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Quinlan’s who were winners over the Gallows in the final of the CDO Fosters first division league played at the Glenryan Tavern.

Gallows who were runners-up in the CDO Fosters first division league played at the Glenryan

The Glenryan Tavern was the venue on Monday night last for the playing of both semifinals and final of the Cork Darts Organisation Fosters sponsored first division league which saw Quinlan’s in their first season at this level take the title ahead of the Gallows.

The evening began at 8.30 with the playing of both semifinals which saw Quinlan’s defeat Ma Dullea’s convincingly by four games to one while the Gallows overcame the challenge of the River Lane on a 4-2 scoreline.

The final opened with the Gallows Steve Harrington facing off against Quinlan’s Dylan Murphy and it was Harrington who was the best performer on the oche as he hit top scores of 100, 140 and a 116 checkout to take the opener for the Gallows.

Gallows lead did not last very long however as Quinlan’s soon squared the match through Gordan Hill’s 2-1 win over Brian Moloney with Hill throwing  in top hands of 121 and 140 on his way to the win.

Another three legged encounter then followed with Quinlan’s Denis O’Shea taking it just ahead of Gallows Chris O’Brien in what was a very tight affair between two very evenly matched players.

The fourth game on the card brought together Quinlan’s Dave Cassidy and Gallows Aaron McGrath with Cassidy taking the opening leg but McGrath fought back to level  but it was the Quinlan’s player who proved sharper on his checkout to take it and give his team a 3-1 lead at the break.

With the advantage now stacked in Quinlan’s favour at 3-1 Gallows were under pressure to try and reign them in and they started to do so as their number five Will Kennedy took the honours in another very tight clash as he edged it on a 2-1 scoreline against Shane Healy to pull a game back for the Gallows.

However matters soon came to a close as the sixth game ended in favour of the Watercourse Road team with Sean Healy throwing very steady in his 2-0 win over Gallows Chris Musgrove to claim the Fosters first division league for Quinlan’s.

The Cork Darts Organisation new years darts gala will this year take place on Sunday December 30 at St, Vincents Hurling and Football club pavilion.

Once again there will be three competitions at the venue on the Day with the action commencing early on the morning at 11am with a youths singles event and that will be followed at 4.15 by the men’s adult Fosters doubles and also the plate competition.

Entries for the men’s championship will be accepted at the venue from 3pm until 3.45 when the draw will be made.

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