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O’Donoghue takes Corcoran memorial cup.

Pat Corcoran memorial singles champion Eric O’Donoghue on right receiving the trophy from CDO registrar Richard Moloney.                                 Picture: Mark Farrell

After an absence of seven years Easter Monday last saw the return of the Pat Corcoran memorial singles championship when it was played for at it’s new venue Glen Rovers Football and Hurling club pavilion.

Eric O’Donoghue representing the Local on Military Hill who has played all the way through from the youths grade won his first major Cork Darts Organisation singles championship as he captured the Pat Corcoran memorial singles.

O’Donoghue who was probably still playing youth darts when the Pat Corcoran memorial singles championship was last played for has for the past few years being throwing really well and getting even more consistent in his game and was called up to the Cork men’s team for the INDO inter-counties championship in February.

O’Donoghue received a bye into the second round of the singles and he then ran up 2-0 wins over Gavin O’Connor John O’Donovan, Edward Madigan and a 2-0 semifinal win over Alan O’Driscoll and meanwhile his final opponent Michael Schubart was a 2-0 winner over Evan Creagh, James Dwyer and Timmy Noonan in his opening three clash’s and followed with 2-1 quarterfinal win over Jason Milner and a semifinal win by 2-1 over Joe Wyse, however Shubart was unable to continue with his prior performances and scoring as he went down to an inspired O’Donoghue in the subsequent final by 3-0.

A youths singles competition was also held earlier in the day at the Glen Rovers club pavilion with the semifinals resulting as follows: Shane Long defeated Jamie Farrell 3-1 and Callum Coade defeated Jonathan O’Driscoll 3-0 with the resulting final going to Shane Long as he won 3-2 in what was a most entertaining game between two players who will surely be a prominent part of the future here in Cork Darts.

Tonight we have both semifinals and final of the Cork Darts Organisation division three shield to be played at the River Lane on Blarney Street with the action to get underway at 8.30pm with the playing of both semifinals and the final to follow and the following is the line-up: River Lane v Ma Dullea’s and Residence v Tower Bar.

Also tonight in the Premier, first division and second division shields the quarterfinals will be played and the venues and line up’s here are as follows: at the Glenryan Tavern Premier shield, Quinlans 2 v Ma Dulleas and Quinlans 1 v Riverstown Inn.

At Gallows first division shield: Old Reliable v Gallows 2 and Local v Joshua Tree.

At Joshua Tree second division shield: Muskerry Arms v Carrigaline GAA and Cotton Ball v Local with all of the above quarterfinals timed for a 9.15pm start.

The semifinals and finals of the above quarterfinals will be played at the same venues on Monday next April 24.

Frank Goulding.

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