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Newtownabbey thrower crowned king of Northern Irish darts - but Gurney reminds him who's boss

Newtownabbey man Nigel Cahoon has been crowned the first ever Four Star Pizza NI Darts Champion.

Cahoon, nicknamed Mr Ooosh was up against the cream of amateur darts in Northern Ireland and won a match-up against event host and world number five Daryl Gurney.

Cahoon lifted the inaugural Four Star Pizza trophy at the Titanic Hotel after a convincing 6-1 win in the final over Jonny The Sniper Allen from East Belfast.

Unfortunately for Nigel, Superchin was in no mood to take it easy in the event's final match, giving the winner a taste of his own medicine with a resounding 6-1 victory.

As well as walking away with a very impressive piece of silverware, Cahoon won an overnight break in Dublin with tickets to watch Daryl competing in the World Grand Prix, an official signed playing shirt from Daryl and (making us more jealous than anything) a year’s supply of Four Star Pizza.

A triumphant Nigel said: “I’m absolutely over the moon to lift this wonderful trophy, given the quality of the darts players here. It was a hard slog but I played really well and thankfully got there in the end.

“It was amazing to play a match against Daryl who unfortunately showed me just why he is one of the top darts players in the world. You don’t get to world number five by accident and, against me, he showed that he is true class – as a player and as a man. He’s a legend.

“Given the form he’s in, I think I actually did well to win a leg as Daryl showed everyone the high standards we need to reach to become a professional darts player. Hopefully some of the lads playing here today will go on to do just that."

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Four Star Pizza NI Darts Champion Nigel Cahoon from Newtownabbey in action against World number five Daryl Gurney.

Gurney praised the level of darts on show, indicating a healthy state of amateur darts in NI.

“We’ve had a fantastic day at the first ever Four Star Pizza NI Darts Challenge and I have to say that the quality of darts on show was brilliant throughout," he said. "We have a lot of excellent players here at home and I’m very proud to fly the flag for Northern Ireland on the international darts scene.

“I’d like to congratulate Nigel on winning the competition and also my sponsor Four Star Pizza on organising such a brilliant event. Sponsors are so important in modern day sport to help bring talent through and the Four Star team have been a joy to work with this year,” concluded Daryl.

Four Star Pizza Director Brian Clarke added: “We’ve been proud to support Daryl throughout the 2018 darts season and we know that thousands of our customers in Northern Ireland cheer him on in every match – hopefully tucking into a Four Star Pizza as they watch him on the box.

“We’re delighted at the success of our first darts tournament and to give some of our best local players a great opportunity play against each other – and of course Daryl. Congratulations to Nigel on becoming our first Four Star ‘Superchamp’. It was well deserved and we wish him every success in the future,” added Brian.

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