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Thursday 28 August 2014

Landslide victories and amazing comebacks

Published 23/01/2014 | 05:26

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Irish professional dart player Glenn Spearing (right) pictured with Mallow veteran Tim Manning of Daly’s Bar during Spearings exhibition games in Mallow recently.

There were landslide victories and amazing comebacks in the four Mallow Town and District Dart matches played last weekend.

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The comeback of this week all materialised in the Ballydaheen derby encounter between Daly's A and the Bridge House. The visitors got off to a flier with Ciaran McKenna knocking out Pat Bowles 2-1.

Veteran Tim Manning, recently transferred from Moriarty's to near neighbours Daly's, made matters level when he had a 2-0 victory against Shane Holland.

The Bridge House broke away with Richard Willis ousting Brendan Matthews 2-1, Alan Foley taking out Chris Jackson 2-1 and Jonah Jones doing the business with the same scoreline over Stephen O'Mahony. At this stage the Bridge House were 4-1 up away from home, which was a surprise against such a strong side as Daly's A.

But matters were about to change and the comeback of the weekend began when Maurice Lynch won 2-0 over Ger Breen and Gerry Black and O'Mahony had a 2-0 victory over McKenna and Foley while Lynch and Bowles had a 2-1 success against Willis and Jones, sharing the points in a dramatic 4-4 draw.

Burke's of Buttevant played host to Moriarty's.

In this clash the home side failed in the first match with Eddie O'Rourke defeating Glenn Curtin 2-0. Robert Harrington brought smiles to the Buttevant faithful with his 2-0 win over Robert Harrington.

In the next three singles games the Mallow side had victory on the same scoreline of 2-0 when Michael O'Rourke, Nicky Sherman and Danny Butler put paid to Adrian O'Sullivan, Brian Linehan and Ger McCarthy respectively before Mike Bowles brought one back in his 2-0 win.

In the doubles Sherman and Michael O'Rourke took out McCarthy and Bowles while Eddie O'Rourke and Danny Butler made it a 6-2 over all win for Moriarty's with their 2-0 defeat of Harrington and Noel O'Donoghue.

The Maureens Vs Daly's B match was for all the world like scenes at Little Big Horn.

The tungsten terrors from O'Brien Street showed no mercy to the southsiders in the singles with Pat Angland, Noel Clare, Paul Noonan, Klaus Richter, Dan O'Keeffe and Mick Holmes getting the maximum 2-0 victory each over Shane Curtis, John Lynch, Darren Lynch, Karl O'Keeffe, James Lowe and David O'Brien respectively.

In the doubles Noel Dinan and Clare hammered Lowe and Mick O'Brien 2-0 while Holmes and Sean Dilworth did likewise over Darren Lynch and Curtis to win 8-0 on the night to leave Daly's B return over Mallow Bridge legless.

The big oice battle on Monday had defending champions Mona's travelling to downtown Buttevant to play table toppers Horgans.

Eric Griffin had Mona's 'spinning' in the first match with his success over Adrian Holmes. Patrick Leahy put the Mallow side in to a 2-0 lead with his 2-0 defeat of Christopher Holmes.

Edward Phelan got the first win on the night with a 2-1 victory over Tommy Kavanagh but John Sheehan made the gap wider when he defeated David Linehan 2-1.

Liam Farrell took down Ethan Bowles 2-1 but Mike Dunlea beat Mark Thompson 2-0.

Going in to the last two doubles matches the Mallow team were 4-1 ahead.

In the doubles Adrian and Christopher Holmes had victory over Thompson and Griffin 2-1 but Farrell and Leahy had the sweet smell of success in their 2-0 victory against Dunlea and Linehan giving Mona's a nice secure 5-3 success.

On this Friday, Daly's B play host to Molly's of Bweeng while the Bridge House have Burke's as guests and on Monday Moriarty's travel to Horgan's in Buttevant while Maureen's travel around the corner in their clash with Mona's.

Corkman

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