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Willie Borland Says Chants Of English Fans Inspired Him To Famous 9-Darter

Willie Borland Says Chants Of English Fans Inspired Him To Famous 9-Darter

You know Christmas is here because the darts are on. Amid a covid surge, the Ally Pally was its usual boisterous self and unknown Scot from West Lothian named Willie Borland became a household name.

The PDC World Championships got off to a decent start Friday from an Irish perspective with Duleek's Keane Barry holding on to win his first round match and Steve Lennon shocking 'the Polish Eagle' Krzysztof RatajskiΒ .

But the real drama of the day was still to come. Scotland's Willie Borland and England's Bradley Brooks played out an electric Round 1 match that finished in the most remarkable way possible: Willie Borland, the 25-year-old making his world championships debut, threw a 9-darter in the deciding frame to win the match as the partisan crowd chanted 'Scotland Get Battered Everywhere They Go'.

In the aftermath, there were scenes.

Willie Borland 9-darter

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While the conclusion to the game will long be remembered, Brooks displayed incredible guts to force the deciding leg. He was down 2-0 in the fourth set and battled back for the victory. He was down 2-0 in the fifth set and forced a decider, only to be beaten in the most remarkable way.

For his heroics, Borland was awarded a cheque for Β£50,000 and advances to the second round of the competition. He noted an interview afterwards that the chants of English fans gave him that extra bit of mojo.

Bradley had a couple of bad legs and I was just thinking to myself, keep going, keep going and we’ll see what happens and then to hit the nine-darter was just unbelievable, I’m loving it.

Everyone was singing β€˜Scotland get battered everywhere they go’ and that just kind of got me going. Bradley played a brilliant game, we both struggled at times and I feel I just did the right thing at the right time to get over the line.

There hasn't been a 9-dart finisher at the PDC World Championships since 2016. Willie Borland became an instant hero both inside the Alexandra Palace and on social media for his performance.

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We'd learn after the victory that Willie Borland is a dyed-in-the-wool Rangers supporter, but you still couldn't begrudge him that victory.

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

Donny Mahoney
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Donny Mahoney is Chief Sportswriter and one of the founders of Balls.ie

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