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Dream debut for Cork 20-year-old as Teehan stuns Smith at Ally Pally

The Irish youngster made his World Darts Championship bow one to remember, while Fermanagh’s Brendan Dolan also prevailed.

Updated Dec 15th 2019, 9:30 PM

william-hill-world-championship-day-three-alexandra-palace Ciaran Teehan celebrates winning. Source: Steven Paston

CORK’S CIARAN TEEHAN has well and truly announced himself on the world darts stage with a stunning first-round win at the William Hill World Championship.

It was a dream debut for 20-year-old Teehan at Alexandra Palace, London, as he blew England’s Ross Smith away on straight sets [3-0].

Teehan qualified for the prestigious tournament after a late surge on the PDC’s development tour, though he’ll grow in confidence after his stunning opening win.

Smith is a UK Open quarter-finalist with plenty of big-game experience, and was ranked 49th on the order of merit coming into the tournament.

But it was Teehan who showed nerves of steel to prevail, and he now faces England’s Mervyn King in the second round on Friday.

Immediately afterwards, Fermanagh’s Brendan Dolan beat Nitin Kumar of India.

The History Maker averaged 97.35 in his 3-0 win, and now faces two-time world champion Gary Anderson tomorrow evening.

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“I thought Nitin played really well but thankfully I kept my composure at the right times to hit the important doubles and get what looks like a comfortable victory,” he tweeted.

“I wish Nitin all the best for the future — but now to get ready for Round 2 against Gary Anderson tomorrow.”

Irish quartet Dolan, Steve Lennon, Willie O’Connor and Keane Barry all take to the Ally Pally tomorrow.

- Updated to include details of Brendan Dolan’s win.

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