TA-League the current league leaders Brackaville had a bye week; this gave the Central a chance to close the gap at the top of the table. Also the Ceili House and Daly’s were battling it out to for third spot as both teams were neck and neck.
Daly’s A 2-2 Central A
The Central travelled into Dungannon in search of a win to close the gap on the leaders at the top of the table. Daly’s wanted to make home advantage count and pull of a big win to help them keep hold of third spot.
The home got off the mark first as Noel Rafferty picked up a 3-2 win in the first singles game. The Central quickly hit back as Gareth McKeown had a 3-0 in the second game. The away side then took the lead as Martin Donnolly won 3-1, before the lead was extended with John Wilson winning 3-2 in the fourth game. The Central did wrap up the singles win and points as Geoff Wilson won the fifth game 3-1. Daly’s however did restore some pride as Luke McBride did win the last game of singles 3-1.
Into the doubles and Daly’s took the early lead again as L.Donnolly/N.Rafferty won the first game 2-1. Again the Central hit back straight away to tie the doubles with G.Wilson/G.McKeown winning the second game 2-1. So with the points still on the line the match went down to the final game of the night and it was the partnership of D.Hamilton/S.McGurgan that won it 2-1 and won the doubles points and tied the match for Daly’s. This ended up as a case of two points gained for Daly’s and another two points dropped for the Central.
Clonoe A 0-4 Ceili House
The Ceili House travelled the short distance to Clonoe in search of the win to keep them in third and hopefully pull away from their nearest rivals. Clonoe were playing to try and pull away from the bottom.
The away side got off to a flying start with some superb darts from Mark Brady (5x100,120,121,3x140) as he had a 16,17 and 18 dart leg on his way to a 3-0 win in the first singles game. That set the tone for the rest of the evening as the Ceili house took full control. Niall McCaul (2x100,2x125,140,180) took the second game 3-2, Before Randy Hill (2x100) and Sandy Hughes (100,139,140) both won 3-0 to win the singles for the Ceili House.
The doubles went the same way as the Ceili House dominated with G.Cullen/S.Hughes producing a 16 dart leg to win 2-0 in the first game, before N.McCaul/R.Hill win 2-0 in the second game to win the doubles and the match for the Ceili House.
Quinn’s A 4-0 Clonoe A
This was a postponed game from a couple of weeks ago and Quinn’s A will receive the points.
Fixtures for Friday
Brackaville A v Daly’s A
Central A v Clonoe A
Ceili House v Quinn’s A
McCausland’s A v BYE
Daly’s B 0-4 Central B
The current league leaders Daly’s were out to keep their unbeaten run going and remain top as they played host to second from bottom Central B who were on their travels with a plan to cause an upset.
The away took the early lead through Adam Crymble as he picked up a 2-0 win in the first game. The home side hit back straight away as Mickey Cartmill (3x100) picked up a 2-1 win to tie the singles. The Central then regained the lead as Sheila Hamill (2x100,115.140) picked up a 2-0 win, before Gerry McCurry extended the lead as he won 2-1 in the fourth game. Daly’s pulled one back as Brian McGurgan (3x100,120) won 2-1 in the fifth game. However that wasn’t enough as a 133 checkout from Gary Scullion on his way to a 2-1 in the last game of singles won the points for the Central B.
The home side struck back in the doubles as D.McGurgan/M.Cartmill won the first game 2-1. However the Central picked things up as G+P.Scullion won the next game 2-0 to tie the doubles. So with the final two points still on the line it was the team of M.Russell/S.Hamill that won it 2-1 to win the doubles for the Central. This win will help move the Central up the table as they inflict the first loss onto Daly’s and open up the title race again.
Central C 1-3 McCausland’s B
The Central C played host to McCausland’s B as both teams are mid-table and are both playing to gain the best position they can for the play-offs at the end of the year.
It was McCausland’s that took the early advantage as Joe Currie (3x100,121,125) won 2-0 in the first game. The Central quickly hit back and the singles with Pat Doris (100,121,140) winning 2-1. They then took the lead through Joe O’Neill (3x100,140) as he picked up a 2-0 win in the third game.
McCausland’s kept fighting back as Charlie Montague (2x100) won 2-1 to tie the singles, before Dave Kovar (3x100) picked up a 2-1 win to give McCausland’s the lead going into the final singles game. However the Central would not give in as Patrick McGlinchey (2x100,121) picked up a 2-0 win in the final game to tie the singles overall.
In the doubles McCausland’s were the team to strike first as S.Quinn/J.Currie won the first game 2-1. That was the start they needed as C.Montague/B.Loughran picked up a 2-0 win in the second doubles game to win the doubles for McCausland’s. The Central did restore some pride as J.O’Neill/P.Early picked up a 2-1 in the last game of the night.
O’Neill’s B 2-2 O’Neill’s A
Good friends turned foes for one night only as the O’Neill’s teams squared off in battle. O’Neill’s A are looking to consolidate fifth spot as O’Neill’s B want to show that they could cause upsets in the league.
Unfortunately for the B side the singles were all one sided in favour of the A team. Stephen McKee (5x100) won the first 2-1, as Shane Devlin won the second 2-0 to increase the lead. Raymie McKee (2x100) won the third 2-1 before Dominic Shields (2x100) won 2-0 to wrap up the singles for O’Neill’s A.
Into the doubles and the tables had turned as A.McCrory/M.Hughes (101,100) picked up a 2-0 win before J.McGuire/M.Bell won the second game 2-1 to win the doubles for O’Neill’s B and tie the match over all.
Clonoe B 0-4 Fall’s
Fall’s pick up another win to try to keep track on the leaders.
Fixtures for Friday
Central B v O’Neill’s A
Daly’s B v Fall’s
O’Neill’s B v Central C
McCausland’s B v Quinn’s B
Clonoe B v Derrytresk
Both games involving Quinn’s were put off this week due to the sudden death of current Quinn’s B player Martin Donaghy. The League would to extend its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Martin especially to his son Niall who also plays in the league.
As it states in the league rules any team that fail to show up to three matches without giving notice will be put out of the league for the rest of the season. There is one team from each league that have already missed one maybe two games if they miss again they will be put out of the league, so all fixtures must be fulfilled.