmer of hope for the Caseys men with a 28 darter over Martin Lavery. However Vinty Lenzie defeated Olcan Kearney to cut Caseys cup run short and put the Casement men into the next round.
Prelim 2 saw Donegal Celtic take on Star Celtic in what was close fought match right to the end. Star Celtic went 1-0 up through Paul Fitzpatrick against Kevin O'Carroll before Alan Hanna restored parity against Henry Carson. Gerard Smith restored the Stars lead against Dee Armstrong before Dee Ireland brought the score back to level against Henry McTasney jnr., 2-2. Refusing to give up their lead Star Celtic went ahead through man of the match Gerard Burns in 30 darts against Joe Corr, 3-2. Colm McGuinness showed character with a 32 darter of his own against Henry McTasney snr to make it 3 apiece. Paddy McAllease (30 darts) put Star Celtic back into the lead for the last time as Donegal Celtic showed great resilience to take the final two games. Sean Armstrong and Paddy McGuinness defeated Rab Little and Eamon McGovern to send Donegal Celtic into the next round in a very entertaining match.
With the preliminaries out of the way we were left with 8 teams all vying for a place in next weeks semi finals. First game up saw Crumlin star against The Forresters in a tense game where every leg counted. Crumlin Star went one up through Brian George who outscored Paul Stafford. Gerard Callaghan levelled the match for The Forresters beating Fra Glennon. Before long Crumlin streaked to a 4-1 lead through Paul Porter, Ben Lagan and Paul Thompson against Freddie Steagles, John Toner and Ray Lavery. With the game looking beyond them, The Forresters relied on man of the match Paddy Dempsey for inspiration, beating Tommy Henry and starting a 3 leg winning streak. Sean McCurdy and Kevin Robinson beat Dougie Bowes and Alan Murphy to bring the score back to 4-4. With both teams playing well it was a shame there had to be a loser. Peter Fitzpatrick ensured that it would not be Crumlin Star by beating Andy Gray and book a place in the semi finals, the final score 5-4 Crumlin Star.
With a night where close matches were the norm, Donegal Celtic and St Matthews continued the trend where every leg counted. Man of the match Joe Corr and Matt Doone put Donegal Celtic into a 2-0 lead finishing in 30 and 35 darts beating St Matts Con Kielty and Gerard McGuinness. Mick McCartan reduced the margin beating James Doone before Alan Hanna scored well in 32 darts beating Martin Irwin to restored their lead, 3-1 DC. St Matthews Jimmy Lavery once again reduced the lead beating Dee Ireland in 35 darts and inspired Pat McGahan and Joe O'Kane to give St Matts the lead for the first time in the game. The unlucky DC men whereSean Armstrong and Paddy McGuinness, the game standing at 4-3 St Matts. Donegal Celtic relied upon Kevin O'Carroll and Colm McGuinness to show the same character that has seen them start the season well. O'Carroll and McGuinness beating Jap McKinley and Billy McDade put a valiant St Matts out of the cup and booked a well earned place for DC in the semi final, the final score 5-4 DC.
Next up Hibs 58 took on O'Donnells, with both teams coming off the back of wide margin wins in the league. Tony Corr took out an 81 to beat Rab Green and provide Hibs with the lead. Jim McStravick outscored Damien Corbett finishing in 32 darts to restore parity. However that was to be the solitary win as Sean Patterson beat Martin Lawlor in 31 darts and start what was to be a 4 leg winning run. Davey McCusker, Mark Lynch and Peter McDonnell snr all scored well with Mark Lynch hitting a 180 in 30 darts for a man of the match performance. The unlucky O'Donnells men were Tucker Kearny, Paul Press and Kevin O'Neill, the final score 5-1 Hibs 58 and a place in the semi final.
With three of the four places filled all eyes were on Clonard Hibs and Casement to fight it out for the last place. Casement went into a quick 2-0 lead through Charlie Press and Gerry McCormick beating Anto Smith and Richard Mervyn, McCormick finishing in 28 darts. Paddy McCorry outscored Joe Doone in 32 darts to reduce Casements lead, however Martin Lavery beat Dan Sloane to reestablish Casements lead, 3-1 Casement. Dan Delaney brought the game back within touching distance beating Vinty Lenzie making 3-2. Desi Magee once again showed good timing for a man of the match performance beating Michael Tierney in 24 Darts, the game now 3-3. Conor Hanna provided Hibs with the lead for the first time in the match beating Henry McCann before Paul Condon made light work of Joe Scott in 26 Darts. Continuing the trend of the night the game came down to the last leg with Adam McDade against Seamy Martin. Both players epitomised the mood of the night and battled right to the end, but it was McDade who showed his class and booked a well earned place in the semi final, the final score 5-4 Clonard Hibs.
