|Posted by seamus mccormick on July 10, 2022 at 7:45 AM|
Hi everyone and welcome to the report for the climax to the FonaCab Central Darts League which went right down to the wire on the last week.
St. Mathews 8 vs 0 D/C Swifts:
St. Mathews knew they could not slip up in this final league game of the season with their two nearest challengers playing against each other to keep it going to the end. With that in mind they absolutely blew away D/C Swifts by a score line of 8 vs 0. Martin Irwin 100,100,99,98,95 2 vs 0 Caolan Kearney started the ball rolling for the home team. Joe McAtamney 140,100,100,100,85 (15 & 28) 2 vs 0 Harry Smith won the second quite handily. Con Kielty 140,100,100 2 vs 0 over James McStravick 140,100,95 made it 3 games in a row without dropping a leg. Davy McCusker (19 & 23) 180,140,100,95,95,90,85 made it 4 wins out of 4 in beating a very good challenger 2 vs 1 Kevin O’Neill (20) 134,125,101,81,81,81 who won Swifts first leg of the evening. Billy McDade 125,100,10095,80 had a great 2 vs 0 result against Felix McKeown then one of the most improved players of the last season Jap McKinley (25 & 29) 140,100,100,95,95,85 beat Patrick McKeown 125,121,100,100 2 vs 1 to rapturous applause and seal St. Mathews league title. The last two games showed St. Mats strength in depth when Gerard McGuiness (17 & 28) 100,100,100,89,85 2 vs 0 beat Junior McManus & Dessie Magee 100,100,100,100,85,85 (Individual Champion) beat Tucker Kearney 2 vs 0 to leave the final score 8 vs 0 and the Short Strand outfit confirmed as 2021/22 league Champions.
MOM: Davy McCusker
Clonard Hibs 4 vs 4 Casement:
Both clubs knew only a victory would do if any of them were realistically going to catch St. Mathews and they played a great game but ultimately cancelled each other out.
Tommy Fitzpatrick 140,122,121,117,100,100 has taken out quite a few illustrious opponents this year and this was no different as he took the first match 2 vs 1 against Gerry McCormick 180,140,100,100,92. Ricky Saddler (16 & 28) 133,133,125,121,95,95 made it 1 vs 1 when beating Anto Smith 2 vs 1. Conor Hanna (18) 117,100,100,96,95 scored a good 2 vs 0 win over Colm McGuiness 140,100,85 putting Clonard back in front. Pat McGuiness (22 & 22) 140,140,121,88,85,85,85 brought it level again winning 2 vs 1 in his game against Hugh McShane 140,135,85,85,85,85. Pearse Maguire’s 2 vs 1 win in (21 & 27 darts) 131,100,100,85,85,85 against Kieran McGuiness 125,100,100,85,81 put Clonard back in front again only for Sean Kerr 138,125100,81 to level it again beating John McCann. Everything was at stake in the final two games of the night and it was a mirror image of the whole season’s results with both teams having chances to win but only getting draws. Casement’s Henry McCann (18 & 24) 135,100,100,96,85,84,81,81 rolled back the years with a 2 vs 1 win over Hibs Star man Adam McDade (16) 140,140,95,95,83,81,81,81 to put them on the verge of victory only for Sean Paul Grant (23) 140,100,100,100,100 to beat Chopper McKay (29) 126,100,97,85,85 and leave the result a deserved draw.
MOM: Henry McCann
Cassies 5 vs 3 Donegal Celtic:
Cassies finished off their league campaign with a hard fought victory over Donegal Celtic. They had five star men in Paul Smith 140,100,85,85 Dan Cahoon 140,100,100,99,96,85 Seamus Roberts (24 & 25) 100,100,97,85,81 Gerard Holmes (19) 140,100,86,85,85 & Eugene Brannigan 100,97,95,92,85,80. Donegal Celtic fought hard and could have got a draw but lost out at the end. Their 3 winners were John McLaughlin (27 & 28) 140,97,85,85,84,83 Eamon McVeigh 100,100,100,99,98,84 & Paul Doone 140,105,95,95,93,81
MOM: Dan Cahoon
Crumlin Star 6 vs 2 Star Celtic:
This derby game had the first two games shared with Crumlin’s Dougie Bowes (20) 140,140,120,97,95 2 v 0 victory over Star’s Henry McTasney Jnr 92,89,85,76 then Stars Tony Kelly 137,100,100,100,95,87,79,72 got it level 2 vs 1 against Freddie Steilges 121,100,95,60,60,60,60 This was where it went pear shaped for the away team and Crumlin Star blitzed them with 5 in a row through Jim Flannigan 95,18.104.22.168,75,63,63 Hugh Grieves (22 & 25) 117,100,95,95,84,81,79,76 Ben Lagan (22 & 24) 100,100,88,85,81 Peter Fitzpatrick 100,100,85,85,66 Tommy Henry (27) 125,120,98,81,81,63 over Gerard Smith 101,85,85,81,76,62 Ian Haywood 116,100,98,85,70 Rab Lyttle (16) 140,120,100,100,100,99,96,62 Eamon McGovern & Reece Haywood 92,86,76,64,60 before Star’s Henry McTasney snr (28) 100,95,84,93,70,66 won the last game to make the final score-line a bit more respectful at 6 vs 2
MOM: Ben Lagan
What a season and there will be a final report soon in regards to who won what at the presentation night play-offs.
All the best, Sean