Doyles claim their first sil­ver­ware

Bray People - - SPORT - DARTS WITH WIL­LIAM O’TOOLE

DOYLE’S claimed their first ti­tle of the sea­son when they beat Harney’s 5-0 in the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion Cup fi­nal in Ark­low on Fri­day night.

Al­though, the fi­nal score didn’t do Harney’s jus­tice and the Wex­ford side were bet­ter than the fi­nal score sug­gests.

The open­ing ’1001' went right to the wire but Doyle’s took ad­van­tage of some poor fin­ish­ing from Harney’s to go 1-0 in front. Poor fin­ish­ing would cost the Wex­ford side dearly all night.

Robert ‘Rosie’ Doyle and Martin O’Con­nor took on Colm and Paul Philips in the open­ing dou­bles of the night. The Rath­new men struck first but the Philips’ fought back well to level it. They had chances to will it but Doyle and Con­nor held their nerve to win it 2-1 and put Doyle’s into a 2-0 lead.

The sec­ond sin­gles of the night saw Trevor Doyle and John Sayer take on Paddy Kir­win and Jim Carter. It was nearly a car­bon copy of the open­ing dou­bles. Doyle’s struck first but Harney’s lev­eled it. They had shots to win it but poor fin­ish­ing was cost­ing them Doyle’s were ruth­less in that depart­ment though and Trevor Doyle held his nerve to put them into a 3-0 lead.

That ap­peared to break Harney’s and good win’s for Martin O’Con­nor and Rosie in the two sin­gles games of the night, sealed a good 5-0 win for Doyle’s and in the process handed them their first ti­tle of the sea­son.

They were prob­a­bly the best team through­out the Cup cam­paign and de­served the win,

Doyle’s: Ea­mon ‘Notcher’ Hughes, Martin O’Con­nor, Paddy Byrne, John Sayer, Robert ‘Rosie’ Doyle, Trevor Doyle, Ea­mon Doyle, Dave Duffy.

The Grand pro­gressed to the semi-fi­nal of the First Di­vi­sion League on Fri­day night af­ter a hard-fought win over Lyn­ham’s in Ash­ford.

The Grand took the open­ing ’1001' to go 1-0 in front, and they made it 2-0 when the un­beaten dou­bles pair­ing of Martin For­tune and Don Healy took the open­ing dou­bles of the night.

John White and Barry Jones pulled one back for Lyn­ham’s when they won the sec­ond dou­bles.

How­ever, wins for John Quinn and John Ed­wards in the next two games put the Grand 4-1 up.

Lyn­ham’s fought back strong af­ter that but their come­back just came up short though, de­spite the best ef­forts of Danny De­vitt, he couldn’t get the bet­ter of Martin For­tune who pro­duced a good ’14' dart leg to seal it for the Wick­low men.

Next up for them is Glen­malure in the semi-next Fri­day night. Doyle’s will take on John Joe’s and Fitz­patrick’s will face Harney’s in the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion play­offs, also next Fri­day.

The Doyle’s team pose af­ter the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion ti­tle.

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