All to play for as semi-finals get underway

Final results from The Hannon’s Hotel Roscommon County Darts League (Week 14 of 14). Mac’s, Roscommon 3 Spell’s, Ballaghaderreen 4  Patrick Tansey, who included a 13-darter, was outstanding to take the lead for Spell’s. Krystof Wesolowski battled through to beat Denis Coffey 3-2 to level for Mac’s. Jimmy Finn and Martin Fleming made it 3-1 to Spell’s before it went 3-3 as Mac’s Gerry Murphy and Stephen Victory won their games. Frank Duffy beat Robbie Dolan to claim the win and crucial bonus point.    Scores: (G.Feeley 0 P.Tansey 3; K.Wesolowski 3 D.Coffey 2; M.Kilroe 1 J.Finn 3; J.Hoare 0 M.Fleming 3; G.Murphy 3 S.Duffy 0; S.Victory 3 A.Tansey 2; R.Dolan 1 F.Duffy 3). Murray’s, Knockcroghery 2 Creaton’s, Loughglynn 5 – Creaton’s stormed into a 4-0 lead courtesy of Eugene McDonagh, Tony Thacker, Sean Finan, and Joe Crawley – dropping 5 legs between them. All four were impressive in their wins, with Pat Byrne and Tony Lyons also playing well for the home side, despite losing. Murray’s Willie Doyle beat Pat Reid 3-2 to take his sides first of two games on the night. Padraig Finan took game six for Creaton’s and Jimmy Reilly completed the league stage unbeaten (13/13) with a 3-1 win over Matt Scally. Scores: (P.Byrne 2 E.McDonagh 3; T.Lyons 2 T.Thacker 3; P.Carton 0 S.Finan 3; N.Connaughton 1 J.Crawley 3; W.Doyle 3 P.Reid 2; J.Devaney 2 P.Finan 3; J.Reilly 3 M.Scally 1). Flanagan’s, Castleplunkett 7 Kate’s, Castlerea 0  Kate’s had not suffered a 7-0 defeat since week 6 of the league and had a number of decent results in between. Scores: (B.McCormack 3 P.Hayden 0; G.Owens 3 M.Connelley 0;F.Hussey 3 N.Revins 2; P.Kearney 3 D.Fleming 1; M.Kearney 3 J.McIntyre 1; N.Ryan 3 J.Cullinane 1; A.Fleming 3 B.Mannion 1). McDermott’s, Ballinaheglish 5 The Elf Inn, Elphin 2  The Elf Inn got the better start as Martin Murphy had one of his better performances of the league, in a 3-0 win over Thomas Concannon. McDermott’s replied to take the next three games as David Concannon, Andy Fallon, and Mark Finneran recorded wins. Finneran including a 15-darter in his win. Richard Southam beat Gerry Fallon 3-0. Gary Concannon beat Matthew Hynes in a very good game and Luke Concannon rounded off the win with a 3-0 win over Ger McKeon.    Scores:( T.Conannon 0 M.Murphy 3; D.Concannon 3 T.Beirne 0; A.Fallon 3 J.O.Connor 0; M.Finneran 3 D.Murphy 0; G.Fallon 0 R.Southam 3; G.Concannon 3 M.Hynes 2;L.Concannon 3 G.McKeon 0). Final standings of The Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon County Darts League. Spel’s 14/68; Murray’s 14/67;McDermott’s 14/61; Creaton’s 14/59; Flanagan’s 14/59; Mac’s 14/41; The Elf Inn 14/40; Kate’s 14/22.  Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon County Darts League Semi Finals First Leg results, Friday 15th of February. McDermott’s, Ballinaheglish 4 Murray’s Knockcroghery 3  In the first match, Paul Carton beat David Concannon 3-2, but it could easily have gone the other way. Concannon broke the throw in leg 3, to lead 2-1, but Carton hit back to get the win. In the second game, Mick Egan beat Joe Elliffe 3-1, to give Murray’s a 2-0 lead. There were some good scores, but no real consistency from either player. In game 3, Thomas Concannon beat Jimmy Reilly 3-2 in a cracker of a game, to get McDermott’s on the scoreboard. At 2-2, it seemed Reilly was set to win after opening leg 5 with three scores of 100, but he got bogged down and Concannon got a vital win for the home team. Concannon scored the only 180 of the night in this game, and a 77 outshot from him, and an 84 outshot from Reilly, were the highest on the night.    In game 4, Andy Fallon beat Pat Byrne 3-2 to level the match at 2-2. It was another tight game, but Fallon threw steadier darts in the last leg. Mark Finneran beat Scobie Connaughton 3-1 in game 5, to give McDermott’s the lead on the night. Finneran’s better finishing proved the difference in this game. Willie Doyle beat Luke Concannon 3-0 in game 6, to level the match at 3-3 on the night. Doyle gave his best performance of his short season, and ran out a deserved winner. Gary Concannon then beat Tony Lyons 3-1 in game 7, to give McDermott’s the win on the night. Concannon gave a good performance and was a deserved winner.    This semi-final is finely balanced now, with the return match in Murray’s next Friday looking as though it will go down to the wire. Scores: (D.Concannon 2 P.Carton 3; J.Elliffe 1 M.Egan 3; T.Concannon 3 J.Reilly 2; A.Fallon 3 P.Byrne 2; M.Finneran 3 N.Connaughton 1; L.Concannon 0 W.Doyle 3; G.Concannon 3 T.Lyons 0).      Creaton’s, Loughglynn 3 Spell’s, Ballaghaderreen 4 Spell’s went 1-0 up as Sean Fleming played very well to beat Eugene McDonagh 3-0. Patrick Tansey looked like making it 2-0 but Tony Thacker dug deep to complete a good comeback. Sean Finan then had a 3-0 win over Martin Fleming, hitting a 74 checkout to win.    Joe Crawley had chances to see off Aidan Tansey’s challenge but he missed too many doubles in what was a big turning point in the night’s action. Tansey, similiar to Tony Thacker earlier in the night, came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2. Denis Coffey and Jimmy Finn had 3-0 win over Matt Scally and Padraig Finan to give the Ballagh men a 4-2 lead. And not for the first time in this league Pat Reid proved the hero for Creaton’s –  limiting the damage – as he beat Frank Duffy 3-0 in what was the performance of the night, which included a 180 amongst other high scores.    It is the third time this year that Spell’s have beaten Creaton’s with 5-2 wins in October and January but this semi-final contest is still wide open with the return leg in Spell’s of Ballaghaderreen next Friday night a 10 pm. Scores: ( E.McDonagh 0 S.Fleming 3; T.Thacker 3 P.Tansey 2; S.Finan 3 M.Fleming 0; J.Crawley 2 A.Tansey 3; M.Scally 0 D.Coffey 3; P.Finan 0 J.Finn 3; P.Reid 3 F.Duffy 0). Semi-final tie-break: Should either semi-final end 7-7 there will be a tie-break. One player from either team will play head to head best of 5 x 501. Away team to throw for the bull first.    Semi Final Second Leg Fixtures Friday 22nd of February at 10pm. (4) Spell’s, Ballaghaderreen v Creaton’s, Loughglynn (3)  (3) Murray’s Knockcroghery v McDermott’s, Ballinaheglish (4)  Upcoming Events: Sunday, March 2: The Hannon’s Hotel Roscommon County Darts League Cup and Shield Finals at Hannon’s Hotel Athlone Rd, Roscommon Town. Date to be confirmed for The Martin Kelly Memorial Darts Tournament in Roscommon.