The Tuborg Dundalk and District Darts League looks like it is going to go right down to the last game of the season with no team emerging as out and out favourites in any of the three divisions. The league results from this week have done nothing more than tighten the tables up even more.
The Premier Division saw The Stag’s face third placed Commercial 1896 in a tie which would be vital in the race to the winner’s post.
Raymond Harte was first in for the team from the Commercial Club and he got his team off to a positive start with a 2-0 win in a game which was a repeat of the recent cup semi final.
Martin Carvill was up next to level the game, hitting a well timed maximum along the way to a well fought win against Ian Rooney.
The standard stayed high throughout the remaining games but it was down to Alan McMahon to secure a point for the Commercial Club in a game they had chances to win. In the same venue, Stag’s Black played Stag’s Red and the local rivalry was very evident.
Team captain Andy Mackin hit some big scores for his team and he soon had them 1-0 ahead. The lead was doubled soon enough by Ken Rogan but Ryan Murtagh prevented the three in a row before Alan Rogan finished 110 to secure a least a draw for his team.
The win was completed by Gavin Hillard who ensured that his team gained bragging rights on the night. The Premier Division line up was completed by a very tense affair in McEntaggart’s with Jackie’s Army looking to build on a win last week.
This was looking very plausible after they took the first two games with Conor McArdle producing a man of the match display. The home team took control in the middle part of the game by winning three games on the trot before Isaac Smith took on Garry Hillard to try and secure at least a draw. The man from the Louth panel came out on top and showed that despite being at the foot of the table, Jackie’s are still up for a fight. A draw seemed a fair result on the night.
First Division A top of the table clash has all the ingredients for excitement and nerves but Harry’s Bar has a team that has shown they can handle pressure well.
They were playing Division One leaders, Stag’s Green and despite going behind they regained the lead through Stephen McQuillan and Liam Byrne.
The scoring in this game was of a high standard with 100 plus scores being hit regularly by both teams. For the result in this match we had to wait for the very last game and Mickey Fee of Harry’s hit the winning doubles which bring his side to joint first at the top of the table. Oriel Active hosted Kehoe’s and good quality finishing was a evident in this game.
Thomas Bradley finished 93 in his win over Shame McDowell but Gary Stewart was to get the highest finish on the night with a 106 checkout. Paddy Dunning took out 88 to try and secure a win for his side but Gerry Norton stopped him in his tracks to ensure a draw was the final score.
The road to Gyle’s Quay doesn’t seem as long when you are winning. That was the view of Ferguson’s after they secured a 4-2 win over Punters Tigers with Michael Crawley securing the win for the visiting team. This kept the men from the peninsula close to league leaders Johnny Mason’s who could only manage a draw against the Castlebar Knights. These results leave Mason’s at the top of the table but they have a crucial game in hand to play.
The other result in the division was a strong win for the Malthouse Misfits against a Commercial Hawks team who suffered from missed doubles.
Adam Everard was a convincing winner over Willie O’Connor but that was as good as it got for the Hawks as the Misfits were definitely not misfiring for the rest of the match as they took the next five games without reply.