Thursday, February 28, 2019

By Harry Shorthose

THERE was heartbreak for Carlow’s Steve Lennon as he succumbed to a 7-5 defeat to Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright on Thursday at the Dublin leg of the darts Premier League at the 3Arena.

Steve had been written off by the pundits before the match, but he raced into a 3-0 lead before hitting the wrong number segment in the fourth leg which would have seen him go four up and have the darts in the fifth leg. At 6-5, he missed crucial darts which would have seen him secure a draw.

“I started overthinking these missed opportunities and I think that was my downfall. It’s all down to experience and time though, I do have a tendency to overthink situations which I’m still learning to overcome. I think it’s just lack of experience of being in a situation such as that on stage,” said Steve.

Carlow town darts player Steve Lennon

Lennon was given a huge ovation by the home crowd at the start of the game.

“I was very happy with how I coped with the pressure at the beginning of the game. A lot can be learned from it and improved on and I think it will help my game going forward.

“It was absolutely incredible [to play in front of a big crowd like that]. I couldn’t believe the sensational support I got and I’m so happy to have been able to play on stage in front of Irish fans,” said Steve.

Steve had been drafted into the Premier League for the Dublin leg as a replacement for the injured Gary Anderson.

“It was a tremendous opportunity. I really want to thank the PDC for giving me the chance to perform in the Premier League, I think this contenders idea has helped young players like myself get the chance to play on a big stage like the 3Arena which is a really great learning experience,” he said.

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