Roscommon Mens and Youths made it a double success over Longford at the Annual Pete Donnellon Cup held in Hannon's Hotel in Roscommon on Sunday. Roscommon's Youth side enjoyed a 7-3 win over Longford Youths while the Senior Mens team had a 7-5 win over their Longford counterparts in the main Pete Donnellon Cup event.
Bad weather since early December meant this was the first time that the Roscommon senior panel had played together this season. But with old and new faces, all combined to take what was a deserved success. Performances ranged from slightly rusty to the brilliant, in what was an entertaining clash played out in front of a decent crowd.
Roscommon got off to a good start with Sean Fleming taking the opening game. After dropping the opening leg Mick Egan – who was captain on the day – recovered well to make it 2-0 with a very steady performance. Longford took the third despite Martin Murphy's best efforts. John Paul Feeney, aided by a 111 checkout, and the outstanding Mick Kilroe gave Roscommon a deserved 4-1 lead. Kilroe sealed his win with two 18-dart legs. Game 6 went Longford's way as Sean Finan struggled to find form. Finan was followed by Paddy Connaughton who was improving as the game went on, but he too was pipped at the post.
Gerry Owens, after a sluggish first leg, finished clinically with a 16-darter in the second to give Roscommon a 5-3 lead. An under-par Mark Finneran failed to play to his potential as Longford pulled it back to the minimum again. Wayne Harris took game 9 for Roscommon with a very solid display. Steady scoring was key to his win. David Concannon's performance would have seen him win other games on the day, but his opponent Joe Nevin produced Longford's best performance on the day wrapping up with a 96 finish in a 15-dart leg to make it 6-5 to Roscommon. Patrick Tansey, who was runner-up at the recent A1 Roofing Ltd Singles sealed the win for Roscommon with a 2-1 win over Michael Reilly. Tansey went a leg down but held his nerve well to make up in some way for his A1 defeat. Play continued after the deciding game where Jimmy Reilly was beaten 2-1 in game 13. Tony Thacker, Pat Byrne and Lenny Docherty all secured wins to take a 10-6 over all scoreline for Roscommon.
Although not having ideal preparation Roscommon deserved the win. Next up is the All-Ireland Intercounties in Castlebar next weekend the 5th and 6th of February. Roscommon were beaten quarter-finalists in 2008 and 2009 and will be looking for similiar progress in 2011. Presentation of The Pete Donnellon Cup was then made to Roscommon's captain, Mick Egan.
Roscommon's John Paul Feeney continued his good day to beat Longford's Joe Nevin in the Final of The Donnellon Cup Singles in which 35 players toook part.
The Youths Singles Final between Roscommon Youths Ryan Lynch and Aaron Lynch also went to a decider which eventually went Ryan's way. The Lynchs, both from Ballaghaderreen, scored fairly steady, but finished very well with checkouts of 40 and 80 for Aaron. Youths All Ireland's are on February 12th and 13th in The West County Hotel in Ennis, Co. Clare.
Round 14 of The Roscommon Darts League on Friday night last saw some of the best checkouts seen in the Roscommon Darts League for a long time with 6x100+ checkouts recorded on the night. Paddy Connaughton's checkouts of 161 and 136 in his 3-0 win over Mark Concannon were two of the best of the league so far. Richard Southam's checkout of 140 is 4th highest of the league to date. Wayne Harris added his 3rd 100+ ckeckout of the league with a 127. Thomas Concannon recorded a 120 checkout while Martin Fleming had a 108. David Concannon added 2x180's to his tally.
Roscommon Darts League results, round 14. The Chariot 2 Spell’s 5; Flanagan’s 5 Timmy’s 2; Kate’s 4 McDermott’s 3; Creaton’s v Widow Pat’s was called off. League Table and other news at www.rosdarts.com. Also on Facebook. No league games next Friday night due to All-Irelands on Saturday morning. Round 15 is on Friday, 12th February.