Roartys 4 Cope House 1

Roartys retained the SWDDL Knockout cup in the Bridge Bar on Saturday 24th March with a 4-1 victory over The Cope House. John McGinley defeated David Gallagher 5-1 in the opening match John finished tops in the two opening legs before David finished double 19 in the third John won the next three legs with  20, 10 and 36 finishes he also had a 180 and a 16 dart leg.

Philip Gallagher levelled the match by beating JP Byrne by the same score line he won the first five  legs with , 16, 96, 94, 32 and 8 finishes JP won his only leg with a 32 checkout while Philip took out 8 to win the match for the Killybegs lads he also had a 180.

The match of the night was Michael Byrne against Irwin Muirhead, Irwin went 3-0 up with 76, 32 and 16 finishes before Michael pulled one back with a 20 finish then Irwin finished 48 to go 4-1 up before Michael staged a great comeback with 47, 32, 2 and 54 finishes to seal a vital victory in the match.

Kevin Squires then beat Stephen Muirhead 5-2 , he went 2-0 up with 72 and 10 finishes before Stephen tied the game up with 68 and 55 checkouts but Kevin went onto take the next three legs with 54, 104, 32 and 16 finishes to put Roartys one game away from victory.

Kieran Carr versus Declan Cunningham turned out to be the final game of the night, Declan won the first leg with a 12 checkout, Kieran took the next three legs with 20, 41 and 60 checkouts, Declan made it 3-3 with 6 and 8 finishes but it was Kieran that held his nerve to win the next two legs with 2 and 20 checkouts to retain the cup for Roartys.  Norman Fuller v Rodney McBrearty and Antony Gallagher v John D Gallagher were the two matches not played. Well done to both sides for an entertaining night of darts.

Both sides meet again in the League final this Saturday in Glenhead with Roartys aiming to become the first side to do the treble since the Sliabh Liag in 2004 while the Cope are going for 3 in a row of league titles.

2012 Knockout Cup winners Roartys

2012 Knockout Cup runners up Cope House

Fixtures:

Friday 29th

2012 B Cup final

Bridge Bar v Big Francies B in O’Donnell’s

Saturday 30th

2012 League final and presentations night

Roartys v Cope House in Glenhead Tavern