BY LIAM PORTER
Deele College student Jordan Boyce suffered agonising heartbreak today when he lost out 3-2 to England’s Joshua Richardson in the world final of the BDO Youth Darts competition in the fabled Lakeside Arena in Surrey.
The Fifth year student from Newtowncunningham travelled to England for the live televised final with his dad, Paddy, his mum, Caroline and a team of supporters, who have followed him during his short but successful career.
Jordan, who won the Donegal Open just before Christmas, made a cracking start to the final winning three legs on the bounce to take the first set.
Richardson levelled the game by winning the second set but great darts from Boyce saw the Donegal youngster take a 2-1 lead but once again Richardson fought back to tie the game.
The English youngster won the first leg of the last set before Boyce tied things up again in a nail-biting final, but Richardson won the next two legs to win the last set and clinch the match.
Principal of Deele College, Joe Boyle says that he has been bowled over by Jordan’s success this year and that to compete in the world final in any discipline is an absolutely magnificent achievement.
Speaking ahead of the final Boyle said: “To compete in the world final of any sport is a wonderful achievement and shows a great deal of dedication and commitment. Jordan is such a quiet and unassuming young man and he has have the support of the entire school community. He will return to a hero’s welcome, regardless of the result.”