OLD SHIP CLAIM SHIELD GLORY

Bray People - - SPORT - WIL­LIAM O’TOOLE

THE OLD SHIP and The Meet­ings faced off on in Glen­malure on Fri­day night in the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion Shield fi­nal in Glen­malure. It had the po­ten­tial to be a close fi­nal and that's what hap­pened.

The Meet­ing's got off to a great start when they took the open­ing ' 1001' but the Old Ship hit straight back in the first dou­bles of the night when Joe Perry and Liam Craine pro­duced some good darts to beat Des Doyle and John Moore 2-0.

Chris Arthur and Chris Canavan beat David Mur­phy and Paul Lacey 2-0 in the sec­ond dou­bles to put the Avoca men into a 2-1 lead and when Robert Moore beat Kathleen Perry 2-0 in the first sin­gles of the night, to put the Meet­ing's into a 3-1 lead it looked like they would push on.

How­ever, the Ark­low men fought back strong. Liam Craine pro­duced two qual­ity legs of darts in the sec­ond sin­gles which in­cluded a top class 124 fin­ish on the bull to beat Des Doyle 2-0 and bring the score back to 3-2.

Vet­eran cap­tain Joe Perry used all his ex­pe­ri­ence to beat Noel Do­ran 2-0 in the third sin­gles to level the scores. It was get­ting tight and tense at this stage as both sides re­alised what was at stake.

The fourth sin­gles of the night saw David Mur­phy take on Chris Arthur. Mur­phy took the first leg but Chris pro­duced a leg of im­mense qual­ity to level it. The de­cid­ing leg could have went ei­ther way but Mur­phy got the cru­cial dou­ble to put the Old Ship into a 4-3 lead.

Paul Lacey took on Chris Canavan in the fifth sin­gles and the pres­sure on both men was im­mense.

Lacey knew if he won he would win it for the Old Ship and Canavan knew he needed to win to save it for the Meet­ings.

Lacey rolled back the years though and he pro­duced two very good legs of darts to win it for the Old Ship. Well done to both sides who helped con­trib­ute to what was a great game. Fi­nal score: The Old Ship 5 The Meet­ing's 3. High­est Check­out 124 Liam Craine

The Old Ship: Joe Perry, Kathleen Perry, Liam Craine, David Mur­phy, Paul Lacey, Butch Lacey, Johnny Mer­ri­gan.

The Meet­ing's: Chris Canavan, Chris Arthur, John Moore, Robert Moore, Noel Do­ran, Des Doyle, Craig Porter, Ser­ena Moore.

No darts on Good Fri­day but the fol­low­ing Fri­day night will see the cul­mi­na­tion of the league with fi­nals night.

The Old Ship team in Gle­malure last weekend.

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