Next week we are back at Crumlin Star to crown this years Corbett Cup Champions. The teams vying for the honour are Clonard Hibs, Donegal Celtic, Crumlin Star and defending champions Hibs 58. Until then keep practicing and hold your nerve.
|Posted by seamus mccormick on September 19, 2017 at 6:20 AM||comments (6)|
Welcome to week 2 of the Fona Cab central darts league. In what promised to be another nail biting week the darts didn't disappoint. Hibs 58 built on their week 1 whitewash with another 8-0 win over Star Celtic. O'Donnell's after a frustrating week 1 handed The foresters their second consecutive 7-1 defeat. St Matthews were victorious over a valiant Casey's with a 5-3 win. While Casement overcame a tough Donegal Celtic with a 5-3 win. Finally Clonard Hibs and Crumlin Star shared the spoils with a 4-4 draw.
Game 1 saw The Foresters host O'Donnell's with both teams wanting to forget week 1 and get some points on the board. Game 1 seen Tucker Kearney continue his good form from week 1 with a 2-0 win over GK, 1-0 O'Donnell's. Stevie Jones continued the good start with a 2-1 win over Sean McCurdy throwing a 21 darter along the way, 2-0 O'Donnell's. Next up was Man of the match James Mcstravick running out a comfortable 2-0 winner over John Toner. McStravick finishing in 19 and 26 darts showed excellent scoring power with 3x120s, 3-0 O'Donnell's. With O'Donnell's in control The Forresters needed to find a response. Unfortunately Ricky Saddler and Paul Press continued the demolition job with wins over Andy Gray and Paddy Dempsey, with Saddler winning in 26 darts and 3x95s. With the game standing at 5-0 to O'Donnell's and the points in the bag Paul Stafford took a consolation win over Brendan McStravick. Both players scored well with McStravick throwing 2x140s, however it was Stafford with the 2-1 win in 22 darts. Finally Jim McStravick and Kevin O'Neill completed the comprehensive victory with 2-0 wins apiece. O'Neill showing the kind of form that saw him thrive in the individuals last year scored well with a 23 dart finish. Final score 7-1 O'Donnell's.
Game 2 saw Casey's host St Matts at their new home. The first game saw Brian Kerr continue his excellent start to the season with a 2-1 win over con Kielty. Kerr took the lead in 22 darts only for Kielty to respond with a 21 darter. Both players scored well however it was Kerr with 2x120s that took the win, 1-0 Casey's. Casey's lead would be short lived with Mick McCarten and Jap McKinley defeating Liam and Paul McMenamin, McKinley winning in 21 and 24 darts. Man of the match Matt Boyle restored parity with clinical finishing in 21 and 22 darts before Stevie Leckey regained Casey's lead winning 2-1. The unlucky St Matts players were Jim Lavery and John Consadine. With the game standing at 3-2 St Matts once again showed their strength in depth and took the next three games through Billy McDade, Martin Irwin and Joe Okane. Martin Irwin winning in 22 and 25 darts with a 75 finish in the process. The unlucky Casey's players were Olcan Kearney, Butch Mallon and Eugene Brannigan. The Final Score 5-3 St Matthews.
Following a perfect start to the season, both Casement and Donegal Celtic were looking to continue their great form. Game 1 saw James Doone taking on Martin Lavery with Lavery running out a comfortable winner in 24 darts and a 70 finish, 1-0 casement. Next up Paul Condon showed his experience with a 2-0 win over Matt Doone. Condon scoring well with 3x95+ and 2x130+, finishing well in 20 and 26 darts, 2-0 Casement. Casement now in full flow took the next two games without dropping a leg through Seamy Martin and Gerry McCormick. Both players stamping their authority on the game with Martins finishing a brace of 23 darters and a 65 finish while McCormick finished in 23 and 25 darts respectively. The unlucky DC players were Paddy McGuinness and Sean Armstrong, 4-0 Casement. With the game quickly slipping away from them DC relied on Kevin O'Carroll to get them off the mark with a 2-0 win over Vinty Lenzi, 4-1 Casement. However the revival would be in vain as Charlie Press secured the points with a man of the match performance over Dee Ireland. In what was the game of the night Press ran out a 2-1 winner in 22 and 20 darts. Ireland played his part scoring well and throwing a 21 darter of his own, 5-1 Casement. With the points in the bag DC won the last two games through Colm McGuinness and Alan Hanna. Both players scoring well with McGuinness throwing 3x95+ and Hanna finishing in 19 darts. The unlucky Casement players were Joe Doone and Micheal Tearny. The final score 5-3 Casement.
