Willie O'Connor booked a second-round date with Gerwyn Price with a straight sets win over Finland's Marko Kantele at the World Championship.

The Limerick man averaged 88.23 and was never really pushed by his opponent at Alexandra Palace. 

Despite the scoreline, O'Connor told RTE Sport: "It wasn't great, was it?

"Marko didn't turn up at all, I'll take the win.

"I'm not going to play like that the next night, I'm going to go in there and drive it into him."

O'Connor will meet Price, the second favourite for the tournament, on Thursday evening.

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Earlier, Carlow's Steve Lennon missed two match darts as he lost his first round match.

The Irish thrower had an opportunity to make it through to the second round for the first time, but wired double 18 twice to allow debutant Callan Rydz to clean up and progress on a 3-2 scoreline. 

It was the second year in a row that Lennon lost out in a deciding leg. 

"It's just horrible to be on the receiving end of it," he told RTE Sport. 

"Sometimes you'd rather not get the shot than miss it. It's back on the practice board."

World number 38 Lennon raced into a 1-0 lead, taking the opening set without dropping a leg. However, his 21-year-old opponent hit back with six unanswered legs to move into a 2-1 lead. 

Lennon levelled the match , again on a 3-0 scoreline, and against the throw in the deciding leg was down to a double first but narrowly missed to let Rydz in. 

Meath teenager Keane Barry hit three 180s in his straight sets defeat to the experienced Vincent van der Voort.

Although frustrated with aspects of his performance, Barry said that he would take the positives ahead of his World Junior Championship final on the same stage on Saturday. 

"It was a brilliant atmosphere and to see everyone from home and the crowd was absolutely amazing. 

"It was a dream come through to even be up there on that stage. 

"Inside I'm disappointed, it's gut-wrenching but that's part and parcel of it. He was more clinical at the right times."

Fermanagh's Brendan Dolan was in action in the final match of the night but he never found his stride and fell to a 3-0 defeat to two-time champion Gary Anderson in their second-round tie. 

Dolan, who accounted for Nitin Kumar yesterday, had reached the quarter-final here last year but found himself up against a resurgent Scot, who progressed with a 93.77 average, while restricting the Belcoo man to just one leg from nine.