David Concannon was crowned the overall champion as the curtain came down on the Roscommon Online Darts League last Friday night.
Concannon overcame Martin Fleming 7-5 in a thrilling semi-final which saw Martin hitting the highest checkout of the night (124) and a 15-dart leg. It was David’s consistency which saw him through as he hit ten 140s to Martin’s three and clinched his place in the final.
The other semi-final saw Sean Fleming and Paul Carton go head to head in what was another evenly matched pairing. There was a total of 26 100+ scores over the 11 legs, including six maximums as Sean ran out the 7-4 winner and booked his final berth.
The final, which took place later in the evening, was a high quality affair between two players bang in form.
Sean opened proceedings with a 15-dart leg to take a 1-0 lead before David came back strongly to level matters. Sean reapplied the pressure in the third leg and regained the lead before powering to victory in the fourth and putting daylight between the two at 3-1.
David needed a response in the fifth and he provided it in emphatic fashion, with scores of 100, 121 and 130 sealing a 17-dart leg to narrow Fleming’s lead to the bare minimum.
They were quickly back on level terms following the sixth leg as David hit two 140s to seal an impressive 13-dart leg to reel in his opponent from Ballaghaderreen. David was soon ahead for the first time in the match when he sealed a 17-darter and things started to look ominous for Sean when David continued his dominance in the eighth.
However, the Ballaghaderreen player didn’t go down without a fight and scores of 100 along with a 180 helped him to a very impressive 14-dart leg to tie the game up at 4-4.
The ninth leg saw Concannon regain momentum with two scores of 100 and a 180 leading the Ballinaheglish man to an 18-dart leg to retake the lead at 5-4. David kept the pressure on with a score of 140 at a key time in the tenth leg to see him extend his lead to 6-4.
The eleventh leg witnessed a good response from Fleming as three scores of 90+ helped him reduce Concannon’s lead to 6-5 and he was at it again in the twelfth to tie the match up once more, at 6-6.
Concannon responded to Sean’s charge in the thirteenth with scores of 100 and 134 as he began to dictate the tempo once more. However, power scores for Fleming of 140 and 180 proved enough as he went on to record a 17-dart leg to take a 7-6 lead.
With his back to the wall and only one leg from defeat, Concannon came out fighting again in the fourteenth leg and thanks to some clinical finishing levelled matters once more. 7-7.
The final leg was a very close affair and while Fleming started quickly with a 140, Concannon responded well with steady scores of 83, 100, 85 and 140, to be topped off by a 93 finish under pressure to complete a 15-dart leg and take an 8-7 win.
It was a colossal final which neither man really deserved to lose, but once again David Concannon finds himself top of the Roscommon Darts tree.
The Roscommon Online Darts League saw some wonderful performances over the last few weeks, and, given the current circumstances, proved a very enjoyable way for local players to catch up with one another.
For more information on online darts in the county visit Roscommon Online Darts on Facebook. New players are always welcome.