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NI teen loses in Countdown final


County Down teenager Eoin Monaghan has lost out in the final of TV quiz Countdown.

The 14-year-old from Banbridge, who attends Abbey Grammar School in Newry, made it to the very end of the Channel 4 show, after beating off stiff competition in earlier rounds but he was narrowly defeated in the final.

Despite losing out on the top prize, Countdown host Jeff Stelling labelled Eoin a "boy wonder" after a string of strong performances on the show.

Eoin beat opponent, Daniel Pati, in the semi final, 108-77.

The teenager's average score throughout the show was an impressive 114, and he excelled at both the numbers and letter rounds.

At just 14 he is among the youngest contestants to make it through the show - but he is relatively old compared to some of the other finalists.

The youngest ever Countdown finalist was Allan Saldanha, who made it to the final in 1988 when he was just eight.