JORDAN BOYCE IS HEADING for the Lakeside after qualifying for the BDO World Youth Championship final.
The 16-year-old from Newtowncunningham ran three-time BDO World finalist Tony O’Shea close yesterday in a Grand Slam of Darts qualifier in Hull and followed it up with a stunning sequence of results today in Hull.
Picture caption: Jordan Boyce is held aloft by his father, Paddy, and John Murray, after reaching the BDO World Youth Championship final.
Boyce will meet England’s Josh Richardson in the World Youth final in January at the Lakeside after winning six games at City Hall in Hull.
He overcame Brandon Nicholl of Scotland 3-2 in the last 128 and then put Pricilla Steenbergen from the Netherlands to the sword with a 3-1 success.
Boyce, a student at Deele College in Raphoe, showed real character to come from two legs down to win 3-2 against Maikel Verberk, a former European Cup finalist.
Boyce saved the match by taking the third leg and he powered on to take the win.
England’s Callum Graham was taken out 3-1 and Boyce thundered past Graeme Hamilton of Scotland 3-1 to book his spot in the semi-finals.
Standing between Boyce and a place at the famous Lakeside oche in January was Dutchman Job Ten Heuvel.
Boyce wired double 18 and Ten Heuvel took the first leg, but Boyce leveled it and then led 2-1.
After Ten Heuvel drew level to set up a deciding leg, Boyce started as he meant to continue with a 140 at the start of the fifth leg.
With a place in January’s final beckoning, Boyce held his nerve and will now line up at the legendary Lakeside Leisure Complex in Frimley Green, Surrey, in January,
He’ll face Richardson, who dropped just three legs all day and who knocked out