It was crunch time this week for every team in the A league as 1st played 2nd, 3rd played 4th and 6th played 7th, with each team fighting it out to close gaps and move up the table.
Brackaville 2-2 Central A
This is the must see fixture every year as the Central travelled up to Brackaville. The home side were out to do the double and get one hand on the trophy at this early stage of the season. For the Central they needed to pick up a win and close the gap at the top to keep their title hopes alive.
Brackaville took an early lead as Ronan McMahon (8x100,135) checked out 130 on his way to a 3-2 win. The lead was increased as Mickey Quinn (6x100,3x140) won 3-1 in the second game. The Central hit back in the third game as Martin Donnelly (3x114) won 3-2. The home side got the two game lead back again as Francie McNamee (3x100,3x140) won the next game 3-2, before Brackaville sealed the singles win with Declan Gillis (6x100,3x140) winning 3-0 in the fifth game and winning the singles points. However the Central did restore some pride as Geoff Wilson (6x100,3x140) won 3-2 in the final singles game.
That changed the momentum as the Central took control. The partnership of M.Donnelly/G.McKeown won the first game of doubles 2-0, before J+G.Wilson won the second game 2-1 to win the doubles points for the Central and to tie the game overall. That draw puts the title celebrations on hold of a little longer for Brackaville.
Ceili House 4-0 Daly’s A
This was 4th place Ceili house playing host to 3rd place Daly’s. The Ceili House were aiming to bounce back from their defeat last week and close the gap on Daly’s. However Daly’s were looking to continue their good form and extend their lead in third place.
It was the home side that got the ball rolling as Niall McCaul (4x100,121) won the first game of the match 3-1. The home side extended their lead with Gary Cullen (3x100,121,180), pulling of a 3-2 win, before Mark Brady (3x100,137) produces a 150 checkout during a 15 dart leg on his way to a 3-0 win in the third game to extend the Ceili house’s lead even more. Daly’s did finally start to hit back in the fourth game with Sean McGurgan (5x100,2x140) winning 3-2.
However that wasn’t to be enough as Brian O’Hagan (2x100,120,2x121,2x140) threw a 16 dart leg on his way to a 3-2 win in the fifth game to wrap up the points for the Ceili house. The home side did not stop there as the won the last singles game of the night with Randy Hill (3x100,120,135) winning 3-2.
Into the doubles and Daly’s struck first with S.McGurgan/D.Hamilton winning 2-1 in the first game. The Ceili House fought back and tied the doubles with N.McCaul/G.Cullen winning 2-1. Then the home side won the doubles and match points with M.Brady/R.Hill (137,140) winning 2-1. That win for the Ceili House means that they close the gap on Daly’s and are now on level points with the Dungannon men.
Clonoe A 1-3 McCausland’s A
This was seventh placed McCausland’s travelling to sixth place Clonoe and hoping to take their place in the league if they come away with the win. A home win would mean Clonoe can extend the gap away from the foot of the table.
The home side took the early advantage with Aidan McViegh winning the first game 3-1. The lead was extended again as Collie Doris picked up a 3-1 win in the second game. McCausland’s hit back and took the next game games with Alex Toner winning 3-2 before Aidan Kavanagh and P.Loughran won 3-0. The home side then took the last game as Pete McGrath won 3-0 and the singles ended in a tie.
Into the doubles and it was all McCausland’s as D.Toner/S.Heatherinton won 2-0 in the first game and A.Toner/P.Loughran won the second game 2-0 to win the doubles points and match for McCausland’s.
Fixtures for Friday 25th January
Daly’s A v Central
Clonoe A v Ceili House
Quinn’s A v McCausland’s
Brackaville v BYE
O’Neill’s B 0-4 Daly’s B
The current league leaders to the trip into town to O’Neill’s to continue their good form and remain top if they could pick up a win against the bottom team.
The league leaders got things started as Audi Waugh (120x3) won 2-0 in the first game, before Brian McGurgan (2x100,134) increased the lead as he won 2-1 in the second game. O’Neill’s hit back in the next game with John Maguire winning 2-0. However after that it was all Daly’s as Mickey Cartmill (2x100,140) won 2-0, Dereck McGurgan (2x140) won 2-1 and Brian Waugh winning 2-0 to secure a dominate singles win for Daly’s
The doubles went pretty much the same way as M.Cartmill/S.Jackson (110,140) won the first game 2-0, as T.Igielski/B.Waugh (100) won the next game 2-0 to secure a doubles and match win for Daly’s as they continue their quest for the title.
