Rising darts star Teehan hits the bullseye on his debut at Alexandra Palace

Rising darts star Teehan hits the bullseye on his debut at Alexandra Palace
Ciaran Teehan in action during day three of the William Hill World Championships at Alexandra Palace. Picture: Steven Paston/PA Wire.

CORK native Ciarán Teehan was a resounding winner on the opening weekend of the World Darts Championship after upsetting the odds against Ross Smith.

The 20-year-old from Blarney Street defeated Ross Smith 3-0 to set up a meeting with number 19 ranked Mervyn King next Friday at Alexandra Palace.

"Since I started playing darts eight years ago I always said I wanted to come here, to even be a spectator, but for this to be my first time at the Ally Pally and actually to be playing is unreal," he told Live Darts after. "I can't describe it to be honest. 

Ciaran Teehan celebrates winning. Picture: Steven Paston/PA Wire.
Ciaran Teehan celebrates winning. Picture: Steven Paston/PA Wire.

"The nerves were at the start of the day but as it went on I started relaxing. I've nothing really to lose because I've my tour card guaranteed now so this is really a free shot so hopefully I can go as far as I can."

He hit five 180s across an outstanding display on Sunday afternoon. 

"I want to make an impression and show how good I can be because I feel I can go really far in this tournament. I did play really well there but I can play better, it's just a matter of doing it."

Teehan was a quarter-finalist in the BDO Masters in October, where Cork's John O'Shea landed the title.

Picture: Mark Farrell
Picture: Mark Farrell

Fermanagh's Brendan Dolan beat Nitin Kumar of India by 3-0 to book a date with two-time world champion Gary Anderson.

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