Festive Dolan Continues Irish Darting Fairytale At Ally Pally

Festive Dolan Continues Irish Darting Fairytale At Ally Pally
By Conor McKenna
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Ireland's fairytale PDC World Darts Championship continued today, as Fermanagh's Brendan Dolan advanced to the third round after a 3-1 victory over Edward Foulkes.

Dolan admitted he was not familiar with his Japanese opponent, only getting a chance to see him during his first round win.


Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, he admitted he didn't know a whole lot about his qualifier opponents prior to this afternoon. He also admitted that he was still adapting to a new throwing style he had adopted in recent months.

I knew nothing about him, bar that I had watched the first round and saw how well he had played. His finishing was brilliant against Mike De Decker. His scoring wasn't bad either but I knew that if he'd felt a wee bit comfortable he could be an awesome player.

It made me feel very uneasy up there for my first game. He had already been up there so it made me feel a wee bit uncomfortable...

I'm trying to find a throw that I probably do when I'm practicing and not thinking. I know when I get up on stage I'm a bit more methodical. Especially with my first dart.

I probably think that when I do set myself a place that my shoulder drops and the longer I leave it, the longer it drops. It hits the first darts just below the treble twenty.

Before I get up on stage, I'm smashing in 180's and I don't do it on stage. I never have. So with the help of my step son Antoin, Daryl Gurney, they've said about my timing of my first throw. I honestly believe that I'm still working on it. I haven't got right but I'm working on it...

I haven't got it right yet, but I know it's improved my game over the last three months.

Dolan is one of the games real characters, known as the history maker, following a nine-dart finish at the 2011 World Grand Prix and he sported a festive style shirt for this occasion!



He now faces third seed Gerwyn Price in the third round, which will be played after Christmas.

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