Nolan’s and Doyle’s cel­e­brate

Bray People - - SPORT -

AF­TER A long sea­son of darts Nolan’s and Doyle's were crowned cham­pi­ons in Rath­drum on Fri­day night af­ter two very ex­cit­ing fi­nals.

In the First Di­vi­sion Nolan’s re­gained the league ti­tle af­ter a ti­tanic bat­tle with Glen­malure that re­quired sud­den death to set­tle it.

Nolan’s made the per­fect start when they took the open­ing ’1001' but Glen­malure hit straight back in the first dou­bles when Shane Byrne and Peter Byrne got the bet­ter of Rob­bie Kelly and Davy Doyle.

Nolan’s went straight back into the lead though with Ste­hen Byrne and John O’Hara throw­ing steady darts to beat Patrick Dunne and Tea-Bag Carter.

The first sin­gles of the night saw Peter Byrne beat Stephen Byrne to level the scores again. Nolan’s hit straight in the sec­ond sin­gles when John O’Hara threw great darts to beat Patrick Dunne.

Glen­malure made it 3-3 in the third sin­gles when Shane Byrne beat Martin Kinsella but Nolan’s took the lead straight back in the fourth sin­gles when Rob­bie Kelly put up an­other good dis­play to beat Paddy Byrne.

Tea-Bag Carter lev­elled it for Glen­malure in what was a very ner­vous fi­nal sin­gles to sent it to a sud­den death ’1001'.

It was scrappy but Nolan’s used all their ex­pe­ri­ence to take it and claim an­other league ti­tle. Fi­nal score: Nolan’s 5, Glen­malure 3 In the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion Doyle’s just got the bet­ter of Fitz­patrick’s.

It was a tight, tense af­fair and Doyle’s just did enough to keep their un­beaten record in place.

They got off to a per­fect start when they took the open­ing ’1001' and they quickly went into a 2-0 lead when Trevor Doyle and John Sayer beat Ja­son Giffney and Ken Peake in the first dou­bles.

Fitz­patrick’s got off the mark in the sec­ond dou­bles with Jay Devlin and Danny Quinn pro­duc­ing some good darts to beat Martin O’Con­nor and Robert Doyle.

Doyle’s hit straight back in the first sin­gles with Paddy Byrne scrap­ing past Jay Devlin.

Byrne took the first leg but Devlin pro­duced a qual­ity 15 dart leg that in­cluded a ’108' fin­ish to level it.

Both play­ers had darts to win it but Byrne kept his cool to put Doyle’s 3-1 up.

Ja­son Giffney got the bet­ter of John Sayer in the sec­ond sin­gles to bring it back to 3-2 but Doyle’s hit straight back when Trevor Doyle just got the bet­ter of Danny Quinn, in the game of the night to make it 4-2.

The fourth sin­gles of the night saw Martin O’ Con­nor tak­ing on Ken Peake and it was also a tight af­fair that could have went ei­ther way but Peake just shaded it to bring the score back to 4-3.

It was a fam­ily af­fair in the fifth sin­gles with Robert Doyle tak­ing on Dean Franey.

De­spite Dean’s best ef­forts, he couldn’t get the bet­ter of Rosie, who kept his cool to give Doyle’s the ti­tle.

Well done to both teams for con­tribut­ing to what was a great fi­nal that was played in ex­cel­lent spir­its. Fi­nal Score: Doyle’s 5, Fitz­patrick’s 3. High­est Check­out ’108' Jay Devlin.

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