Fairhill inflict darts champions’ first league defeat in 18 YEARS!
FAIRHILL Bar won’t forget their first Ballymena, Harryville & District League game of 2013 in a hurry!
Starting the new year with a victory was one thing for the Ahoghill side – doing it by inflicting a first Ballymena, Harryville & District Darts League defeat in 18 YEARS on multiple champions Drifters was quite another!
What makes it all the more amazing is that Drifters were 3-0 up in the match and seemingly coasting towards another routine victory, before Fairhill reeled off the next five games in succession to complete a famous victory.
Star performer on an amazing night for Fairhill was George Barr, who hit a 15-dart leg – the best of the week throughout the league.
Other notable legs came from: 16 - Geoff Wylie, Daniel McDonald, Liam Quinn, 17 - Noel Craig, John Elder, Darren Hillis, 18 - Geoff Wylie, Ashley Rainey, Colin Reid, John Robinson, Ryan Gault, 19 - Andy Martin, John Elder, 20 - Ian Rainey, Rodney McAleese, Dean Calderwood, John Elder, Irene Lowry, Steve Hamer, Darren Hillis, 21 - Billy Gay, Derek Campbell, Mike Stubbs, Davy Logan, Billy McDowell, Andy Martin, Colin Reid, Daniel McDonald, Alwyn McCosh, Neil Marshall, Robert Beggs, John Bell, Stevie Trainor.
Robert Beggs (Fountain Arrows) had the week’s best finish with a 120 checkout, followed by: 116 Ryan Gault, 82 - Ashley Rainey, 80 John Robinson (Diamond), 105 - Shane Carlin (Greenhills), 100 - Justin Cushenan, 72 - Neil Marshall & 80 Irene Lowry (Ladysmith Arrows).
Davy Wilson (Diamond), Davy McFall (Drifters), George Barr (Fairhill), Steven Hamer (Social) and Junior Cushenan (Ladysmith Arrows) all hit 180s.
Drifters 3, Fairhill Bar 5: Drifters - Geoff Wylie 2-1, Andy Martin 2-1, John Elder 2-1; Fairhill - Ashley Rainey 2-1, Colin Reid 2-1, John Robinson 2-1, Ryan Gault 2-0, Denis Gault 2-0.
BT/PO Club 5, Ladysmith 3: BT/PO - Glenn Gilmour 2-0, Geoff McIlveen 2-1, Billy Gay 2-0, Derek Campbell 2-0 & Mike Stubbs 2-0; Ladysmith - Noel Craig 2-1, Billy McDowell 2-0 & Ian Reynolds 2-1.
Slemish Tavern 4, Diamond Bar 4: Slemish - Cameron Horner 2-0, Paul Adams 2-0, Joe Kidd 2-0 & Dean Calderwood 2-1; Diamond - Derek Connor 2-1, Lee Fleming 2-00, Barry Kernohan 2-1 & Gareth Lowry 2-0.
Clough Rangers 5, Greenhills Bar 3: Clough - Rab Lynn 2-1, John Elder 2-1, Daniel McDonald 2-0, Alwyn McCosh 2-1 & Roy Gilchrist 2-0; Greenhills - Dean Kerr 2-0, Steven McIlroy 2-1 & Carlin McKendry 2-0.
Ladysmith Arrows 3, Michelin 5: Ladysmith - Justin Cushenan 2-0, Neil Marshall 2-0 & Donna Service 2-1; Michelin - Bobby Carson 2-0, Colin Penny 2-1, Herbie Dunlop 2-0, Davy Armstrong 2-1 & Brian Hanna 2-0.
Fountain Arrows 6, Fountain Bar 2: Arrows - John Riddles 2-01, Sammy Turnbull 2-1, James Kennedy 2-0, Robert Beggs 2-0, Daniel Thompson 2-0 & Joey Douglas 2-1.
Social Staffies 3, Social Club 5: Staffies - Richard Campbell 2-0, Jerome Carson 2-1, John Bell 2-0; Social - Joe Balmer 2-1, Samuel Balmer 2-0, Rodney Thompson 2-0, Martin Hamer 2-0 & Steven Hamer 2-0.
Buffs Club 3, Ballee 5: Buffs - Stevie Trainor 2-0, Matthew Reid 2-1, Paul Henson 2-1; Ballee - John Rankin 2-1, Stefan Armstrong 2-0, Josh McCrory 2-0, Shane Hillis 2-1 & Darren Hillis 2-1.
League action takes a back set this week as a number of cup competitions are completed.
Teams involved in the various competitions are:
Salisbury Cup - Drifters, Fairhill Bar, Clough Rangers & Greenhills Bar,
Salisbury Shield - Diamond Bar, BT/PO Club, Slemish Tavern & Ladysmith
M.S Cup - Social Staffies, Ballee, Fountain Arrows & Michelin.
Duffers Cup - Buffs Club, Social Club, Ladysmith Arrows & Fountain Bar.
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Friday 24 May 2013
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