Derrytresk 1-3 Falls
The joint league leaders were host to local rivals Fall’s and needed to win to keep pace with Daly’s. However Fall’s were out searching for a win to put them back in the hunt for the title.
Fall’s picked up the win to get them back in the hunt for the title as Derrytresk slip further behind Daly’s
(No scorecard handed in Derrytresk will receive a strike
Quinn’s B 3-1 Central C
After two straight defeats before the Christmas break Quinn’s needed to bounce back and make up the ground they lost over the leaders, However they were playing host to an experienced Central C side who have been slowly creeping up the table and were out to cause an upset.
It was the Central who got things started with Manuel winning the first game 2-1. The home team hit back straight away with Declan Curran (2x100,119,125) winning 2-1. The home side then took the lead as Niall Donaghy (100,180) picked up a 2-0 win. The lead was increased as Mickey Curran (100x2,120) won 2-0 in the fourth game. The Central weren’t down and out as Patrick McGlinchey (3x100) picked up a 2-0 in the fifth game, before Patrick Doris (105) grabbed a 2-1 win in the final singles game to tie the singles and share the points.
Into the doubles and again the home side took the early lead with N.Donaghy/M.Williamson winning 2-0 in the first game. The Central quickly tied the doubles as Manuel/P.McElhatton picked up a 2-0 win in the second game to bring it to the last game of the night. The game could of went either way and in the end it was the partnership of D.Curran/C.Traynor that won it 2-1 to win the doubles and the match for Quinn’s.
Central B 3-1 Clonoe B
This was a mid-table tie as Clonoe took the short trip into town in search for a win to bring them closer to the top four in the league. The Central B started to find a little form before the break and wanted it to continue.
The home side got off to a good start as Gary Scullion (121,140) won the first game 2-0. Clonoe hit back right away as Sparky (3x100,120) won 2-1 in the second game. The Central took the lead again with Brian Hamill (2x100) picking up a 2-0 win, before Clonoe tied the singles again with James Quinn winning 2-0. The singles went back and forth all night as the Central took the lead again as Adam Crymble won 2-1. However the singles were tied again for the final time as Don Doris (2x100) picked up a 2-0 win for Clonoe to take a share of the singles points.
Into the doubles and the home side took the lead with G.McCurry/S.Hamill picking up a 2-0 win. This time the home side did not let the lead slip away as they took the next two doubles games with B.Hamill/M.Russell and G.Scullion/C.Scullion both winning 2-1 to secure the doubles points and match win for the Central.
McCausland’s B 1-3 O’Neill’s A
McCausland’s were host to an O’Neill’s side who were also looking to continue on the run of form they found just before the break. However McCausland’s have proven to be tricky opponents in the past for O’Neill’s.
This was another round of singles that had went back and forth all night as it was the home side that got off to an early lead with Brendan Loughran (100) winning 2-0 in the first game. O’Neill’s tied the singles up as Stephen Magee (100,121,180) won 2-0 in the second game. The home side took advantage again with Joe Currie picking up a 2-0 win, before the singles were tied again with Dominic Shields (2x100,120,140) winning 2-1 for O’Neill’s. Again the Home side took a slight lead as David Kovar (100) picked up a 2-1 win in the fifth game of the night. However into the last singles game and O’Neill’s tied the singles with Stephen McKee winning 2-1 to take a share of the points.
Into the doubles and it was O’Neill’s that took the early lead as D.Shields/S.McKee won the first game 2-0. However they also couldn’t hold on to a lead as S.Quinn/J.Currie won 2-0 in the second game for McCausland’s to tie the doubles. So with the doubles points and match win on the line it was the partnership of A.Donaghy/S.Magee that won the final game of the night 2-0 to give O’Neill’s the win.
Fixtures for Friday 25th January
O’Neill’s B v O’Neill’s A
Daly’s B v Central B
Clonoe B v Fall’s
Central C v McCausland’s B
Derrytresk v Quinn’s B
No league action this week as doubles competition is on Friday night.