DARTS: Gallagher the hero as Mailey’s lift Gary English Cup

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Mailey’s claimed the 2016 Gary English Cup an excellent 3-1 victory over The Cosh following a night of high quality darts in front of a large crowd in Mary B’s last Friday.

Dean Gallagher proved the hero for the winners as he upset the odds to defeat Cosh captain Martin McCloskey 2-0 in the final singles game. Had Mailey’s lost that tie, a sudden-death Captains’ play-off would have resulted in Sean Wilson taking on Martin McCloskey to decide the game. However Gallagher had other ideas and ended it with a game to remember in the final.

Maileys had overcame the challenge of George’s in the semi-final by 3-0, the highlight for George’s being Ciaran McNally’s game against Sean Gallagher which went right to the death in the first singles match.

Cosh saw off the Fairview 3-0, the highlight being Fairview captain Terry O’Kane’s game against Martin McCloskey. With shots in both legs, Terry could have taken the tie and given Gerry Doherty a game against Jackie Corcoran.

The organisers paid special thanks to Hugh Doherty and Philip Duune for the facilities on the night and to the family and friends of the Gary English who presented the Cup to the winners.

RESULTS: SEMI-FINAL: COSH 3, FAIRVIEW 0; M. McCloskey 2x140, 3x100 v T. O Kane 3x100; J. Orr & B. McLaughlin 140, 100 v P. Hegarty & D. Adams 133, 125, 121; D. Coyle 100 K. Barr 100 M. Gribbon 140 v A.Donnell 101, P.Curran 140, 100 T.Deehan.

SEMI-FINAL: Maileys 3, Georges 0: S. Gallagher 2x140, 3x100 v C. McNally 140, 2x100; Dean Gallagher 125, 100 J. Clancy 140, 2x100 v J. Dowds 100 J.Given 100; Derek Gallagher 140, 135, 136 out, A.Whoriskey 140 S. Wilson 100 v S.McElhinney 0, J.Ferguson 0, M.Shiels 2x100.

FINAL: Maileys 3, Cosh 1; S. Wilson 138, 2x100 76 out v J. Orr 100, A.Whoriskey 180, 2x100 P.McGrath v K. Barr 100, D. Coyle 2x100, S.Gallagher 123, 2x100 J.Clancy 135, 2x100 Dk Gallagher 125, 100 v B.McLaughlin 125, 105, J. Corcoran, M. Gribbon 140, 134+, 100

Dean Gallagher 2x100 v M. McCloskey 140, 2x100.

WEEK 17 FIXTURES: Brandywell v Oak; Cosh v Fairview; Phoenix v George’s; Mary Bs Vs Maileys; Carraig v Tracey’s

League positions (two games to play): Maileys 185; Cosh 183; Phoenix 157; Tracey’s 130; Mary Bs 129; Carraig 128; Fairview 126; George’s 116; Brandywell 108; Oak 59.