Irishman William O’Connor Through To Next Round Of World Darts Championship

Limerick’s William O’Connor has won his first ever World Championship game.

His bow in the biggest tournament in darts didn’t go to plan last year, losing out to former Champion Steve Beaton, but today’s second attempt went much better.

Matched up against Yordi Meeuwisse of the Netherlands, O’Connor ensured his passage to the second round with a 3-0 win in sets.

He won the first two legs at a canter, but a quality 133 checkout from Meeuwisse kept the set alive, though not for long.

The Dutchman was the one to go 2-1 ahead in the second set, hitting his first 180 in the fourth leg – but O’Connor hit tops to level the set before claiming the deciding leg for a two set lead.

The third set also went to the final leg, and although Meeuwisse had two darts to win the set, it was the Limerick native who won out in style with a 107 checkout.

In all, it was a solid, composed performance, but one that will have to improve as he takes on 26th seed James Wilson in round two,  with the match set to take place on Wednesday evening at 7.15 pm.

O’Connor shocked the world with his win over Michael van Garwen in September, but his year could yet see its peak at Ally Pally.

Brendan Dolan of Enniskillen is also through, seeing off Yuanjun Liu of China in a near whitewash – winning nine of ten legs. A clash against the in-form Joe Cullen awaits the 2011 World Grand Prix finalist.

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