DESPITE coming from behind to win away to the Stables, Drumgor must keep the champagne on ice for at least another week to reclaim their league title in the Craigavon District Darts League as their nearest rivals were also victorious.
Stables took the early advantage when Neil McConville won his third game in a row defeated Drumgor captain Joe Duff by 2 legs to 1, but Clive Hanna got his seventh league win in a row and his eleventh out of twelve when he beat Chris Lewsley 2-1. Gareth Bunting handed Marty Craig his first defeat in seven matches when he had another 2-1 win to put the Stables back in front. Hugh Campbell had his chances against Stevie Duff but couldn’t take them as Stevie hit the all important doubles to level the match at 2-2. Again the Stables went back in front when Michael Lamb got his eighth win of the season when he had a 2-0 win over Pearse Richardson.
Drumgor were to win the last six legs of the night and the match was soon level as Paul Donnelly had a 2-0 win over Shane Tallon and Drumgor then went in front for the first time when Eamon Duff beat Brian Devine 2-0. It was left to Shane Lennon to wrap up the win and he beat Dee McConville 2-0 to keep them three points ahead of Eire Og with just two games to go.
Eire Og kept their form going with an emphatic 8-0 win over the Trojans losing just one leg all night as they remain in second spot in the league.
Sam Frazer got the night off well when he had an excellent 15 dart leg on way to a 2-0 win over Ritchie McConville. Chris Cinnmaond and Michael Dunwoodie were victorious with wins over Tony Rutherford Jr and Andrew Colhoun to make it 3-0 and when Hugh Heaney also won 2-0 over Andrew Fairbairn the match was practically over as a contest. Paul McGahan got his fourth win in a row and in doing so not only secured the points but also stopped Rab Lewis’s four game win streak when he had a 2-1 win.
Dermy McStay beat Davy Vaughan and Mark McLernon recorded his seventh successive win when he had a 180 on his way to the win over Tony Rutherford sr who had a 140. It was left to Paul Callaghan to finish the night when he beat Paul Lewis 2-0 to complete the win but it looks like their only defeat of the season against Drumgor is turning out to be vital as the title slowly slips away.
Celtic remain third as they proved just too strong for Clann Eireann with a comfortable 6-2 win.
Mick Millar gave them the perfect start with a 2-0 win over Chris Magee which was followed by Dee Breen who got his tenth league win of the season when hitting a 17 dart leg on way to his 2-0 win over Mark Magee. Anto Crewe had a superb 130 checkout on the bull for an 18 dart leg to help him to a 2-0 win over Kevin O’Loan. Mick Hendron kept Clann Eireann in the tie with a 2-1 win over Tommy McErlene but four steady 100’s by Dessie Dunbar restored the three game advantage when he beat Nathan McCabe 2-0. But again back came Clann Eireann when Joe McCabe beat Sean Farren two legs to nil to make it 4-2. Celtic were to finish the night taking the last four legs with Gerard Crewe hitting top form while beating Neil McCluskey and Adrian Hutchinson winning 2-0 against Cathal Hendron while also hitting a 140 on the way to a 18 dart leg to complete the victory.
It was fourth versus fifth in the final match of the week as The INF travelled to the Premier and both sides had to settle for a 4-4 draw. It was the Premier who were happiest having come from 4-1 down. The Premier won the first match of the night when Conor Mallon kept his 100% record since his return with a 2-1 win over Andy McConnon despite losing the first leg. Paddy Magill took out 84 in two darts to complete a 2-0 win over Dee McCready to level the match and Lee Culbert got his ninth league win of the season while beating Mo Campbell by the same score. Terry Morrow stopped Brian McCavigan’s six game win streak with a 2-0 win and when Roy White beat Brendan Mallon 2-0 it was the INF‘s eighth leg win in a row which put them 4-1 up.
Stevie McConnon soon got the ninth leg in a row when he won the first leg against Dee Blaney but an excellent bull finish by Dee with his last dart totally changed the game in their second leg as the momentum swung the way of the Premier. Dee scored well in the deciding leg to take the match to 4-2. A couple of missed doubles by Seamy Tallon in the next match let Keith Beale take the first leg in their match and a 21 dart leg was enough to take their game 2-0 and bring the tie to the deciding match.
It was John Cinnamond though who got his sixth win in a row when taking the last leg of the night against Marty Crossan for a 2-1 win and leave both teams settling for a point apiece.
Thursday is the penultimate week in the league and Drumgor host Clann Eireann knowing a win will secure the title, The Premier will host Eire Og. Celtic are at home to the INF and the Stables will be at home against the Trojans.