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19-Year Old Keane Barry's First Ever World Championship Win Was Pure Drama

19-Year Old Keane Barry's First Ever World Championship Win Was Pure Drama

Considering the sport's popularity in this country, it's a bit strange that there haven't been more top darting talents produced in the Republic of Ireland.

Steve Lennon and Willie O'Connor have been on the tour for a number of years, with both men winning their opening round matches at the World Championships yesterday.

However, Keane Barry is the most exciting talent we have at the moment.

The 19-year old Meath native is one of the brightest young prospects around at the moment, winning two youth world championships and making his name on the tour over the last couple of years.

He has now gotten off the mark at Alexandra Palace.

This was Barry's third appearance at PDC World Championships, exiting at the first round in each of the last two years.

There would be no stopping him this time, with the Irishman producing a dramatic 3-2 win over Royden Lam this afternoon.

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He played the much better darts overall in the first two sets, including a few big check-outs.

However, Lam would roar back with some excellent play of his own to level the game at 2-2.

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Barry managed to power through in the end, but it was the nerviest of finishes.

In the fifth leg of the final set, Lam would have had the darts had he managed to bring it to a deciding game. This resulted in both players losing their nerve somewhat, missing a number of doubles.

In the end, it was Barry that finished the job.

He will now face Jonny Clayton in the second round, with the Welshman currently ranked eighth in the world rankings and recently won the Premier League.

Quite the test, but it will be some experience for the youngster.

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Gary Connaughton
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Beleaguered Westmeath man, constantly trying to recreate the buzz of the 2004 Leinster final replay.

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