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RYAN HARRINGTON won an all-Essex final against Steve Haggerty to win the third PDC Unicorn Youth Tour event, held at Wigan^s Robin Park Tennis Centre on Saturday.

Harrington, the son of former world number one, claimed his first professional title with the 4-2 win, as well as taking the £600 first prize as he followed up his run to the semi-finals of the second event a fortnight ago by going all the way in Wigan.

He dropped only three legs in as many matches early in the competition before overcoming Chris Aubrey 3-2 in the last 16.

Harrington, 20, also defeated Holland^s Pascal van Mourik in five legs in the quarter-finals and was a 4-3 winner in the semi-finals against Paul Barham, a 21-year-old from Basildon in Essex.

Harrington then faced another Essex hopeful, 20-year-old Haggerty, in the final, with both players hailing from the village of Boreham.

Haggerty took the early lead thanks to double 16 but was punished for missed doubles in the next two as Harrington hit double top at the first attempt in successive legs to lead 2-1.

Harrington hit a 180 in the fourth before landing double two for a two-leg lead, although that was cut when Haggerty stepped in after four missed match darts to land double six and stay in the game.

Harrington, though, was first to a finish in the sixth leg, and coolly took out 94 in two darts for a 14-dart leg and victory.

"I^m really happy," said Harrington. "It was hard in the last two games playing two of my best mates but I tried to relax and not focus on that too much - it was a lot harder than playing people I don^t know because you know each other so well.

"It^s very hard but I relaxed and it paid off in the end."

Harrington competed in the PDC^s Qualifying School this year and has also competed in three weekends so far on the PDC ProTour, while his success so far on the PDC Unicorn Youth Tour means he is almost certain to qualify by right for the World Youth Championship later this year.

"It^s been a great experience so far," said Harrington. "Playing the tour events has made me mentally stronger, and I^ve found a good dart that I^m happy with and a good rhythm.

"I hope I can take this success into the ProTour events now. This year I was hoping go get plenty of experience and maybe to break even with my costs - but I^m already up!

"I didn^t expect to be winning so soon because knew it would be hard, and every game is a struggle."

He added: "It^s great that my dad has seen me throw some good darts and win a title. He won a lot of titles in his career but it^s one down, and about 50 titles to go to catch him up!"

Haggerty^s run to the final saw him follow up a quarter-final appearance in the second event a fortnight ago, and included whitewash wins against Dan Elcock and Sam Rickhuss early on and a 4-2 win over David Pallett in the semis.

Barham completed an Essex trio in the semi-finals, having reached the last 16 in Barnsley, while Pallett, a 20-year-old from Newport in Shropshire, overcame Michael van Gerwen in his run to the last four.

Event two winner Shaun Griffiths reached the last 16 before losing to Johnathan Mulley, while Michael Smith, who had hit a nine-dart finish in Barnsley, defeated Under-21 World Champion Arron Monk 3-2 in round one before losing to Marc Evans - the son of Welsh professional Steve.

The fourth PDC Unicorn Youth Tour event will be played in a fortnight at The K2 Centre in Crawley, with entry costing £25 still being taken through the PDC Head Office on 08712 501 180 between office hours until 5pm on Friday March 25.

PDC Unicorn Youth Tour Event Three (Wigan)

First Round
Sam Cankett 3-2 Adam Hunt
Marc Evans 3-1 Luke Humphries
Michael Smith 3-2 Arron Monk
Matt Gallett 3-2 Sean White
Lewis Oliver 3-2 Jack Hill
Jake Jones 3-2 Gilbert van der Meijden
Ryan Iceton 3-0 Chris Pimblett
Josh Jones 3-1 Jake Smith
Steve Haggerty 3-0 Dan Elcock
Sam Rickhuss 3-1 Kirsty Haw
Liam Cooper 3-0 John Brian
Shaun Frowen 3-1 Anthony West
Richard North 3-0 Darren Whittingham
Shane Littler-Atkinson 3-0 Conner Bickerton
Aden Kirk 3-0 Adam Thomas
Lewis Venes 3-2 Adam Smith-Neale
Ash Khayat 3-2 Curtis Bagley
David Pallett 3-0 Chris Millward
Curtis Hammond 3-0 Luke Wathen
James Thompson 3-1 Nathan Booth
Jamie Green 3-1 Robert Higginson
Ryan Hitchens 3-2 Co Stompe Jnr
Matthew Hall 3-0 Jack Forshaw
Joe Cullen 3-2 David Everley
Kurtis Atkins 3-0 James Young
Nick Kenny 3-2 Scott Rollings
Ryan Maher 3-2 Daniel van Mourik
Hermie van Orsouw 3-1 Scott Johnson
Brandon Monk 3-0 Joe Broome
Ryan Herrington 3-2 Jack Tweddell
Matthew Dicken 3-1 Jack Hegarty
Michael van Gerwen 3-0 Lee Whitworth
Curtis Jones 3-0 Mark Stephens
Paul Barham 3-1 Gary Thorne
Jimmy Hendricks 3-0 Daniel Stevens
Rees Hall 3-1 James Welding
Jamie Landon 3-1 Daniel Thorpe
Adam Hart 3-2 Jack Mayman
Gareth Trow 3-0 Lewis Molyneux
Ricky Evans 3-1 Matthew Howard
Brandon Jones 3-2 Carl Draper
Michael Wood 3-1 Kev Kershaw
Johnathan Mulley 3-0 John De Kruijf
Sam Schofield 3-1 Ray Lockington
Lewis McGurn 3-1 Sam Hamilton
Josh McCarthy 3-1 Martin Heneghan
Michael Bushby 3-0 Dean Reynolds
Shaun Griffiths 3-0 Paul Mitchell
Ross Robson 3-1 Adam Major
Andrew Poynter 3-1 Lee Tunstall
Ryan Harrington 3-1 Paul Cooper
Dirk van Duijvenbode 3-1 Damian Smith
Simon Hicks 3-0 David Sargent
Sam Hill 3-1 Dan Dean
Chris Aubrey 3-1 Joe Peake
Tom Murray 3-2 Gavin Howard
Pascal van Mourik 3-0 Dan Read
Greg Falcus 3-0 Jelle Muller
Lee Hodson 3-2 Dean Lockyer
Spencer Murphy 3-2 Brandon Walsh
Scott Taylor 3-0 Ryan Howard
David Coyne 3-0 Tommy Barton
Wouter Vaes 3-1 Connor Durham
David Galaska 3-1 Richard Burgess


