|Posted by seamus mccormick on April 3, 2018 at 9:50 AM|
Welcome back to the FonaCab Central darts where all eyes were on the O’Donnells club for the conclusion of the Sparrow McLaughlin Cup. After last weeks qualifying rounds only four teams remained; Hibs 58, St Matthews, Donegal Celtic and the hosts O’Donnells. With the usual 701 one leg format in play every man counted in an exhilarating night of darts. Without further ado let’s see how the night developed.
Semi final 1: Hibs 58 5-1 St Matthews
The first semifinal of the night saw league leaders Hibs 58 take on St Matts, who had excelled in the qualifying night. With both teams motivated to progress to the final if was anyone’s guess who would prevail. Game 1 saw Martin Corbett get the Hibs men off to a perfect start taking care of Joe O’Kane in 34 darts. Martin Irwin was quick to level the match beating Mark Lynch with a man of the match display in 27 darts. Tucker Clarke reestablished Hibs 58s lead beating Jap McKinley in 31 darts before Sean Patterson snr extended their lead in beating Billy McDade in 29 darts. With the Hibs men in full flow Davy McCusker took care of Mick McCartan to put them within touching distance of the final. The last game saw Peter McDonnell snr battle it out with John Consadine with neither man wanting to give an inch. However it was to be McDonnells class to prevail winning in 30 darts taking out 76 to send Hibs 58 into the final.
Semi final 2: Donegal Celtic 0-5 O’Donnells
The second semi final of the night saw hosts O’Donnells take on Donegal Celtic. With both teams showing their best form in Cups this season it was anyone’s guess who would take their place in the final. Game 1 saw Ricky Saddler get the O’Donnells men off to a flyer beating Paddy McGuinness. Rab Green quickly made it 2-0 beating Matt Doone before James McStravick took out 81 to beat Colm McGuinness. With the O’Donnells men in full flow DC turned to their captain to rally the team. However Paul Press had other ideas taking the win to put O’Ds within touching distance of the final. The last game saw Tucker Kearney battle it out with Sean Armstrong. Both men scored well however it was to be Kearney to prevail and book a well earned place in the final.
The Final: O’Donnells 5-0 Hibs 58
After two weeks of exciting darts we were down to two teams; Hibs 58 vs O’Donnells. Hibs 58 who stand at the summit of the league against O’Donnells, who have the class and battling qualities to beat any team. With drinks replenished all eyes were on centre board to see who would be crowned Sparrow McLaughlin Cup champions. Game 1 saw Stevie Jones provide O’Donnells with a perfect start beating Tony Corr in 31 darts. Eddie Robb followed suit by taking care of Sean Patterson snr in 31 darts. With the momentum in their favour O’Donnells relied on Rab Green to put them 3-0 ahead in beating Tucker Clarke in 31 darts before Tucker Kearney put the O’Donnells men within touching distance of lifting the cup. Kearney beating Damien corbett in 34 darts. The last game of the night saw James McStravick battle it out with Martin Mooney. Both men refused to give an inch ensuring an edge of you seat finish. But it was to be McStravick to weigh in with a perfectly timed man of the match display to take out 76 and send O’Donnells into wild celebrations. Congratulations to the O’Donnells team as the Sparrow McLaughlin Cup winners. Also congratulations to Hibs 58 on another excellent cup display.
Next week we return to the league where all teams will be looking to improve on their positions. Crumlin Star host Casement, St Matts visit The Forresters while Donegal Celtic hold home advantage over Star Celtic. Caseys take on O’Donnells fresh from their cup success while Clonard Hibs battle it out with Hibs 58 in an all Hibs derby. Until next week keep practicing and remember to hold your nerve.