The Craigavon District Darts League started off with a bang with no less than six players hitting 180’s and a superb 142 checkout.
Clann Eireann showed their intentions this year to stop any repeat of last years eighth place finish with a well earned draw against the Celtic.
Celtic’s Dee Breen hit a 180 when winning the first leg in 16 darts before 2x100’s was enough to win the second for a 2-0 over Kevin O’Loan. Mark Magee had three ton plus scores which helped him level the tie with a 2-1 win over Celtic debutante Colm Toman. Johnny McAtamney had a fine 2-1 win over Martin Haddock to put Clann Eireann in front. Dessie Dunbar was relieved to scrape past Clann Eireann captain Mick Hendron on a 2-1 to pull the hosts level. Sean Farren hit the second maximum of the match to put the Celtic back in the driving seat when he got the better of C. Magee 2-1, but back came Clann Eireann as Nathan McCabe hit four ton plus scores as he beat Gordy Owens 2-0 to level the match at 3-3. Gerard Crewe and Joe McCabe had little between them until the last double was hit with Gerard Crewe edging it 2-1. Michael Scullion who was the man of the moment for Clann Eireann when on his debut he took advantage of Adrian Hutchinson missing doubles to claim an excellent 2-1 leave the match all square.
DRUMGOR 4-4 INF
Champions Drumgor remain undefeated in the league since October 2011, but they were pushed all the way by an INF team who were boosted by the signing of Dave McCusker.
There was little between Pearse Richardson and Marty Crossan before Marty finally hit the double to take it and again in the second leg it was even but Marty’s excellent checkout on 87 claimed the first match. Two steady legs of 21 and 23 darts was enough for S. Tallon to defeat Paul Donnelly 2-0, but Eamon Duff had just that little bit too much for Roy White winning 2-0. Lee Culbert had a maximum 180 and an 18 dart leg on way to his 2-0 victory over George Chambers. Stephen Duff got his first of this season but had to come from behind against Terry Morrow. hitting double 16 to snatch the win and make the tie 3-2 to the INF. Clive Hanna had a 2-0 win over Marty Murray.
The next match saw Paddy Magill and Shane Lennon clash again in a repeat of last years draw and again it Shane who got the win on a 2-0 score. It was left to Dave McCusker to play his first game for the INF and he had a steady 18 dart leg to take the first leg against Marty Craig before going on to secure the draw.
Stables 2-6 Vintage
Vintage are genuine contenders for the title after strengthening their team and they started the season off with an impressive 6-2 win .
Brian McCavigan included a 180 on his score to help him to a 2-1 win over Peter Morris. Dee Blaney had 4x100’s and a 140 with a 17 dart leg to help him to a 2-0 win over Dee McConville and the 4x100’s and 140 were matched by James Bolton making his debut as he too won 2-0 over Neil McConville. Dee McCready made it six legs in a row for the Vintage when he got the better of Michael Lamb. It soon became 8 in a row when Keith Beale had a 140, 123 and 3x100’s and a 16 dart leg to beat Chris Lewsley 2-0. Stables captain Shane Tallon got their first score when he beat Oliver Toland 2-1 but a 117 checkout and a 16 dart leg by John Cinnamond put the Vintage 6-1 up when he beat Joe Toman 2-1. Pat Curran had the last say for the Stables when he beat Joe McGahan 2-1 .
Eire Og 7-1 Trojans
The final match saw Eire Og record a 7-1 win over the Trojans. Sam Frazer beat Stuart Matchett 2-0, Sam with a 21 darter on the way.
Micky Campbell beat Paul Lewis 2-0 with Micky hitting a 180 and a 20 dart leg. Eire Og steamed ahead with Mark McLernon getting the better of David Vaughan Snr 2-1.
Micky Dunwoodie went out to ensure Eire Og would not be beaten in their first match of campaign with a 2-0 win over David Vaughan Jnr.
The Trojans were down but not out when Gordy Walker beat Paul Callaghan 2-0, but the points went to Eire Og when Paul McGahan beat Stephen Rutherford 2-1. Dermot McStay then faced Tony Rutherford and was victorious with a 2-0 score line, having a 91 Check out.
The final match was a hard fought game between Hugh Heaney and Rab Lewis, Hugh excelled as the victor 2-1 having an 18 dart leg to win the last leg of the night .
This weeks fixtures are: Clann Eireann v Stables, Vintage v Trojans, INF v Celtic, Drumgor v Eire Og.