There was no fairy tale ending for Beau Greaves when her teenage dreams were stolen by the magpie of darts.
The 18-year-old from Doncaster finished with distinction despite losing 3-0 in her first appearance to William O’Connor at the PDC World Darts Championship.
The WDF Women’s World Champion missed darts to win the opening two sets and that came back to haunt her as she was KO’d by One Direction in front of singers Lewis Capaldi and Niall Horan.
She said: “It hurts, I might sound a little discouraged but I’m actually happy with it.
“It’s frustrating that I missed those arrows, they weren’t even close, they were miles away. That’s what you get for playing the top standard men’s game.
“Fair play for him, he was nice, he made me feel welcome, I wish him all the best for the tournament.
“It’s one of those things that you have to get used to. Until you play it, the board is different, you don’t feel relaxed.
“I lost and I will continue. Now I’ve done it once, if I come back here it won’t be that bad.
“I’m devastated – those arrows. I’ve been doing these registers all year and I lacked that skill and composure.
“I’m only 18. Hopefully I’ll come out of it and start the new year fresh.”
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As expected, Status Quo’s “Rockin’ All Over The World” anthem got the crowd pumping at the Palm Court Arena as they welcomed the world’s greatest darts player.
O’Connor, on the other hand, was booed when he came on stage with a Limerick flag.
The Irishman – old enough to be his opponent’s father – tried to play the board, not the opponent, ignoring the hoots and whistles and circus around Greaves, but that was easier said than done.
Greaves, winner of 23 tournaments this calendar year, won the first leg thanks to a Shanghai 120 checkout and that would have calmed her nerves.
The first set went into a fifth leg when O’Connor missed several match darts, but Greaves missed her chance to take an early lead by falling just below the double 16 bed.
O’Connor was relieved as he won the opening set with double five and shook hands with the fans.
Proposed by a punter, Greaves hit 122 in the first leg of the second set and punched her Irish rival.
But she regretted the arrow, which fell just short of Bull on a 161 checkout in the third leg.
If she could have done that, it would have been the second set and an even game.
Showing all his experience, O’Connor, 36, came back from 2-0 to double his set lead and slapped his chest in response.
The Magpie won the next three legs, the first thanks to a 107, and now meets Germany’s Gabriel Clemens.
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