IT IS a fairy tale story with more than a hint of David versus Goliath: last weekend, world darts champion Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor went toe-to-toe with a nine-year-old from Limerick – and lost.
At an exhibition match in Newcastle West last Friday young Darragh Shine from Limerick city toppled the 16-time world champion in one leg of darts, sending the watching audience and his father. David, into ecstasy.
David told the Limerick Leader that while Taylor did go easy on his son, Darragh still had to pull off one of the toughest skills in the sport – hitting his doubles to win the game.
“He was delighted. It was unbelievable. In fairness Taylor gave him a great opportunity to win it, he threw a few hands around the middle to let Darragh catch up.
“But Darragh still had to finish on double twelve, and he made it. He only started playing there just before Christmas. Oh my God, it was unbelievable”.
Taylor and fellow darts superstar Dennis ‘The Menace’ Priestly were in Newcastle West for an exhibition hosted at Club Mission on Church Street. The pair each played a scheduled match against local darts players Alan ‘Big Al’ Leahy and David ‘The Silver Fox’ Murphy respectively, and an auction was then held for a member of the audience to take on Taylor, who last month claimed his 16th world championship.
David said that he and his son, who are both huge fans of darts, only decided to go to the exhibition at the last minute when they were offered tickets. Before the night was out, Darragh had not only claimed the first major scalp of his darts career, he also got his very own nickname: Darragh ‘The Sun’ Shine.
David said that he, Darragh’s mother Linda, and his 13-year-old sister Nicole one day hope to see him taking on the greats of the sport again - at the world finals.