|Posted by seamus mccormick on May 22, 2018 at 6:30 AM|
Welcome back to the FonaCab Central darts league where we are into the closing stages of the season. After two weeks of qualifiers for the Jody Reynolds individuals all focus was back on the league where match 17 was upon us. Without further ado let’s see how the night unfolded.
Star Celtic 1 - 7 Crumlin Star
The first match of the night saw star Celtic take on Crumlin Star in the only derby of the week. Game one saw Jim Flannegan get Crumlin Star off to a good start beating Stephen Curley 2-0. Gerard smith continued his good form with a 2-1 win to bring the game to level. Martin Maloney regained the lead for the Crumlin men taking care of Henry McTasney snr 2-1 in 22 darts. Dougie Bowes chipped in with a man of the match display to further extend their lead. Bowes beating Rab Lyttle 2-1 in 26 and 27 darts. With Crumlin Star in full flow Peter Fitzpatrick and Tommy Henry combined well to guarantee full points. Fitzpatrick beating Aaron McGovern 2-0 in 23 darts while Henry beating Geard Burns 2-0. Next up Ben Lagan used his experience to edge past Tony Kelly 2-1 before Paul Thompson took care of Paddy McAlleese 2-0 in 26 darts.
Hibs 58 7 - 1 Casement
Match two of the night saw league leaders Hibs 58 welcome Casement to the Hibs Club. Game 1 saw Martin Mooney effortlessly beat Kieran McGuinness 2-0. Davy McCusker weighed in with a man of the match performance to extend Hibs lead. McCusker beating Ciaran McKay 2-0 in 21 and 23 darts. Tony Corr quickly made it 3-0 beating Charlie Press before Mark Lynch put Hibs on the cubs of full points with a 2-0 win over Michael Tierney in 21 and 25 darts. Peter McDonnell snr ensured the full quota of points with a 2-0 win over Pat Burns in 20 and 26 darts before Gerry McCormick pulled one back for the Casement men. McCormick beating Damien Corbett 2-0 in 20 and 25 darts. With the points in the bag Tucker Clarke and Sean Patterson ended the match strongly. Clarke beating Paul Condon 2-0 while Patterson took care of Henry McCann 2-1 in 23 darts.
O’Donnell’s 3 - 5 St Matthews
Match 3 of the night saw St Matthews make the journey to the O’Donnells club with both teams having showed the best form recently. Game 1 saw Jim Lavery get the St Matts men off to a good start beating Paul Press 2-0. Rab Creen quickly levelled the match beating Billy McDade 2-0. Pat McGahan reclaimed the lead for St Matts beating Brendan McStravick 2-1 before Martin Irwin weighed in with a man of the match performance to extend their lead. Irwin beating Martin Lawlor 2-1 in 18 and 24 darts, with Lawlor providing strong opposition with a 22 darts of his own. Stevie Jones reduces St Matts lead with a 2-0 win over Joe McAttamney in 23 darts. However Con Kielty and Jap McKinley combined well to guarantee full points for the visitors. Kielty beating Tucker Kearney 2-0 while McKinley beating Kev O’Neill 2-0. With the game beyond them O’Donnells finished strongly through Ricky Saddler beating Joe O’Kane 2-1 with a brace of 24 darts.
Donegal Celtic 3 - 5 Clonard Hibs
The penultimate match of the night saw Donegal Celtic play host to Clonard Hibs. Game 1 saw Tommy Fitzpatrick get the Hibs men off to a flyer beating Kevin O’Carroll 2-0. Sean Armstrong continued his good form with a 2-1 win over Joe Flannery before Adam McDade wrestled back the lead with a 2-1 win over Matt Doone. Paddy McGuinness restored parity with a 2-0 win over John McCann in 19 and 21 darts before Chinky Smith provided DC with the lead with a 2-0 win over Conor Toner. John Doyle brought the match back to level with a 2-1 win over Alan Hanna in 24 and 26 darts before Stephen Magee weighed in with a perfectly timed man of the match performance. Magee readily taking care of Joe Corr in 17 and 19 darts. The last game of the match saw Colm McGuinness battle it out with Conor Hanna with both players scoring well. However it was to be Hanna to show his class with a 2-0 win and secure full points for the Hibs men.
Caseys 4 - 4 The Forresters
The last match of the night saw Caseys hold home advantage over The Forresters. Game 1 saw Paul Stafford get the visitors off to a good start beating Liam McMenamin 2-0 in 24 darts taking out 124 in the process. Freddie Steagles furthered The Forresters lead beating Peter Leckey 2-1 before Sean Fitzpatrick made it 3-0 with a win over Stevie Leckey in 26 darts. With the Forresters in full flow Caseys relies on Gerry McIlduff to rally his team. He duly obliged by beating Paddy Dempsey 2-0 in 24 and 29 darts. Butch Mallon reduced their lead further by beating Andy Gray 2-1 in 21 darts with a 96 checkout before Brian Kerr levelled the match with a 2-0 win over Gerard Callaghan. With the match now level it was anyone’s guess who would prevail as winners. Sean McCurdy reclaimed the lead for the Forresters with a hard fought win over Eugene Brannigan. McCurdy using his experience to good effect to win 2-1 in 26 darts. The final game of the night saw Matt Boyle battle it out with Ray Lavery with neither man wanting to give an inch. However it was to be Boyle to prevail 2-1 for Caseys and guaranteed a well deserved draw for both teams.
Next week sees the league return to the final night of the Jody Reynolds individuals. With only 32 remaining only 1 will prevail as 2018 individuals champion. Finally on Thursday night the postponed match between Caseys and Clonard Hibs will take place at the Hibs Club. Until next week keep practicing and remember to hold your nerve.