WATCH: Limerick's William O'Connor exits World Championship despite gritty comeback

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WATCH: Limerick's William O'Connor exits World Championship despite gritty comeback

Limerick's William O'Connor, left, lost out to Northern Ireland's Daryl Gurney in the PDC World Championships on Thursday afternoon Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

LIMERICK'S William O'Connor exited the PDC William Hill World Darts Championship on Thursady afternoon after losing out to Daryl Gurney, of Northern Ireland, in London.

Cappamore man O'Connor rallied strongly from losing the opening two sets of the high quality match at the 'Ally Pally' to level the best of five set match at 2-2.

However, world ranked number 11 Gurney prevailed in the deciding set to advance to the third round of the Championships which take place after Christmas.

Thirty four-year-old O'Connor, nicknamed 'The Magpie' had defeated Niels Zonneveld, of the Netherlands, in the opening round on Wednesday to set up his meeting with Gurney.

Gurney looked on course for the performance of the tournament so far with an average well over 100 as he took the opening two sets for the loss of just one leg.

However, a resilient O'Connor, appearing in the World Championships for a fourth time then capitalised on four missed match darts from Gurney to claim the third set.

World ranked number 36 player O'Connor was growing in confidence, and took out a 122 finish on his way to winning set four to take the contest the distance.

However, Gurney turned the tide back in his favour with a break of throw in the first leg of the deciding set, which he wrapped up 3-0 to book his place in round two where he will face Chris Dobey.