It's Irish Monday at the PDC W...


It's Irish Monday at the PDC World Darts Championship

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There's plenty of home interest at the PDC World Darts Championship later today, with all four matches involving Irish players.

Brendan Dolan is in action against two-time former champion Gary Anderson in the second round from around 10 pm tonight.

The Fermanagh man saw off India's Nitin Kumar 3-0 yesterday at Alexandra Palace.

Before that 17-year-old Meath star Keane Barry, Limerick's William O'Connor, and Steve Lennon from Carlow make their first-round bows.

Barry takes on veteran Dutch star Vincent Van der Voort - who is regarded as one of the fastest players in the game.

Brendan Dolan during the William Hill World Darts Championship

As Barry himself pointed out this week, he was six months old when Van der Voort was making his debut at the Lakeside in the World Championship.

The teenager is set to become the youngest Irish player ever at the tournament, and third-youngest ever generally.

Lennon is the first Irish player to take to the oche this evening at around ten past seven, as he plays England's Callan Rydz.

Rydz is a tournament debutant, while Lennon was one half of the Republic of Ireland team that reached the final of the World Cup of Darts.

Limerick's Willie O'Connor was his playing partner - the Treaty man takes on Finland's world number 119 Marko Kantele tonight.

Last night, Japan's Mikuru Suzuki came agonisingly close to making history at Ally Pally.

The 37-year-old women's world champion suffered a 3-2 defeat against James Richardson, as she looked to become the first woman to ever win a match at darts' showpiece tournament.

There was a big shock last night as Michael Smith became the latest high-profile player to crash out of the P-D-C World Darts Championship.

Last year's runner-up was beaten 3-1 in the second round by world number 69 Luke Woodhouse.

Raymond van Barneveld exited his final PDC World Championship at the hands of Darin Young, in what was a shock 3-1 result.

Tyrone man Mickey Mansell faces Seigo Asada on Wednesday, while the Irish player into action is the highest-ranked of the eight; Derry's Daryl Gurney, who begins on December 21st  against either Justin Pipe or Benjamin Pratnemer.

See the full schedule for the PDC World Darts Championship here.

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