Bridge Gold win Mark Farrell Cup

November 25, 2008

Bridge Gold are the proud new holders of the Mark Farrell Cup hosted by Garvey’s Dart Club following a terrific night’s darts between all 5 first division sides. What makes the Bridge Gold victory all the sweeter is that Jimmy Farrell brother of Mark, whom the cup commemorates, was a member of the winning team.

Mark, along with John Faughey, brought along that x-factor trophy winning formula that has eluded the Gold over the years, stepping in, in the absence of regular talismen Peadar Mallie and Jim McCann.

The one leg of 701, 7-a-side competition, pitted league leaders Dark House against bottom of the table Cartwheel in the preliminary round. The opening game saw Martin McCartney (121,4×100) win in style with a 108 check-out to beat Raymond Martin (92, 85, 83) as favourites Dark House hit the front. Jim Hanratty (98, 4×95) levelled matters by beating Tommy Haughey Snr (3×100, 99). Cartwheel took the lead with Darren Carroll (100, 97, 3×85) winning match three with Johnny McWilliams (3×100). Sean McMurray (2×140, 94) saw off Charley’s team mate Mickey Donnelly (125, 100, 88) to level for the second time. Dark House regained the initiative through Paul Irwin (2×95) defeating Michael McEntee (2×85) in match five for an important 3-2 lead. A maximum 180 from Colin Pilkington (95, 850 was followed by a similar reply from opponent Anthony Reynolds (140) but Colin plugged the double to tie matters at 3-3 and all down to the seventh and last match. Tony Fenton (2×100, 99, 97) was miles ahead of opponent Joe Pilkington who could not buy a treble but could hit double 16 when it presented itself to give Cartwheel a sensational victory. trophies on offer this season were beaten for the second time in the space of 4 days.

The first semi-final between hosts Garvey’s One and Dundalk side Stag’s Head turned out to be another edge of the seat 7 game thriller. Paddy Kearney (140, 122, 121, 116) gave the visitors the lead with victory over Stephen Devine (120, 3×81). A 99 check-out following throws of 180, 133, 100 gave Stephen O’Hara the chance to level by beating Brendan O’Rourke. Paddy “the Shark” Gibney (125, 87, 6×60) regained the lead for the Stag’s with a win over Paudi Garvey (3×85) in match three. 5 x 85 was good enough to enable Chris O’Hanlon see off Rory O’Reilly to level matters at two each.For the third time in the match the Dundalk side hit the front as Paul Riordan (103, 95, 5×60) defeated John Rowland (95, 2×81) in match five. Gary Murphy (97, 2×95) kept the match alive and down to the wire by beating Peadar Kieran (121, 85, 78) in the penultimate match. Both Darren Rafferty and Brian McArdle squandered winning double opportunities before Brian clinched it and a place in the final for Stag’s Head.

If the preliminary round had produced a shock result there was an even bigger shock in the second semi-final as Bridge Gold beat Cartwheel. The shock was not in the result but in the fact that it was over after four matches with the Gold winning 4-0. Aidan Kilroy and Jim Hanratty did not produce anything near their best in the opening match but Aidan managed after several misses by both players to hit the all important double. There was no doubting the winner of game two as 2×180 and a 140 set Michael Casey up for a 20 darter to defeat Michael McEntee to make it 2-0. Stephen Reel (100) came from well off the pace to treble the lead with a win over Raymond Martin (3×100, 85, 81). A similar pattern followed in match four as in three as John Faughey (2×95, 85) saw off Darren Carroll (2×100, 4×81) to give Bridge Gold their place in the final.

The final saw Stag’s Head take an early lead following a 70 check-out from Rory O’Reilly (5×85) as he inflicted a first defeat of the season on Aidan Kilroy. Paddy “the shark” Gibney (140, 120, 85) bit off a bit more than he could chew as individual champion Michael Casey (3×100, 99) levelled matters. The Dundalk based Stag’s reared their head in front once more as Brendan O’Rourke (2×100, 91) beat Stephen Reel (127, 120) in match three. Steady improvement from John Faughey (2×100, 81) helped him defeat Paddy Kearney (140, 100) to tie matters at 2-2. Strong middle throwing from John Reel (4×81, 96) gave him the decisive winning edge over Paul Riordan (140, 61, 60) as the Gold took the lead for the first and all important time. When steady darts were needed Thomas Garvey (3×85, 3×81) produced them in match six as he got the better of Brian McArdle (100, 3×60) to give Bridge Gold their first trophy in a number of years.

A special thanks to the Farrell family for their attendance and also to organisers Garvey’s dart club and proprietor Jimmy Ryan for providing the scrumptious food.