Limerick darts player bows out of World Grand Prix

Limerick's Connie Finnan in action against James Wade in the World Darts Grand Prix in City West on Wednesday night. Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC
Limerick’s Connie Finnan bowed out of the partypoker.com World Grand Prix after a 3-2 loss to two-time champion James Wade at Citywest on Wednesday night.

Limerick’s Connie Finnan bowed out of the partypoker.com World Grand Prix after a 3-2 loss to two-time champion James Wade at Citywest on Wednesday night.

Finnan, who overcame Terry Jenkins on his World Grand Prix debut on Monday, had returned to the Citywest Hotel for his game following a four-hour morning shift working in a factory in Shannon - and took the game’s first set in a decider.

Wade hit back to win the second set 3-1, but Finnan then finished 115 and 102 as he won the third set without reply to move 2-1 up in the game.

Wade, bidding to win an eighth major title, then took out 116 as he won the fourth set 3-1 before proving the more clinical in the decider, which he took by the same scoreline as a 91 finish sealed his last four spot.

However, it’s not the end of the road for the Garryowen man as he’s back in the Citywest on Sunday for the leading domestic honour in the Tom Kirby Memorial Irish Matchplay final against Colin McGarr.