David’s great battle with three-times world champion

A number of Roscommon darts players were in action throughout this past week in Hull, England.

  A hectic week started with Tuesday’s Grand Slam of Darts Qualifiers. Ballinaheglish player Gary Concannon was unfortunate to lose out to Wayne Warren of Wales in the first round, despite his best efforts.

  His McDermott’s team-mate and Irish number 1 David Concannon fared better and took a 5-4 win over Paul Harvey of England in his first game to progress to the last 64 of the competition, where he would take on Keita Ono of Japan.

  A 5-3 win here put David into the last 32. An unlucky 5-2 loss to Joe Chaney at this stage put David out of the event but the Irish number 1 had played some impressive darts.

  Next up was the Lakeside World Championship Qualifiers on Wednesday.

  David Concannon got off to the perfect start with a 2-0 win over Morten Boe of Norway. An experienced opponent in the form of Sweden’s Daniel Larsson was next up for David, and the Swede showed composure in taking a 1-0 lead in sets. David, an experienced player, rallied and a world class 11-dart leg helped him restore parity in the second set before he went on to tie the game at 1-1.

  The Irish number 1 went on to record a 2-1 win with some clinical finishing. 

  A 2-0 win over Peter Hudson of England and a win by the same score over Rohit David of Norway put David into the last 32.

  A last four spot would result in automatic qualification for the Lakeside World Championships proper and this was becoming a real possibility as David continued to throw some outstanding darts.

  Finland’s Tatu Pekhonen was up next for David, but the Roscommon player proved too good for the classy Scandinavian; a 2-1 win was the result on this occasion.

  Having beaten many of Europe’s top players, David’s next opponent was from much closer to home as he was paired with Wexford player Michael Meaney in the last 16.

  Having qualified for the televised stage of the World Championship in 2014, Meaney knew what would be required and would prove a tough opponent.

  After some top class darts from both players it was David who came out on top on a 2-0 scoreline. A place in the last eight beckoned, with David only one victory from qualification. However, Scotland’s Alan Soutar would bring a wealth of experience and quality to the table.

  Despite David going 2-0 up in the first set thanks to a 72 checkout under pressure, Soutar showed great composure and grit to fight back and win the first set. David rallied with a 14-darter in the first leg of the second set, but the Scot again showed composure to rally back and take the second set for a nervy 2-0 win.

  Also in action on Wednesday in the Youths’ World Championships Qualifiers was Roscommon Youth player Ronan McDonagh.

  McDonagh was drawn against Northern Ireland’s Nathan Rafferty in the first round. The young Northern Ireland player won 3-0.

  Thursday saw the Winmau World Masters Qualifiers take place. Roscommon Youth player Ronan McDonagh faced Ryan Perry of England in his first game and despite the young Roscommon player’s best efforts it was the Englishman who came out on top.

  In the Mens’ event David Concannon took advantage of a bye in the first round to face Craig Orr of Northern Ireland. A nerveless David won 3-1 win in sets. Ireland’s Dave O’Connor was Concannon’s next opponent and the Roscommon man won 3-2.

  A 3-1 win over Stephen Haggan of Northern Ireland followed in the next round. This set up a last 32 clash in the qualifiers section, against Alan Soutar. Having got the better of Concannon the previous night, the Scot was bound to be confident but Concannon had different ideas.

  A 141 checkout in the first leg showed David’s intent before he went on to race into a 2-0 lead prior to Soutar pulling one back. David held off the Scot and kept his nerve to take a 3-2 win.

  With David through to the qualifiers, the seeded players would now be added to the event, and as David went into the last 32 of the competition proper, his opponent at that stage would be Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams.

  The World number 3 was guaranteed to prove a difficult obstacle for Concannon as Adams had proved his pedigree throughout a lengthy career that has included World Championship wins in 2007, 2010 and 2011.

  One would have forgiven nerves on David’s part given the magnitude of the event and the opponent, but if they were present there was little sign of them. Aided by a 140 and two 100s David took the first leg; a 180 along with scores of 100 and 81 were key to David taking a 17-dart leg and a 2-0 win in the first set.

  However, just as David went up a gear, so did Adams. A 180 with his first three darts of the second set helped him to record a clinical 13-dart leg. David responded in the second leg, and a score of 133 at a crucial time left him on a 132 finish. Two perfect darts gave him a shot at the bull but unfortunately he struck a 25.

  After some scintillating darts from the former world champion and the young Roscommon man, Adams won by three sets to one.

  Hard luck to David, Gary and Ronan but also well done on qualification for the events and the progress which was made through them. David’s run was particularly impressive.

Local darts action

Fixtures in round one of the Hannon’s Hotel sponsored Roscommon Darts League are as follows – Friday, 16th of October: An Bothar Rua v Ned’s; The Hatch Bar v The Hollywood; The Forge v Flanagan’s; McDermott’s v Charlie’s.

  Summer Round Robins came to their conclusion for this year in The Hollywood Bar, Roscommon last Friday.

  There had been a variety of winners throughout the year but Charlie’s Mick Kilroe and The Hollywood’s Ciaran Hickey had surpassed the rest with four wins each.

  Fittingly, it was these two players who contested an exciting final. Kilroe’s 4-0 win was more indicative of the relentless and consistent nature of Kilroe’s game than the standard of Hickey’s, with the latter throwing some great darts.

  With the summer series of Round Robins completed the organisers and The Hollywood Bar wish to thank all players who took part throughout the summer. Also special thanks to The Hollywood Bar.

  A Round Robin competition will take place in The Hollywood Bar, Roscommon this October Bank Holiday Monday 26th October.

  Money in/Money out plus €100 generously put up by The Hollywood Bar. Games at 3 pm sharp. Finger Food on the day. Contact David on (086) 0823180 for entry.