|Posted by seamus mccormick on January 23, 2018 at 6:05 AM|
Welcome back to the FonaCab Central darts league we’re this week we take in the action from the conclusion of the John Caseys 5 A-side cup. After last weeks qualifying night we were down to the last eight all vying for their own taste of glory. Without further ado let’s see how the night unfolded
Quarter final 1
The first quarter final of the night saw Caseys B take on St Matthews A. Game one saw Pat McGahan get St Matts off to a perfect start beating Gerry McIlduff. Olcan Kearney levelled the match against Con Kielty before Joe O’Kane reestablished St Matts lead against Liam McMenamin. The final game saw Paul Smyth take on Billy McDade with both players battling hard. However it was to be McDade to prevail and send St Matts into the semi final.
Quarter final 2
The second quarter final saw Crumlin Star A play Clonard Hibs A where both teams having showed good form fancied their chances of progression. Game one saw Dougie Bowes get Crumlin Star off to a flyer beating John McGrath. Stephen Magee rallied his team to level against Tommy Henry. Conor toner gave the Hibs men the lead beating Peter McAllorum before Conor Hanna took care of Peter Fitzpatrick with a lovely 180 to book a place in the semi final.
Quarter final 3
The third quarter final saw St Matts B take on an inform Caseys A. Jim Lavery got the St Matts men off to the perfect start beating Brian Kerr in 42 darts, with a nice 102 finish. Butch Mallon restored parity beating J McAtamney before John Consadine reestablished St Matts lead in beating Eugene Brannigan. The last game saw Jap McKinley take on Stevie Leckey with both players throwing well for their teams. However it was to be McKinley to prevail in 27 darts and ensure a place in the semi final.
The last quarter final of the night saw Hibs 58 B take on O’Donnells B with both teams showing great form in the qualifying night. Stevie Jones provided O’Donnells with the lead in beating Jim Lynch before Tucker Clarke levelled the match beating Rab Green. James McStravick continued his good form beating Mark Lynch with a nice 180 along the way to give O’Ds the lead before Kev O’Neill beat Damien Corbett to provide O’Donnells with a semi final place.
With the quarter finals taken care of four teams remained, St Matthews A and B, Clonard Hibs A and O’Donnells B. With all teams throwing well it was difficult to predict the victors at this stage.
Semi Final 1
The first semi final saw a St Matthews derby with A taking on B. Pat McGahan provided St Matts A with the lead beating Mick McCartan in 31 darts. Joe O’Kane followed suit by beating John Consadine in 30 darts to give St Matts a 2-0 lead. The last game saw J McAtamney battle it out with Martin Irwin, however it was to be Irwin to prevail and book a well earned place in the final.
Semi final 2
The second semi final saw Clonard Hibs A battle it out with O’Donnells B. Game one saw Conor Hanna get the Hibs men off the a flyer beating Paul Press in 23 darts. Stephen Magee furthered Hibs lead in beating James McStravick before Kev O’Neill rallied his team in beating Conor Toner. The last game saw John McGrath taking on Rab Green with both players refusing to give an inch. However it was to be McGrath to edge out Green and book a well earned place in the final.
After two weeks of exciting darts only two teams remained; St Matthews A and Clonards Hibs A. With both teams showing arguably the best form over the course of the cup it was going to be a final of a high standard. Game one saw Martin Irwin take on John McGrath with Irwin giving St Matts the lead in 31 darts. Adam McDade showed his class to rally his team in beating Con Kielty. Stephen Magee continued his brilliant form beating Billy McDade to put the Hibs men within touching distance of the Cup. The last game saw Joe O’Kane battle it out with Conor Toner. With both players refusing to go down without it a fight it was difficult to call the winner. However it was Conor Toner to show his class and provide Clonard Hibs A with the victory and the John Caseys Cup. Congratulations to the Hibs men on a brilliant victory and to St Matts A for an excellent cup run to the final.
After two weeks away from the league all will be looking to the coming week to earn some valuable points for their respective teams. Clonard Hibs travel to Crumlin Star while Hibs 58 hold home advantage over Star Celtic. O’Donnell’s welcome The Forresters while Caseys travel to st Matthews. Finally Donegal Celtic travel to Casement in a week of darts that promises to provide excitement and edge of your seat darts. Until next week keep practicing and remember to hold your nerve.