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Old Reliable take maiden trophy

The Old Reliable came through to claim their first ever trophy in Cork Darts Organisation competition when they accounted for Ma Dullea’s in the Fosters sponsored first division league final played at the Local.

Both semifinals kicked off at 8.45 and the Old Reliable booked their spot in the final with a 4-2 win over the Cow while their opponents in the final Ma Dullea’s were accounting for the Red Cove Inn 4-1.

Old Reliable began the final in tremendous fashion as they took the first three games on the scorecard with Alan O’Sullivan winning 2-1 against Brendan O’Connor, Jonathon Condon winning 2-1 ahead of Paul O’Flynn and Paul Mealy winning 2-1 against Cian Stokes.

Matters were certainly not looking good for the Tower Street based Ma Dullea’s on this disastrous opening three legs but there luck changed as Alan Ramsell put in a man of the match performance in his defeat of Christy Coughlan by 2-0

Pat Ryan continued the good work for Ma Dullea’s as he outscored  Gerry Sproule 2-0 and it was all square following veteran John Lyons exciting 2-0 win over another CDO veteran from the Old Reliable Frank Leahy to send this exciting final to the seventh game.

Old Reliable forged ahead as John McCarthy took the first leg of this final decider but credit to his opponent Rickey O’Regan who fought back to level and in a tense and very exciting final leg it was McCarthy who claimed the victory for the Old Reliable.

St, Vincent’s will once again stage the Cork Darts Organisation men’s Fosters sponsored new year doubles championship and plate competition on January 1 2018.

There will be a prize fund of €1,500 to be won on the day and all entries are guaranteed at least two games per team.

Entries for the competition will only be accepted at the venue in person at the administration table between 2.30 and 3.30pm with first darts in the air at 4pm.

Entries will not be taken over the phone and only active team playing members of the  Cork Darts Organisation can enter into the competition.

Monday January 8 will see a resumption of action on the oche’s with the opening series of matches in the CDO Fosters sponsored cups in the super, first and second division while in the junior division it’s the Tom Lynch sponsored cup.

Games in the Fosters super division will see all seven played with each game to be over four legs of 501 with a 2-2 result giving each team a point a-piece while a 3-0 or a 3-1 result will see three points going to the team of the successful player.

Winner of bull will throw first in legs 1 and three with bull loser to throw first in legs 2 and 4.

Because of the extended format, teams must now arrive earlier at their opponents venue and if it is found that teams are not complying with this directive, then a return to the previous best of three legs will immediately be reinstated.

All games in the remaining three divisions will be played over the best of three legs of 501 with the winner of the bull to throw first in legs 1 and 3.

The CDO wishes to extend a very happy Christmas and the best for 2018 to all our members and sponsors and publicans and also our friends in the media, Evening Echo sports and 96fm news and sport.

Sympathy of the CDO is extended to the O’Donoghue family of the Gerald Griffin on a recent bereavement.

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