Spell’s are County Darts kings!

The 2007/2008 Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon County Darts League came to a conclusion on Sunday with two outstanding finals taking place at a packed Hannon’s Hotel in Roscommon Town. A total of 66 legs on the day decided the destinations of both Cup and Shield titles with both finals going the distance as Benji Hayden (Spell’s) and Padraig Finan of Creaton’s became the heroes of their respective teams.    Spell’s of Ballaghaderreen became the overall Cup champions for the second time following a 4-3 victory over McDermott’s of Ballinaheglish. In the Shield final Creaton’s of Loughglynn pipped Murray’s of Knockcroghery, also on a 4-3 scoreline.    Creaton’s of Loughglynn, led by captain Sean Finan, just edged out Murray’s to become Shield Winners for the first time. Jimmy Reillly, who had an outstanding league, winning 16 of 17 games, completed his league with yet another win. He gave Murray’s the lead with a 3-0 win over Eugene McDonagh. Sean Finan levelled for Creaton’s, beating Paul Carton 3-1 and including a 180 enroute.    Tony Thacker beat John Devaney in game three as Creaton’s took the lead. Pat Byrne and Mick Egan won both games four and five with wins over Joe Crawley and long-time servant of Roscommon County Darts, Matt Scally. Pat Reid beat Willie Doyle in game six to set up the deciding game between Scobie Connaughton and Padraig Finan which went 2-2 and the Loughglynn man snatched it at the death. Scores (J. Reilly 3 E. McDonagh 0; P. Carton 1 S. Finan 3; J. Devaney 0 T. Thacker 3; P. Byrne 3 J. Crawley 1; M. Egan 3 M. Scally 0; W. Doyle 1 P. Reid 3; N. Connaughton 2 P. Finan 3). Cup Final This was a very nervy final almost all the way through, but for the best part the standard was quite high. Sean Fleming and David Concannon went head to head in the opening game with Concannon getting the better start. Aided by checkouts of 76 and 98 he took a 2-1 lead. Fleming bettled beck to make it 3-3 and threw his best leg at the death to scrape through 4-3.    Spell’s Patrick Tansey with the only 180 of the final raced into a 3-0 lead against Thomas Concannon in game two. But it did not finish there. The further this game went on the better Concannon got. He pulled it back to 3-2 and missed a couple of darts to make it 3-3. But the one chance Tansey got to clinch it, he did with a 60 checkout, earning Spell’s a valuable cushion.    McDermott’s skipper Andy Fallon beat Jimmy Finn 4-3 in game 3. Finn’s scoring was more consistent than his opponent’s but missed doubles on occasion added to the tension within the room. Spell’s skipper Denis Coffey went on to beat Joe Elliffe 4-2 in game 4. A 100 checkout to win at that, making it his 4th 100+ checkout of the league.    In game five, Mark Finneran under immense pressure, emerged victorious with a 4-3 win over Martin Fleming. Finneran never lost the lead in this one as his scoring was far more consistent than Fleming’s. The Spells’ player did reel off 60 and 63 checkouts to stay in touch and had six darts to win the cup but his younger opponent held his nerve better to bring it to another game.    Gary Concannon the youngest player on show on the day was outstanding in game 6, beating Aidan Tansey 4-0, scoring and finishing very well.    With the score now at 3-3 it left cousins Benji Hayden and Gerry Fallon to sort out the destination of the cup. And it was to be Benji’s and Spell’s day as he beat Fallon on a 4-1 scoreline. Scores: (D. Concannon 3 S. Fleming 4; T. Concannon 2 P. Tansey 4; A. Fallon 4 J. Finn 3; J. Elliffe 2 D. Coffey 4; M. Finneran 4 M. Fleming 3; G. Concannon 4 A. Tansey 0; G. Fallon 1 B. Hayden 4).  Presentations were made to the following for their dedication to Roscommon County Darts throughout the League: Ann Finan, Phil Carney, Kathy Fleming, Martina McKeon and Mary Concannon. The West Coast Challenge Youth Champions were presented with their winners medals.      Martin Murphy was presented with his highest checkout award from the recent Pete Donnellon Cup tournament. Gary Concannon claimed the highest prize with a 160 checkout.    The presentation of the Roscommon County Darts Shield was made by Chairman of The Irish National Darts Organisation, Liam Kerins (Boyle) with the recipient being winning captain Sean Finan and the presentation of The Willie Tiernan Perpetual Cup was made by Martin Hannon of Hannon’s Hotel to winning Spell’s captain Denis Coffey.   Roscommon County Darts wish to thank all those who attended the final on Sunday and who players and supporters who attended and supported games throughout the winter. To all the pub venues thank you for your hospitality, and thanks aswell to Tommy Beirne, Martin Murphy and Mick Kilroe who called and checked scores on Sunday last. Thanks also to Martin Hannon of Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon for their kind sponsorship of this year’s league. Upcoming events Saturday, March 8th: The  All-Ireland Youths Intercounty Darts Championships. Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny City. 22 teams expected to take part.   Sunday, April 27th: The Martin Kelly Cup All-Ireland Open Singles. In the Church Street Station, Roscommon Town.