Clanns finish how they started - with a cup success

The victorious INF team after winning the Clann Eireann Cup.
The victorious INF team after winning the Clann Eireann Cup.

THE INF team claimed the final cup of the season lifting the Clann Eireann Cup repeating the feat of beating the Celtic in the final just like they did in the first final of the season back in September.

All eight teams reported to Lake Street for the last time this season with high hopes and some entertaining matches give everyone a great night.

The most competitive of the first round games was undoubtedly Celtic and Eire Og who will go head to head next week for the runners-up spot in the league, but this time it was Celtic who took the honours when they went through.

Celtic seemed to be cruising into the next round winning the first four games with wins for Mick Millar, Sean Farren, Dessie Dunbar and Adrian Hutchinson but Eire Og fought back to take it to the decider with Hugh Heaney, Noel Dunwoodie, Dermy McStay and Micky Campbell all winning before Tommy McErlene claimed the glory for the Celtic in the last leg.

Hosts Clann Eireann went up against the Stables and in another very tight competitive match it was the Stables who took the last two legs played with wins by Neil and Dee McConville for a 5-3 win.

The Premier got the better of league champions Drumgor for the second cup competition in a row with a 5-1 win, with Brendan Mallon winning the final game to take them through to meet the INF who had a comfortable 5-1 win over the Trojans. Stevie McConnon, Paddy Magill, Andy McConnon, Seamy Tallon and Terry Morrow all victorious for the eventual winners.

The first of the semi-finals gave INF their second 5-1 win of the night with Paddy Magill, Marty Murray, Lee Culbert and Seamy Tallon winning the first four games played. Brian McCavigan won the fifth game but it was soon over as a contest as Andy McConnon beat Peter Doran to reach the target and put INF into the final.

The second semi was a little closer with the Stables taking the early advantage winning two of the first three games with Chris Lewsley and Michael Lamb for the Stables and Tommy McErlene for Celtic. But it was Celtic who took over from here winning the last four legs with Anto Crewe, Martin Haddock, Dessie Dunbar and Sean Farren taking them through.

The final got off to a flyer with Adrain Hutchinson hitting 100, 85 and 180 in his first nine darts to help him put Celtic in front against Seamy Tallon. Paddy Magill had a 140 and a 20 darter for his third win of the night to level the tie. Vincey Culbert beat Tommy McErlene to put INF in front and Andy McConnon had his third win on the night also to make it 3-1. With Lee Culbert getting the win also it was left to Marty Murray to complete the night getting his 3rd win on the night but more importantly it was the INF’s fifth leg to complete their own third 5-1 win on the night and claim the cup and complete an impressive evening for the North Street men.

On Saturday eight local players travelled to Belfast to take part in the Northern Ireland Masters with mixed results. There were impressive wins for Gareth Bunting who reached the last 32 for the second consecutive tournament, Mark McLernon and Paddy Magill won there first matches before narrowly losing out to the two eventual finalists with Paddy Magill’s conqueror Barry Copeland going on to win the event and Terry Morrow had a great win over current Northern Ireland International and number two ranked player Gary Elliott.