William O’Connor stunned the World with a display of darting excellence en route to powering the Republic of Ireland into Sunday’s World Cup of Darts final in Hamburg.
The Republic of Ireland were eventually defeated in the final 3-1, but after clocking up shock wins over England, Austria and the Netherlands, the duo claimed the hearts of the darting World.
Willie, a Winmau player for over 5 years has often shown glimpses of his deep natural talent, as we saw in his recent debut PDC ranking title win at Players Championship 13.
O’Connor shocked Rob Cross in the second round of the tournament and was threating to break the record PDC televised average. In the end the Irishman had to settle for a magnificent 115 average, as the shell-shocked Rob Cross posted a valiant 109 average.
Willie said, “It’s a dream come true for me to represent the Republic of Ireland in the World Cup of Darts, let alone getting to the final and I’m so privileged to have played with such a fantastic partner in Steve Lennon. It’s a week that we’ll never forget”.
World Cup of Darts Results
Scotland 2-0 Japan
Singles One: Gary Anderson 4-2 Seigo Asada
Singles Two: Peter Wright 4-1 Haruki Muramatsu
Doubles: (Not Needed)
Republic of Ireland 2-1 Netherlands
Singles One: Steve Lennon 3-4 Michael van Gerwen
Singles Two: William O'Connor 4-1 Jermaine Wattimena
Doubles: Republic of Ireland 4-0 Netherlands
Scotland 3-1 Republic of Ireland
Singles One: Gary Anderson 2-4 Steve Lennon
Singles Two: Peter Wright 4-2 William O'Connor
Doubles: Scotland 4-0 Republic of Ireland
Singles Three: Peter Wright 4-1 Steve Lennon
Singles Four: Gary Anderson v William O'Connor (Not Needed)