The Tower Bar team who were winners of the CDO third division shield on Monday night last at River Lane. Picture: Mark Farrell.
Tonight the Cork Darts Organisation shields will be completed with the playing of the remaining three in Premier, first division and second division being brought to a conclusion.
Last weeks quarterfinals in the Premier division saw 3-0 wins for both Quinlans teams over the Riverstown Inn and Ma Dulleas respectively while in the first division shield the Gallows second squad were 3-0 winners over the Old Reliable and the Joshua Tree went through to a semifinal as they won 3-2 against the Local first team.
Over in the second division shield Carrigaline GAA were 3-2 winners over the Muskerry Arms while Cotton Ball, in this their first season were 3-2 winners over the Local second squad.
Tonight the Glenryan Tavern will stage the Crean and McGarry premier shield with the line-up as follows; Quinlans 1 v Joshua Tree and Quinlans 2 v Groves 1 and in this Premier shield it’s hard to look beyond Quinlans 2 coming through and claiming the Crean and McGarry shield.
The CDO first division shield will feature O’Cionnaighs v Joshua Tree and Gallows 1 v Gallows 2 and this will be the third occasion that both of the Gallows teams have met at a knockout stage of a competition this season having already played against one another in the first division league final earlier in the season and so with my head on the block my hat is tipping the way of the Gallows 2 to be crowned.
Over in the division two shield semifinals the Gallows third squad will face off against the Cotton Ball while the Red Cove Inn who are the CDO cup champions take on Carrigaline GAA and the Red Cove are my bet to add the shield to their cupboard.
Meanwhile at the River Lane Blarney Street on Monday night last both semifinals and final of the CDO third division shield were played and in the semifinals it was the Tower Bar who came through against the Residence on a 3-2 scoreline while the River Lane were 3-2 better than the Local.
The final proved to be somewhat of an anti climax after both semifinals as the Tower Bar took it on a 3-0 scoreline with wins from Stephen Carmody, Frank Leahy and veteran Paul O’Sullivan with the man of the match award going to Frank Leahy.
There will be two preliminary games played tonight in the CDO challenge cup before the first round proper begins and the Fixtures are: Hennessy’s v Joshua Tree 3 and Aunties v Walsh’s Sports Bar.
Sympathy of the Cork Darts Organisation is extended to the Shine family of Hennessy’s and also to the O’Shea family of Quinlans on recent family bereavements.