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Dillon takes top spot in Cavan League

Joe Dillon was top dog as the Cavan Winter League concluded yesterday in Kingscourt.

The former Cavan footballer came through a tough tiebreaker against Cormac McMahon in the semi-final before turning on the style to defeat Galway's Pat Conway in the Matthews Bar Division 1 final.

Conway had a straight games win over Monaghan's James Gavaghan in his semi-final on Sunday morning.

There are two still standing in the Flightcase Ireland-sponsored Division 2. Gary Byrne had a superb victory over Raymond Cunningham while Mickey Duffy saw off Eddie Halligan; both men won in straight games and will clash in the final tomorrow night.

In the Competition Countdown Division 3, meanwhile, Vincent Mulvey's persistence paid off. He has had some close shaves in recent years but was a deserving winner over Sean Óg Gargan in the final on a 21-16, 21-13 scoreline.

Mulvey saw off Conor McMahon in the semi-final, with Gargan edging Ryan Brennan in a tiebreaker.

Overall, the league was a massive success, with 34 players and a large number of former players returning to competitive action. The organisers were Eddie Halligan and Michael Smith, who put in massive work to ensure dozens of matches were run off in a timely manner.

Next up is the county championships, which take place on the weekend of December 16-18, followed by the Kingscourt Shoot-Out on January 7-8, which has already attracted a 64-strong field.

Click here for more information on Flightcase Ireland. Click here for more information on Competition Countdown.

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