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Irish pair lose out in World Cup of Darts Final

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A bitter end to what was a fantastic week for the Republic of Ireland Darts pair of Limerick’s Willie O’Connor and Carlow’s Steve Lennon saw them reach the World Cup of Darts Final at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

The Irish pair just fell short, however, losing 3-1 to Scotland’s Gary Anderson and Peter Wright in the Final.

The Republic of Ireland caused a major shock on Friday night when they knocked out defending champions England to set up a quarter-final against Austria, which they won earlier this afternoon.

Lennon and O’Connor would continue to upset the odds in the semi-finals by beating tournament favourites the Netherlands, who were represented by Jermaine Wattimena and three-time world champion Michael van Gerwen.

The Irish duo made a great start to the Final when Steve Lennon beat Gary Anderson in the opening singles game, but the Scots soon found their form and took a 2-1 advantage after Peter Wright beat William O’Connor. The doubles game saw Scotland whitewash Ireland 4-0 which sealed a first World Cup Title for Team Scotland.

The Republic of Ireland was one of the unseeded teams in the tournament and 80/1 underdog. On the side of what was a very tough draw, to begin with, Lennon and O’Connor took out three of the Worlds top seeds in England (1st), Netherlands (4th) and Austria (8th) on their way to the final

A silver medal nonetheless and a great achievement for the Irish duo!

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Ronan Coughlan