Second Round
Marc Evans 3-0 Sam Cankett
Michael Smith 3-0 Matt Gallett
Jake Jones 3-1 Lewis Oliver
Josh Jones 3-1 Ryan Iceton
Steve Haggerty 3-0 Sam Rickhuss
Liam Cooper 3-2 Shaun Frowen
Richard North 3-0 Shane Littler-Atkinson
Lewis Venes 3-0 Aden Kirk
David Pallett 3-1 Ash Khayat
Curtis Hammond 3-1 James Thompson
Jamie Green 3-2 Ryan Hitchens
Joe Cullen 3-2 Matthew Hall
Nick Kenny 3-1 Kurtis Atkins
Ryan Maher 3-1 Hermie van Orsouw
Ryan Herrington 3-1 Brandon Monk
Michael van Gerwen 3-1 Matthew Dicken
Paul Barham 3-0 Curtis Jones
Jimmy Hendricks 3-0 Rees Hall
Jamie Landon 3-0 Adam Hart
Ricky Evans 3-0 Gareth Trow
Michael Wood 3-0 Brandon Jones
Johnathan Mulley 3-0 Sam Schofield
Lewis McGurn 3-2 Josh McCarthy
Shaun Griffiths 3-0 Michael Bushby
Andrew Poynter 3-2 Ross Robson
Ryan Harrington 3-1 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Simon Hicks 3-2 Sam Hill
Chris Aubrey 3-1 Tom Murray
Pascal van Mourik 3-0 Greg Falcus
Lee Hodson 3-2 Spencer Murphy
Scott Taylor 3-0 David Coyne
Wouter Vaes 3-0 David Galaska


Third Round
Marc Evans 3-2 Michael Smith
Jake Jones 3-1 Josh Jones
Steve Haggerty 3-1 Liam Cooper
Richard North 3-1 Lewis Venes
David Pallett 3-1 Curtis Hammond
Jamie Green 3-2 Joe Cullen
Nick Kenny 3-1 Ryan Maher
Michael van Gerwen 3-0 Ryan Herrington
Paul Barham 3-1 Jimmy Hendricks
Ricky Evans 3-1 Jamie Landon
Johnathan Mulley 3-2 Michael Wood
Shaun Griffiths 3-1 Lewis McGurn
Ryan Harrington 3-1 Andrew Poynter
Chris Aubrey 3-1 Simon Hicks
Pascal van Mourik 3-2 Lee Hodson
Wouter Vaes 3-2 Scott Taylor

Fourth Round
Marc Evans 3-1 Jake Jones
Steve Haggerty 3-2 Richard North
David Pallett 3-0 Jamie Green
Michael van Gerwen 3-0 Nick Kenny
Paul Barham 3-0 Ricky Evans
Johnathan Mulley 3-2 Shaun Griffiths
Ryan Harrington 3-2 Chris Aubrey
Pascal van Mourik 3-0 Wouter Vaes
Losers £25


Steve Haggerty 3-1 Marc Evans
David Pallett 3-1 Michael van Gerwen
Paul Barham 3-1 Johnathan Mulley
Ryan Harrington 3-2 Pascal van Mourik
Losers £100


Steve Haggerty 4-2 David Pallett
Ryan Harrington 4-3 Paul Barham
Losers £200


Steve Haggerty 2-4 Ryan Harrington
Winner £600
Runner-Up £400


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