Courtney’s clinch Andrew McAlester Open Shield title
There was a three week break in league action in the Dundalk and District Darts League recently as the divisional singles and open shield final were held.
The Premier Division singles proved to be a tough night for all players with games being very tight. John Donnelly edged out teammate John Lawlor to win the Premier singles. A special mention has to go to Mickey McMahon who threw some great darts all night hitting a lot of high scores.
Gary Loughran came out on top in the First Division singles beating Chris Lennon in the final.
Dessie McGuinness was the winner in the Second Division singles as he took out Stephen Finnegan in the final. Dessie had some great finishes along the way.
Gabriel McKenna was the Third Division champion.
Then there was the Andrew McAlester open shield semi final and final. The semi’s were made up of three Premier and one First Division team. The Windmill Wanderers were the First Division team while Commercial 1896, Avenue Eagles and Courtney’s A were the three Premier teams.
The Avenue Eagles played Commercial 1896 in the semi final with The Eagles emerging as the comfortable winners.
The second semi final was between Courtney’s A and the Windmill Wanderers. Despite winning the first game the Windmill lost the next four to leave an all premier final.
The Open Shield Final was between the top two teams in the league and it was an exciting and tight game and a great advertisement for darts in the town.
It was Mickey Donnelly who took the first game for Courtney’s beating John Donnelly 2-0. There was some great scores from both players during the game.
Ray O’Brien was next up for Courtney’s against Ken Rogan for the Eagles and it was Ken who won the game 2-0 to put Courtney’s 2-0 up.
Next up it was Graham Unwin for the Eagles and Michael Conroy for Courtney’s, Graham won the game 2-0 to pull one back for the Eagles.
Up next was Wayne Fry for the Eagles and Jim Hanratty for Courtney’s and Jim won 2-0 to extend Courtney’s lead to 3-1.
There was pressure on the Avenue team and up next was Jimmy Reenan. He had to win to keep his team in the game and that he did. He lost the first leg to Darren Carroll but keep his cool to win the next two legss and make it 3-2 to keep the Eagles in the game.
Ray Martin was the next up for Courtney’s against Alan Rogan and it was Alan who won the game 2-0 to level the scores at 3-3 with only one game left.
That left Daniel Dunne of the Eagles to fight it out with Padraig Murphy of Courtney’s for the match.
Padraig was first to hit the double and take the first leg, but his lead didn’t last long when Daniel took the second leg to level the game again. Both players were struggling to hit the double in the final leg but it was Padraig Murphy who got their first to take the final leg and win the game and the Andrew McAlester open shield for Courtney’s A on their first season in the Dundalk and District Dart League.
With the cups, singles, doubles and Shield all now complete it’s a straight run to the end for the league. With only two or three weeks left in the league all four divisions still up for grabs and it looks to be an exciting run in to the end.
This week’s fixtures are:
- Avenue Eagles V Stags Green
- Courtney’s A V The Bohdran
- The Nest V Commerical 1896
- Jackies Army V Lumpers
- Punter’s Sharks V Avenue Celtic
- Windmill Wanderers V The Stags Head
- Fergusons V Malthouse Magicians
- Windmill Warriors V Punters Tigers
- Courtney’s V Bye
- Emerald Black V Callans
- Punters Dragons V Stags Blue
- The Crowes V Barleycorn