|Posted by seamus mccormick on March 27, 2018 at 5:25 AM|
Welcome back to the FonaCab Central darts league where this week we abandon the league and focus on the O’Donnells hosted Sparrow McLaughlin Cup. The first night of qualifiers would see St Matthews vs Clonard Hibs and the Forresters vs Hibs 58 in the preliminaries. Without further ado let’s see how the night developed.
Preliminary: The Forresters 0-5 Hibs 58
Match one saw the forrester looking to conquer league leaders Hibs 58. However Hibs 58 Jim Lynch had other ideas getting the Hibs men off to the perfect start in beating Kevin Robinson. Martin Mooney followed suit beating Paddy Dempsey to put the Hibs men 2-0 up. Tony Corr put in a man of the match shift to beat Sean Fitzpatrick in 30 darts before Mark Lynch took care of Sean McCurdy in 31 darts. The Forresters turned to Andy Gray in hope to stem the Hibs tide, however Martin Corbett showed his class to take the win and send Hibs 58 into the next round.
Preliminary: St Matthews 5-4 Clonard Hibs
Match two saw Clonard Hibs take on St Matthews with both teams looking to improve on their very recent draw in the league. Dan Delaney got the Hibs men off to a flyer beating Con Kielty. Delaney putting in a man of the match display winning in 28 darts. Stephen Magee followed suit to extend Hibs lead in beating John Consadine before John McGrath further extended Hibs lead to 3-0. McGrath beating Jap McKinley. Adam McDade put the Hibs men within touching distance of progression beating Gerard McGuinness. With the score standing at 4-0 St Matts relied on Martin Irwin to stem the tide and rally his team mates. Irwin duly obliged in beating Conor Toner in 29 darts. Joe McAttamney followed suit by beating Anto Smith in 32 darts to cut Hibs lead. With the momentum turning in St Matts favour Mick McCarten took care of Tommy Fitzpatrick to bring the score to 4-3. With St Matts in full flow Jim Lavery overcame Dan Sloan to bring the match to 4-4. The final match saw Conor Hanna battle it out with Pat McGahan. Both men scored well however it was to be McGahan to prevail in a thriller to send the St Matthews men into the next round.
Quarter final: O’Donnells 5-1 Crumlin Star
The first quarter final of the night saw hosts O’Donnells take on Crumlin Star with both teams fancying their chances of progressing to next weeks finals night. Frankie McGeogh got the Crumlin men off to a good start beating James McStravick. Ricky Saddler quickly restored parity in beating Peter Fitzpatrick before Tucker Kearney provided O’Donnells with the lead in beating Peter McAllorum. Brendan McStravick extended O’Ds lead beating Fra Glennon before Stevie Jones put them within touching distance of a semi final place. Jones taking care of Willie Mullan. The last game saw James Porter battle it out with Eddie Robb. Both men conducted themselves well. However it was to be Robb to prevail and send the O’Donnells men into next weeks finals night.
Quarter final: Caseys 2-5 St Matthews
The second quarter final of the night saw Caseys battle it out with St Matthews. St Matthews fresh from a thrilling preliminary match with Clonard Hibs fancies their chances while Caseys had other ideas. Con Kielty got the St Matts men off to a perfect start beating Gerry McIlduff. Kielty setting the tone of the match with an early man of the match display winning in 25 darts. Dan Cahoon quickly levelled the match against Martin Irwin winning in 29 darts before Butch Mallon provided Caseys with the lead beating Gerard McGuinness in 31 darts. John Consadine restored parity beating Olcan Kearney in 28 darts before Pat McGahan continued his good form beating Liam McMenamin in 26 darts. Jimmy Lavery put the St Matts men within touching distance of a semi final place beating Eugene Brannigan. The final game of the match saw Matt Boyle battle it out with Joe McAttamney with both men playing well. However it was to be McAttamney to prevail and send St Matthews into the finals night.
Quarter final: Hibs 58 5-2 Star Celtic
Next up Star Celtic took on Hibs 58 who were fresh from their 5-0 win over The Forresters. Tucker Clarke got the Hibs men off to a good start beating Paddy McAlleese in 31 darts before Mark Lynch readily took care of Stephen Curley in 26 darts. Davy McCusker extended Hibs lead to 3-0 beating Rab Lyttle before Peter McDonnell snr beating Henry McTasney snr to put Hibs within touching distance of progression. Star Celtic relied on Aaron McGovern to stem the Hibs onslaught. McGovern rallying his team with a win over Jim Lynch. Gerard Burns followed suit and put in a well timed man of the match display. Burns beating Martin Corbett in 26 darts with a 52 finish along the way. With the momentum swinging in Star Celtics favour Hibs relied on Damien Corbett to wrestle back their advantage. Corbett duly obliged in beating Henry McTasney jnr to book a place in the finals night.
Quarter final: Donegal Celtic 5-2 Casement
The last quarter final of the night saw Donegal Celtic looking to continue their excellent cup form against Casement. Gerry McCormick weighed in with a man of the match performance winning in 30 darts while Paul Condon was Casements other winner. The Donegal Celtic winners were Alan Hanna, Paddy McKeown, Colm McGuinness and Chinky Smith. The DC men showed their battling qualities to book a well deserved place in the finals night.
With the qualifying night taken care of only four remain: St Matthews, Hibs 58, O’Donnells and Donegal Celtic. With all teams showing excellent form it will be difficult to predict the winners at this stage. However edge of your seat darts are guaranteed where only one team will prevail as Sparrow McLaughlin Cup winners. Until next week keep practicing and remember to hold your nerve.