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Michael Meaney goes down fighting at Lakeside

Updated: Monday, 06 Jan 2014 23:01 | Comments

Michael Meaney brought 14th seed Ross Montgomery to a final-set decider at Frimley Green
Michael Meaney brought 14th seed Ross Montgomery to a final-set decider at Frimley Green

Ireland’s Michael Meaney has exited the BDO World Darts Championship after losing out to Scotland’s Ross Montgomery on a 3-2 scoreline in the first round.  

The Kilkenny man, who was making his debut at Lakeside, had already seen off Australia’s Harley Kemp in a preliminary round match to set up the biggest match of his career against the 14th seed.

Fifth seed Darryl Fitton fell at the first-round stage for the fourth time in five years after slumping to a 3-1 loss against Eccles.

Fitton, a semi-finalist in 2005 and 2009, has struggled at the Essex venue in recent years, and started off slowly on Monday night, missing several chances to allow Eccles to take the first set.

While Fitton levelled proceedings, his failure to hit crucial doubles was to prove costly as his opponent booked his place in the second round.

"I never give up and I always thought I was still going to win the game," Fitton told BBC Sport.

"It's one of those things. I keep saying the same things - that it will be better next year - but I'm getting a bit sick of getting beaten now. I'm disappointed now, but I'll be all right."

Eccles, who will take on Wesley Harms next, said: "It's about hitting doubles at the right time. It's the first time I've had a bit of luck on the Lakeside stage. I hope it continues."

Belgium's Geert De Vos came through 3-1 against Madars Razma of Latvia, sixth seed Jan Dekker eased past fellow Dutchman Benito Van De Pas 3-0, while Dave Prins and Paul Hogan won their preliminary-round ties.

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