O'Connor reflects on 'unreal' homecoming at Premier League at Dublin: "Regardless of the result, this is the best night of my life"

William O'Connor may not have defeated the World Number One, Michael van Gerwen on his Premier League debut as he lost out in a 7-4 defeat in Dublin.

Despite that though for O'Connor, the reception he had was enough for him with an exceptional walk-on and he called it the 'best night' of his life and it has also given him the fire to improve further throughout the year.

"That was unreal," reflected O'Connor. "I had a fantastic night - it's a pity the result went the way it did but I played the world number one in my home country.

"Regardless of the result, this is the best night of my life. It was everything that I could have wished for and more.

"It too me a bit to get going at the start - I couldn't have tried harder but maybe the moment got to me more than I was expecting.

"I've been playing better than that and it's an annoyance to me, but I have to learn from tonight and it will definitely hold me in good stead in the future.

"I'm going in the right direction and I can't wait for the rest of the year."

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