2013 League Semis

Created: Saturday, 23 March 2013 Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 August 2014 Written by James Byrne

Big Francies 5 Cope House 3 (in Roartys)

Big Francies made it to their first league final with a 5-3 win over The Cope in a closely fought match played in Roartys, the 2011 league champions got off to a great start winning the first two doubles of the night with Paul Gillespie and Stephen Muirhead beating Mike Naulty Jnr and Antony Gallagher and Philip and David Gallagher beating John Damien Gallagher and John Murphy 2-0 in both games. Mike Naulty and Conal O’Gara beat Irwin Muirhead and Rodney McBrearty in the last of the doubles games also 2-0. Mike Naulty Jnr levelled the game up with a 3-1 win over Paul Gillespie he had a 18 dart leg as well, the next game was a meeting of the Gallagher brothers with John Damien beating Philip 3-2 in a close match.  

Mike Naulty beat Rodeny in another close match 3-2 to put the Ardara side one away from the win. Irwin Muirhead pulled another game back for the Cope with a 3-0 win over Antony Gallagher he hit a 177 also. It was local lad Kieran Gallagher in his first year with the side who was the hero of the night clinching yet another close match 3-2 he also has a 20 dart leg in this.

Roartys 5 Kilcar House 0 (in Bridge Bar)

Roartys are back in the league final for the third year in a row following this win over Kilcar House, with Kilcar House duo Raymond Hegarty and Hugh Doherty poised to take the first game of the night Kieran Carr took out a 133 checkout to put the Glen side 1-0 up he was throwing with John McGinley. Dermot McGuire and Antony Gallagher beat James Byrne and Colm Carr 2-0 and JP and Michael Byrne defeating Kenneth Kennedy and Scott McBrearty the finishing of Roartys was the difference in these games. In the first singles Dermot McGuire beat Kenneth Kennedy 3-2 in a great game of darts to leave Roartys one match away from the final and it was John McGinley who took the match with a 3-1 win over Raymond Hegarty. This was expected to be a closer game but trough out it was the sharp finishing of the holders that made the difference while Kilcar House can look back on a successful first year in the league where they took the runners up place.

B Cup Semi-final

Bridge Bar 2 O’Donnell’s 5 (in Roartys)

Trailing 3-0 after the doubles it was always going to be an uphill battle for holders The Bridge Bar to win this semi-final, John Gallagher/Josie Gillespie, Andrew Gillespie/Jamesie Boyle and Damien McBrearty/David Kennedy all had 2-0 wins over Adrian Byrne/Francis Curran, Darragh O’Gara/Colm McGlinchey and Paul McNern/Johny Byrne. The opening singles was a close match with John Gallagher coming out victor 3-2 over Adrian Byrne in a match that could have went either way.  The Bridge won the next two matches with Johny Byrne beating Damien McBrearty 3-0 and Paul McNern beating Josie Gillespie 3-2. Jamesie Boyle defeated Francis Curran 3-1 to set up a final showdown with The Glenhead next Friday. 

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