Ship and Mitre B pushed Gateway very close in the Five a Side cup but would ultimately fall short as they lost 3-2.
Steve Dobby was first up and a couple of darts that missed the board ended up costing him, which was a shame because he was scoring quite well at the time. It left Mark Brooks able to take out 56 clinically in three darts as he took out a 27 dart leg.
It seemed as though the writing would be on the wall for Mitre, but Mike Coates, back after relocating to Birmingham, won what was a close encounter against Brian McDonnell. He was able to go out on D17.
But Mitre couldn’t close the game out as Ged Lofthouse was up next against Mick Brooks. Brooks was on a 12 darter after a 140 and a 180, but a maximum from Lofthouse put the pressure on, but the Gateway man was able to checkout, leaving himself D4.
It all came down to Peter Mylchreest, who was up against Steve Magee. But Mylchreest wasn’t scoring heavily enough and Magee’s three scores of 100 was enough to get him and Gateway over the line. He was able to checkout D16 with the first dart after scoring 54 to set him up.
In the end, it was Gateway who advanced to finals night of the Five a Side after they beat Claremont 3-0 in the final. The Anfield pub themselves managed to see off Ship and Mitre A B.
Finas night for the Five A Side cup will be on June 5.