Thursday 27 April 2017

League throws up close games

Ollie Thompson in action for the Stag's Head
Ollie Thompson in action for the Stag's Head

HIGH scoring was on everyone's mind in the final week before the Christmas break in the Dundalk and District Darts League and all three divisions delivered.

The Premier Division games saw the Stag's Head travel to the Commercial Club as they looked to push further ahead at the top of the table. The game of the night was between Gerard McKeown and Paddy Kearney. Gerard missed doubles to take a 1-0 lead before Paddy punished him by taking the second leg. This spurred Paddy on to a great display of darts by taking out a 12 dart leg with scores of 140, 140, 123 and a 98 finish in 12 darts. That in turn helped his team to a 5-1 win with Ollie Thompson securing victory through a 110 checkout.

With all games in this division having a major impact on league standings each week, the Fairways Falcons and MacNamees both needed points in order to stay in touch at the top of the table.

Bob Hillard and Danny Maguire showed their experience when they met in the final game of the night with Bob throwing to seal the win and Danny ooking to salvage the draw. In a high scoring game, it was Danny who held his nerve to gain a good point for the Fairways.

Big finishes were the order of the day in the Harrisons and Martlets match with Hamilton Archer taking out a 104 finish and Gary Hillard for Harrisons beating that with a 116 finish. This match added to a total of three drawn games in the Premier Division. The game between the Stags Gold and Stags Black being one of these draws while the Rogan family shared the spoils with brothers Eamonn and Alan on the Gold team and Kenneth on the Stags Black team.

The First Division has lost none of its ferocity with the Avenue Inn fighting hard for their victory over The Square Bar with 'Mighty' Michael McAlester taking the very last game to seal the win against Patrick Taaffe. The Stags Green followed the lead of the Premier Divison leaders by winning against a strong Gormley's team which had former league chairman Ray McKenna among their ranks.

Division Two saw Johnny Mason's going well as Armando Baltazhar showcased his foreign flair to secure the win against The Malthouse. Elsewhere in the division the Shamrock Shadows and The Stags White played out a very entertaining draw. The final game saw the Commercial Club B team travel to in-form Courtneys but it was not a good night for the Commercial as Sally Grant grabbed their only win of the evening.

That capped another great week of darts within the town and with the World Championships happening over the Christmas break, all teams will surely be itching to get back to board on the 10th of January for league competition.

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