After contrasting opening week results Clonard Hibs looked to make home advantage count against Crumlin Star. Game 1 saw Conor Toner take on Peter Fitzpatrick with the latter taking a 2-0 win in 28 and 22 darts. Next up Conor Hanna restored parity with a 2-0 win over Tommy Henry. Hanna scoring well with 5x95+ and finishing in 22 and 24 darts. Paul Porter regained the lead for Crumlin Star through a 2-1 win over John McGrath, Porter scoring well with 3x95+ and finishing in 22 darts, 2-1 Crumlin. Paul Thompson extended the away sides lead with an excellent 2-0 win over Paddy McCrory. Thompson combining great scoring and finishing with 21 and 20 darts with 82 and 50 finishes in the process, 3-1 Crumlin. With the results turning against them Hibs relied on Adam McDade to bring the game back within reach. McDade winning an excellent match over Dougie Bowes with a brace of 20 Darters and 2x140+. Bowes provided stern resistance with a 21 darter of his own and a 79 finish, 3-2 Crumlin. Desi Magee chose the perfect time for a man of the match performance with a 2-0 win over Ben Lagan. Magee throwing 17 and 21 darts and finishing 57 and 56 respectively, the game now 3-3. With the game now finely balanced it was Dan Delaney who used his experience to good effect with a 2-0 win over Brian George. Delaney scoring 3x95+ and finishing in 26 and 28 darts gave Hibs the lead for the first time. The final game saw Joe Flannery battle it out with Fra Glennon in a nail bitter. Both men played well however it was Glennon who showed heart with a 2-1 win and a share of the spoils for the Crumlin Star men. The Final score 4-4.
The final game of the week saw Star Celtic host Hibs 58, who were coming off a perfect 8-0 start to the season. Looking to continue where they left off Hibs started perfectly through a tony corr 2-1 win over Paddy McAleese. Corr throwing an 18 darter and 68 finish along the way and McAleese finishing a 52 of his own, 1-0 Hibs. Showing their form Hibs went on to win the next 3 games without dropping a leg through Davey McCusker, Martin Corbett and Mark Lynch. Corbett with a man of the match performance won with a pair of 23 darters and Lynch scoring well with 2x120+, 4-0. The unlucky Star Celtic players were Henry McTasney Snr, Gerard Smith and Eamon McGovern. With the game quickly running away from them Star Celtic looked upon Aaron McGovern for some inspiration. However after a brave battle he lost out to Tucker Clarke 2-1, winning in 25 darts while Clarke threw a 23 darter and 5x95+. With the points in the bag Hibs continued their facile display winning their next three games without losing a leg. The winning Hibs player were Martin Mooney, with a 117 finish, Seany Patterson and Peter McDonnell. The unfortunate Star Celtic players were Henry McTasney Jnr, Stephen Curley and Tony Kelly. The final score 8-0 Hibs 58.
Next week Star Celtic will be hosting the qualifying rounds of the Eddie Corbett Cup. As the first cup of the season all teams will be looking to step up and claim their first taste of glory of the year. Can a formidable Hibs 58 stamp their mark with a back to back Corbett Cups? Or will all rise to the challenge in what promises to be an exhilarating night of darts. Until next weeks keep practicing and hold your nerve.
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Welcome one and all back for the Fona Cab Belfast central darts league 2017. After a nail biting climax to the end of last season players have had a short summer break to hone their skills. Who will rise to the challenge and who will crumble under the pressure?
Week one seen reigning champions Hibs 58 dominating O'Donnell's in a 8 nil white wash with excellent darts right across the board. Casement welcomed the rebranded Caseys to their new home with a 6 – 2 win putting their experience to good use. St Matthews used their home advantage to good effect comfortably taking the spoils with a 6-2 win over Star Celtic. While Donegal Celtic returned home from Crumlin Star with the full points after a tight 5-3 win. Finally Clonard Hibs showed their intent to go one better than last year with a facile 7 - 1 win over The Foresters
We kick off the 2017 season with O'Donnell's hosting reigning champions Hibs 58. Game 1 seen Tucker Kearney just falling short in a 2-1 defeat to last years player of the year peter McDonnell SNR. McDonnell SNR sprinted to a 1-0 lead finishing a 104 in 18 darts. Kearney not to be outdone responded with a 18 darter of his own to make it one apiece. However it was McDonnell SNR to prevail with a 75 finish to get Hibs 58 off the mark. Next up reigning individuals champion Davey McCusker took on Paul Press in a 2-0 win with McCusker hitting the first 180 of the season, 2-0 hibs. Before long O'Donnell's felt the game slipping away from them with hibs 58 powering to a 5-0 lead not dropping a leg. Mark Lynch, Tucker Clark and Martin Corbett all winning 2-0 against James McStravick, Stevie Jones and Brendan McStravick. With the points in the bag Hibs 58 continued to dominate with captain Tony Corr winning 2-0 against Kevin Oneill in 21 darts and a 74 finish. Next up Man of the Match Sean Patterson beat Ricky Saddler combining good scoring and finishing to devastating effect. Patterson won in 18 and 21 darts respectively finishing a 72 and 54 along the way. Finally Martin Mooney wrapped up the night with a 2-0 win against Eddie Robb hitting a 180 and a 71 finish.
