Fermanagh Man Continues Worlds Fairytale As Death Bell Tolls For Big Ben!!!
When the first dart of the 2019 PDC World Darts Championship was thrown by Jeffrey de Zwaan, a fortnight ago, optimism that somebody from this part of the world could go deep into the flagship tournament, was high, for a change.
Daryl Gurney’s mesmeric rise to the top of the tungsten table over the past two years, had seen Superchin priced up amongst the favourites to pick up the Sid Waddell trophy. A kick in the stones, then, his earlier than anticipated exit to Jamie Lewis, on the Saturday afternoon before Christmas.
At that stage, not many had taken notice of Brendan Dolan’s march to the third round, but twenty-four hours after Gurney’s demise, the Belcoo man’s clinical overthrow of Mervyn King, left Irish darts fans with a post-holiday interest.
Well, what may have been an interest, could easily develop into a full on bandwagon, after The History Maker bulldozed a bumbling Benito van de Pas to set up a Quarter-Final tie with Nathan Aspinall today.
The Erne man’s consistency and an unnerving ability to stay, well, unnerved, has underscored not only this year’s Championship run, but his career in general. He just plods along, not letting too much bother him. The only hint of life, the great lasoo finger celebration when he hits a 180.
We got treated to it on just the four occasions this afternoon. Hardly scintillating in a five set victory, but scintillating isn’t really on Brendan’s remit. And in truth, he never really had to be.
He picked up the first three sets without really breaking sweat, his Dutch counterpart managing a dismal average at that stage just shy of 84. Indeed, when Dolan checked out a magnificent 107 to take the third set, it was the eleventh leg on the spin he had been first to face a double.
Van de Pas ignited in the fourth, and showed a bit of bottle in landing a double 14 to take the final leg of the set, with Dolan sitting menacingly on 73.
And despite a bit of a wobble from the Ulsterman in the fifth set, where van de Pas broke his throw, Dolan sucker punched the World Number 30 right back, with a break of his own.
Throwing for the match in the next leg, it wasn’t exactly pretty, but a double 4 eventually put the 45 year-old through.
Uppa fuckin’ Dolan!!!