Lough Egish in County Monaghan was the venue for this year’s Four County Darts Challenge. The dart throwers of Louth were looking to improve on last year’s performance and to introduce some new members of the squad to the added pressure of County level darts With the TUBORG Dundalk and District Darts league going so well, the players involved had high hopes for success at inter county level.
This annual event which saw the county panel assemble for the first time since the County Challenges was to be a yardstick for the upcoming All Ireland event in February.
The last minute drop out of the Meath team meant that a Fourth team was made from substitutes from Cavan, Monaghan and Louth.
The games started with Louth facing Monaghan but, despite Louth leading the game, Monaghan came back to claim a 6-6 draw.
It was a similar story in the next game against Cavan with another 6-6 draw.
Louth went into the last game against the mixed team knowing they needed to win as many games as possible as the competition finalists would be the two teams with the highest number of games won. Despite winning the match against the mixed team the competition came down to one last pressure game with Alan Reenan needing to win to secure Louth’s place in the final.
After throwing a great game, Alan was pipped at the post in what was a thrilling climax to a great day’s darts for the Louth men.