|Posted by seamus mccormick on March 13, 2018 at 8:20 AM|
Welcome back to the FonaCab Central darts league where we take in the conclusion of the Andy Kearney Pairs competition hosted in the O’Donnells club. After a qualifying night of such a high standard the finals night was sure to live up to the same standards. With only 32 teams remaining let’s see how the night unfolded on it was to crowning only one team as champions.
Tucker Clarke/Damien Corbett 2-0 Jap Craig/Joe Dinnen
Sean Armstrong/Dee Ireland 2-1 Kevin O’Carroll/M Smith
Martin Lawlor/Paul Wisdom 0-2 Billy McDade/Joe McAttamney
Rab Green/Stevie Jones 2-1 Martin Corbett/Davy McCusker (180)
Jim/Mark Lynch 0-2 Dan Delaney/Stephen Magee (126 Finish)
Aaron/Eamon McGovern 2-1 Henry McTasney snr/Rab Lyttle
Vinty Lenzie/Henry McCann 2-1 Joe Flannery/Anto Smith
Matt Doone/Paddy McKeown 2-1 John Toner/Sean Fitzpatrick
Eddie Robb/Paul Press 0-2 Adam McDade/Conor Hanna
Freddie Steagles/Ray Lavery 1-2 Paul Stafford/Sean McCurdy
Paddy Dempsey/Andy Gray 1-2 Alan Hanna/Joe Corr
Tony Corr/Martin Mooney 2-1 Pat McGahan Martin Irwin
Gerry McCormick/Paul Condon 1-2 Con Kielty/Jap McKinley
Jim/Brendan McStravick 2-0 Jim Lavery/John Consadine
Dougie Bowes/Paul Thompson 1-2 James McStravick/Kev O’Neill
Brian Kerr/Butch Mallon 2-1 Henry McTasney jnr/Tony Kelly
With the last 32 now dwindled down to the top 16 there would be no room for errors for those looking to progress to the quarter finals and ultimately to lift the Andy Kearney Cup.
Tucker Clark/Damien Corbett (180) 2-0 Matt Doone/Paddy McKeown
Vinty Lenzie/Henry McCann 2-1 Paul Stafford/Sean McCurdy
Adam McDade/Conor Hanna 2-0 Butch Mallon/Brian Kerr
Sean Armstrong/Dee Ireland 0-2 Dan Delaney/Stephen Magee (23 and 25 Darts)
Jim/Brendan McStravick 1-2 Rab Green/Stevie Jones
Con Kielty/Jap McKinley 2-1 James McStravick/Kev O’Neill
Aaron/Eamon McGovern 2-0 Alan Hanna/Joe Corr
Tony Corr/Martin Mooney(180) 1-2 Billy McDade(180)/ Joe McAttamney
With the quarter finals upon us it was anyone’s guess who would prevail as champions. With the maximum 180s flowing and the remaining teams eying a place in the semi final if was difficult to rule out anything at this stage.
Quarter Final 1
Stevie Jones/Rab Green 0-2 Dan Delaney/Stephen Magee
Quarter Final 2
Adam McDade (180) /Conor Hanna 2-0 Damien Corbett/Tucker Clark
Quarter Final 3
Vinty Lenzie/Henry McCann 2-0 Aaron/Eamon McGovern
Quarter Final 4
Con Kielty/Jap McKinley 1-2 Billy McDade(180)/Joe McAttamney
With the semi finals upon us we were down to the 4 teams who had excelled over the two weeks. The semi finals would be played over the best of 5 legs.
Semi final 1 saw Casement duo Vinty Lenzie and Henry McCann take on St Matthews Billy McDade and Joe McAttamney. Leg 1 saw Lenzie and McCann take the lead in 26 darts. McDade and McAttamney quickly levelled with a 28 darter before taking the lead. McDade and McAttamney combining scoring and finishing to devastating effect with a 24 darter and a lovely Shanghai finish. Refusing to go down without a fight Lenzie and McCann restored parity to bring the score to 2-2. The final leg saw both teams show the form that got them to this point. However it was to be McDade and McAttamney to prevail in a thriller to book their place in the final. Mcdade weighing in with yet another 180 maximum. The final score: Lenzie/McCann 2-3 McDade/McAttamney
The second semi final was an all Clonard Hibs affair between Adam McDade/Conor Hanna and Dan Delaney/Stephen Magee. With both teams playing excellent darts it was anyone’s guess who would prevail in this Clonard Hibs derby. Leg 1 saw Hanna and McDade get off to a flyer winning in 18 darts to go 1 up. Delaney and Magee showed to class to level the game with Mr Dan weighing in with a 180. Refusing to be outdone by their club mates Hanna and McDade took the lead to make it 2-1. The final leg was a close fought battle with all four players showing the brilliant form to get to this point. However it was to be Hanna and McDade to prevail as winners and book a place in the final.
After two weeks of nail biting edge of your seat darts we were down to two teams. With the form shown by both teams it was clear that these were the top two teams over the course of the tournament. With countless 180s between them and some scintillating finishing the final was sure to serve up some brilliant darts. Without further ado let’s see who emerged as champions of the Andy Kearney Pairs.
Leg 1 saw Hanna and McDade take the lead winning in 27 darts. Refusing to let their opponents get away from them McAttamney and McDade levelled the match with a 26 darter. With the game finely poised it was difficult to predict the victors. However Hanna and McDade took the next 2 legs winning in 32 and 29 darts with an 87 finish. With the game standing at 3-1 the St Matthews men battled hard to get back into the game. However Hanna and McDade just did enough to win the last leg in 33 darts to ensure the win and crown them 2018 Andy Kearney Pairs Champions. Congratulations to Conor Hanna and Adam McDade on an their brilliant performances throughout the whole tournament. Also congratulations and commiserations to Billy McDade and Joe McAttamney on a fantastic run to the final where they showed form that would have been worthy to win.
Next week we are back to the FonaCab league where all teams will be looking to improve on their league positions. Until then keep practicing and remember to hold your nerve.