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THE O’Donnell’s club on the Whiterock Road proved to be the perfect setting for the prestigious Andy Kearney Pairs.

Preliminary matches were played over two nights with eight pairs going through on each night to contest this week’s showpiece play-offs.

Seven preliminary games got proceedings under way with Arthur Hughes and Ciaran Johnston (Casement), Tommy McCorry and John McConnell (Trinity Celtic), Jim Curley and Ciaran McGuinness (Casey’s), Tony Corr and Sean Patterson (Clonard), Kevin Campbell and Mark Di Lucia (Trinity Celtic) and Aiden Dorothy and Charlie Johnston (Casement) all winning 2-0.

The last game saw Crumlin Star pair Ben Lagan and Peadar McAlorum shade a close 2-1 result.

In the last 32 top marks went to Mc Dermott’s pair Oliver McMahon (Snr and Jnr), Colum McGoran and Damien McStravick (Trinity Celtic) and Jim McStravick and Anto McAllister (O’Donnell’s) who all eased through on 2-0 outcomes.

The last contest saw Shamrock United men Gerard Burns and Paddy McAleese emerge as 2-1 winners over Ronan Heaney and Chailme Burns.

Board two saw Arthur Hughes and Ciaran Johnston of Casement and Ben Lagan and Peadar McAlorum progress to the next round.

There were clear cut wins for Trinity Lodge pair Conor Wylie and Paddy McCorry and Damien Corbett and Richard Mervyn of Hibs.

Board three winners were Billy McDaid and Liam Boyle of St Matthew’s, Ed McCann and Kevin Carmichael of Casey’s Martin O’Neill and Joe McAllister of O’Donnell’s and Gerard McDade (Snr and Jnr) of Hibs.

Gerry McCormick and Tucker Clark of Casement, James and Brendan McStravick of O’Donnell’s, Anto Magee and Alan Murphy of Crumlin Star and Kevin Campbell and Mark Di Lucia of Trinity Celtic progressed on board four.

Trinity Lodge pair Conor Wylie and Paddy McCorry defeated father and son Hibs pairing Gerard McDade (Snr and Jnr) 2-0. Next Ben Lagan and Peadar McAlorum had to pull out all the stops to just shade teammates Anto Magee and Alan Murphy.

Board two saw Trinity Celtic pair Colum McGoran and Damien McStravick get the nod over the St Matthew’s combination of Liam Boyle and Billy McDaid.

Casement’s Ciaran Johnston and Arthur Hughes got home in front of McDermott’s pairing Oliver McMahon (Snr and Jnr).

Board three opened with Trinity Celtic pair Kevin Campbell and Mark Di Lucia beating Casement’s Gerry McCormick and Tucker Clark 2-0.

Gerard Burns and Paddy McAleese of Shamrock United did everything right in scoring a nice 2-0 win over O’Donnell’s pair James and Brendan McStravick.

Board four produced the last two winners on the night and Hibs men Richard Mervyn and Damien Corbett looked sharp in registering a 2-0 success over Jim McStravick and Anto McAllister.

The last pairing to make it through to finals night was the Casey’s double act of Ed McCann and Kevin Carmichael who ousted Martin O’Neill and Joe McAllister. Wednesday night also saw a bumper crowd. Six preliminary games had to be played to bring us down to the last 32.

Progressing were Casement’s Joe Doone and Charlie Press, Sean Fitzpatrick and Kevin Robinson (McDermott’s), Felix Cush and Seamus Martin (Casement), Vinty Lenzi and Ciaran McKay (Casey’s) and Con Kielty and Martin Irwin (St Matthew’s).

The other game saw Gerry McIlduff and Cyril McVeigh of Casey’s just shade Shamrock United pair Henry McTasney and Paul Fitzpatrick.

O’Donnell’s pair Tom and Tucker Kearney were ousted by Casement duet Felix Cush and Seamus Martin.

Adam McDade and Gerard O’Hanlon won 2-0 as did Paul Condon and Eddie Donnelly of Casement.

In a great board final match Trinity Lodge men Michael Bolton and Davy McCusker put in a top notch performance to ease past Martin Irwin and Con Kielty.

The board two winners were O’Donnell’s men Micky McLarnon and Harry Smith, Dougie Bowes and Sean Carmichael of Crumlin Star, Rab Lyttle and Marty Galway of Shamrock United and Jim Fitzpatrick and Tommy Henry of Crumlin Star.

Board three saw Peter McDonnell (Snr and Jnr) of Hibs taking top billing scoring with a great 25-dart success.

John McCann and Gerry Walsh of Trinity Lodge also looked good in their win. Eddie Robb and Martin Lawlor and Tony Kelly and Paddy Brady of Shamrock United also made it through.

Board four saw Martin Crossan and Andy McConnan of Trinity Lodge, Joe Doone and Charlie Press of Casement, Coke McAteer and Davy Duffy of Trinity Celtic and John Doyle and Anto Smyth of Hibs progress.

With 16 pairs remaining and only eight going through to finals night the important draw delivered a number of exciting games.

Board one got the ball rolling with O’Donnell’s pair Eddie Robb and Martin Lawlor making the play-offs by scoring a hard fought 2-1 result over Eddie Donnelly and Paul Condon.

It was the same score in the next game as Hibs father and son partnership of Peter McDonnell (Snr and Jnr) eased past Marty Galway and Rab Lyttle.

Board two kicked off with an all Hibs affair, and with the aid of the maximum (180), coming from Gerard O’Hanlon he progressed along with partner Adam McDade.

Trinity Lodge pair Gerry Walsh and John McCann won 2-0 over Shamrock United’s Paddy Brady and Tony Kelly.

In board three Martin Crossan and partner Andy McConnan produced some great scores to see off Casement’s Felix Cush and Seamus Martin 2-1.

The final game on the board also went the distance with Joe Doone and partner Charlie Press seeing off Crumlin Star duet Jim Fitzpatrick and Tommy Henry.

Micky McLarnon and Harry Smith just about did enough to end the aspirations of Coke McAteer and Davy Duffy.

And in the last game Trinity Celtic pair Michael Bolton and Davy McCusker produced the goods to come out on top against Crumlin Star men Dougie Bowes and Sean Carmichael.