Cork's Ciaran Teehan announced himself to the darts world with a stunning 3-0 upset victory over Ross Smith in the first round at Alexandra Palace.
The 20-year-old only qualified for the World Championship after a late surge on the development tour and was facing a UK Open quarter-finalist in Smith, who is ranked 49 on the order of merit.
But despite the English man’s big-game experience it was Teehan who stormed into a second-round meeting with Mervyn King.
WINNER!— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) December 15, 2019
What a debut for Ciaran Teehan who whitewashes Ross Smith!
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Teehan, a quarter-finalist in the BDO Masters in October, never looked out of place as he took the opening two sets 3-2 and punished some poor scoring by 30-year-old Smith to take the third 3-1, whilst recording an average of 90.08.
The win, which included five 180s, sets up a meeting with world number 19 King on Friday afternoon.
"I felt like the better player throughout," Teehan told RTÉ Sport.
"After I won the first set I didn't think I was going to lose. It was just a matter of getting over the line.
"If I’m relaxed I can throw the darts I know I am capable of and I felt very relaxed up there. The crowd was brilliant and it was as good as I had expected.
"I’m over here to win. I’ll be back here Friday to beat Mervyn King. I think I’ve a great chance of going very deep in the competition if I can throw my game."
DOLAN WINS IT!— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) December 15, 2019
A whitewash victory for Brendan Dolan who proves to be too much for Nitin Kumar!
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Fermanagh's Brendan Dolan beat Nitin Kumar of India by 3-0 to book a date with two-time world champion Gary Anderson tomorrow evening on a card that contains no fewer than four Irish players.
The History Maker averaged 97.35.
Dolan wrote on Twitter: "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.
"I wish Nitin all the best for the future but now to get ready for Round 2 against Gary Anderson tomorrow."
Steve Lennon, Willie O'Connor and Keane Barry are also in action.
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