|Posted by seamus mccormick on March 20, 2018 at 11:15 AM|
Welcome back to the FonaCab Central darts league where after two weeks of cup matches all focus was back on the league. With week 13 upon us Hibs 58 lead a packing bunch into the closing months. This week St Matthews welcomed Clonard Hibs while Donegal Celtic were on the road to Hibs 58. Casement held home advantage over The Forresters while Crumlin Star visited O’Donnells. Finally Star Celtic and Caseys battled it out where close matches were the order of the day. Without further ado let’s see how the night developed.
Hibs 58 6 - 2 Donegal Celtic
First up league leaders Hibs 58 welcomed Donegal Celtic who were looking to transfer their excellent cup form into the league. Game 1 saw Damien Corbett get Hibs 58 off to the perfect start beating Joe Corr 2-0 in 24 and 26 darts. Before long Hibs 58 were in full flow taking the next three games without dropping a leg. Peter McDonnell snr combined scoring and finishing to effect beating Chinky Smith with a brace of 18 darts and 103/98 finishes. Sean Patterson and Tucker Clarke took care of Alan Hanna and Dee Ireland to put the Hibs men within 1 win for maximum points. Next up seen Martin Corbett take on Paddy McKeown where both men threw well. However it was Corbett to prevail 2-1 winning in 21 and 26 darts. McKeown provides stern resistance with a 22 darter of his own. With the points guaranteed Davy McCusker weighed in with a man of the match performance beating Paddy McGuinness in 16 and 19 darts. Colm McGuinness restores some pride for the DC men beating Tony Corr 2-0 winning in 21 and 27 darts before Matt Doone finished strongly for DC beating Mark Lynch 2-0 in 36 and 27 darts.
O’Donnell’s 4 - 4 Crumlin Star
The second match of the night saw Crumlin Star travel to the O’Donnells. Game 1 saw Eddie Robbs get the home side off the mark with a man of the match performance beating Willie Mullan 2-0 in 28 darts. Peter Fitzpatrick levelled the match beating Martin Lawlor 2-1 in 28 darts with Lawlor winning his leg in 24 darts. Paul Press reestablished O’Donnells lead beating Frankie McGeogh before Ricky Saddler extended their lead in beating Paul Porter 3-0 with a brace of 30 darts. Jim Flannegan rallied his team with a 2-1 win over Kev O’Neill, with O’Neill winning his leg in 24 darts. Rab Green put the O’Donnells men within touching distance of maximum points in beating Peter McAllorum 2-0. With the match looking beyond them Crumlin Star relies on James Porter to keep them in the match. Porter duly obliged by beating Tucker Kearney 2-1. The last game of the night saw Brendan McStravick and Dougie Bowes battle it out. Both men wouldn’t give an inch but it was to be Bowes to prevail and ensure a well earned share of the spoils for both teams.
St Matthews 4 - 4 Clonard Hibs
The next match of the night saw St Matthews welcome Clonard Hibs in what promised to be a close fought affair. Game 1 saw John Consadine get the home side off to a good start beating John McCann 2-1. Consadine winning in 26 darts with a 96 finish along the way. Stephen Magee restored parity in beating Pat McGahan 2-1 winning in 18 and 19 darts with an 86 finish. McGahan provided stern opposition winning his leg in 20 darts with and 80 finish. Adam McDade weighed in with a well timed man of the match performance to put the Hibs men into the lead. McDade beating Jap McKinley 2-0 in 15 and 20 darts with a lovely 125 finish in the process. Martin Irwin, not wanting to be outdone, levelled the match against Conor Toner in 17 and 20 darts. Joe O’Kane provided St Matts with the lead in a match of swinging fortunes. O’Kane beating Joe Flannery in 21 darts. Billy McDade put the St Matts men within touching distance of maximum points by beating Dan Delaney 2-0. With the match standing at 4-2 the Hibs men relied on the experience of Tommy Fitzpatrick to keep them in the game. Fitzpatrick obliged by beating Con Kielty 2-1 with a 21 darter along the way. The last game of the night saw Conor Hanna battle it out with Joe McAttamney. Both men threw well however it was to be Hanna’s class to prevail, winning 2-0 in 18 and 20 darts, to ensure a well deserved draw for both teams.
Star Celtic 4 - 4 Caseys
Match 4 saw Caseys travel to Star Celtic where both teams were looking to improve on their league positions. Eamon McGovern got the home side off to a good start beating Stevie Leckey 2-0 in 29 darts. Eugene Brannigan quickly levelled in beating Rab Lyttle 2-0. Peter Leckey provided the Caseys men with the lead, beating Paddy McAllese 2-1 before Hugh Greeves restored parity beating Liam McMenamin 2-0. Brian Kerr wrestled back Caseys lead beating Henry McTasney snr 2-1. Kerr winning in 26 and 30 darts. Gerard Smith once again levelled the match beating Olcan Kearney 2-0 before Butch Mallon put the Caseys men back into the lead. Mallon beating Henry McTasney jnr in 26 and 29 darts. The last game of the night saw Aaron McGovern take on Gerry McIlduff with both men battling well for their respective teams. However it was to be McGovern to prevail with a perfectly timed man of the match performance. McGovern winning in 22 and 27 darts to ensure a share of the spoils for both teams.
Casement 7 - 1 The Forresters
The final match of the night saw Casement welcome The Forresters with both teams fancying their chances of a victory. Game 1 saw Casement get off to a flyer with Paul Condon weighing in with an early man of the match display. Condon beating Paul Stafford 2-0 in 21 and 27 darts. Joe Doone furthered Casements lead beating Paddy Dempsey in 22 darts. Kevin Robinson rallied his team mates beating Ed McCann 2-1 with a lovely 180 along the way. However Micheal Tierney got Casement back on track with a 2-0 win over John Toner. Chopper McKay furthered Casements lead with a 2-0 win over Andy Gray before Vinty Lenzie guaranteed the win beating Sean McCurdy 2-0 in 28 darts. With the points already in the bag Casement showed no sign of slowing down winning their last two games without dropping a leg. Gerry McCormick beating Freddie Steagles in 26 darts before Martin Lavery took care of Ray Lavery to complete a comprehensive win for the Casement men.
Next week sees all teams turn their attention to the O’Donnell’s cup qualifiers. With all teams hoping for progression into the final night their will be little room for error. Until next week keep practicing and remember to hold your nerve.