Casement welcomed Caseys, previously Lamh Dhearg, to their new home in the first derby of the season. Game 1 seen Ciaran McKay taking on old team mate Eugene Brannigan. Brannigan started well going 1-0 up with a 140 finishing a 91. However it was McKay who took the points winning 2-1 with a 96 finish and 2x140's, 1-0 Casement. Next up Martin Lavery won 2-1 against Olcan Kearney both scoring well, 2-0 Casement. Needing to stop the rot Caseys relied upon Paul McMenamin and Brian Kerr to bring the game back to 2-2. McMenamin winning 2-0 against Michael Tierney and Brian Kerr scoring well wth a 2-1 win over seamy Martin.
However Caseys revival would be short lived with Casement taking the next 4 games through Vinty Lenzie, Man of the match Paul Condon, Gerry McCormick and Joe Doone. Paul Condon continuing his excellent form from last year finishing in 21 and 22 darts. Stevie Leckey, Liam McMenamin, Butch Mallon and Dan Cahoon were the unlucky losers with Cahoon hitting a 20 darter. The final score 6 – 2 to Casement.
Star Celtic travelled to St Matthews with St Matts looking to improve on their 3rd place last year. Game 1 seen Man of the Match Joe O'Kane kicking off 2-0 against Aaron McGovern finishing a 82 with a sublime bull in 23 darts. Henry McTasney SNR levelled the game with a solid 2-0 win over Joe Mc Atamney. Con Kielty reestablished St matts lead with a 2-0 win over Henry McTasney jnr. Game 4 saw a close fought battle between John Consadine and Paul Fitzpatrick, however it was Fitzpatrick for Star Celtic to prevail 2-1 to restore parity. With the game standing at 2 apiece and hanging in the balance it was St Matts who showed their strength in depth and took the next 4 games without dropping a leg. Billy McDade, Martin Irwin, Jap McKinley and Jim Lavery all scored strongly with 2-0 wins. The unlucky Star Celtic players were Gerard Smith, Tony Kelly, Rab Little and Paddy McAleese. The final score 6-2 St Matthews.
Donegal Celtic made the journey to Crumlin Star with both teams itching to kick off their season with maximum points. Game 1 seen Tommy Henry defeated 2-0 by Colm McGuinness for DC. Peter Fitzpatrick levelled the scoring with a brace of 26 darters against Matt Doone who provided stern resistance with a 24 darter. Man of the Match Gary Smith showed courage against Ben lagan coming from behind to throw an 18 and 21 darter, with a composed 100 finish, 2-1 Donegal Celtic.
Kevin O'Connell extended DC's lead to 3-1 with a 2-0 win over Paul Porter. Paul Thompson tried to rally his team with a 2-0 win over James Doone in 20 and 26 darts scoring well. However Paddy McGuinness and Dee Ireland held their nerve to ensure full points for the west Belfast men. The unlucky Crumlin star men were Fra Glennon and Brian George. The final game of the night saw Dougie Bowes winning confidently in 19 and 26 darts against Sean Armstrong. The Final score 5-3 Donegal Celtic.
The final game of week 1 seen the Foresters visiting the redecorated and reinvigorated Clonard Hibs. After going so close last year the hibs men were chomping at the bit to begin their challenge while the Foresters were looking to improve on their excellent form. Game 1 saw John McGrath get off to a perfect 2-0 start against Andy Gray. Man of the match Adam McDade extended the lead for hibs with a 2-0 win over Paddy Dempsey throwing 17 and 24 darts in the process. Paul Stafford provided resistance with an excellent 2-0 win over John McCann, the score standing at 2-1 Clonard hibs. The game of the night saw Joe Flannery take on Freddie Steagles in a thriller. Both players scoring well with Flannery taking the lead. However it was Steagles who took out a stunning 128 finish to level the score and pile on the pressure. Flannery using his experience outscored steagles in the final leg to take the win, 3-1 Clonard hibs. With their confidence now high the hibs men hit their stride and took the remaining games without dropping a leg through Desi Magee, Dan Delaney, Conor Toner and Conor hanna. The unlucky Foresters players were Sean McCurdy, John Toner and Kevin Robinson. The final score 7-1 Clonard Hibs
Week 2 sees Hibs 58 travel to Star Celtic while Clonard Hibs host Crumlin Star. Caseys welcome St Matthews to their new home as Casement travel to Donegal Celtic. Finally the Foresters hold home advantage against O'Donnell's in what promises to be another week of excitement. Until next week keep practicing and hold your nerve.
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