There is a new name on the O'Neills sponsored Drimarone Darts Cup as Dunkineely man Declan Cunningham defeated 19-year-old Jordan Boyce from Newtowncunningham 5-2 in the final of the Drimarone Open Darts Tournament 2016.
The final was of a very high standard with a number of 180s and 140s being recorded by both players. Jordan Boyce, who recently appeared in the televised World Youth Championships and who was fresh from receiving a Donegal Sports Star award on Friday night, was some people's favourite going into the final.
However, it was the more experienced Cunningham who came out on top. Declan raced into a 2-0 lead which was quickly pegged back to 2-2 and many observers thought the momentum had swung in favour of the young challenger. However, Declan had other ideas and some superb scoring and finishing saw him record three straight games to win out on a score of 5-3. He was presented his trophy by Brendan O'Neill of O'Neills Bar (main sponsor).
In the Frankie Greene sponsored Shield last year's defending champion Joseph Furey was defeated by Killybegs man Irwin Muirhead 5-3 in another high quality match. However, Joseph Furey still went home with the honour of the highest check out of the day finishing 160 in his first round match against 2015 Cup champion Kieran Gallagher.
This was the sixth year of the annual tournament. "Another successful and very enjoyable day" was how main organiser Frankie Greene described the tournament in which 72 dart throwers competed, including the youngest ever entrant in 9 year old Alex Hughes.
Frankie thanked all those who helped out on the day, the community who again supported the event and those who sponsored the dart boards - O'Neills Bar, Letterbarrow Construction, Donegal Town Hardware, Donegal Plumbing & Heating, The Shamrock Bar, Dunleavy's Garage, M & N Tiling and Nigel Graham Carpentry.
Greene said: "Roll on 2017 and hope to see everyone back when Declan Cunningham tries to retain his title".