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Allen’s dream to secure Northern Ireland Open title dashed by Ursenbacher

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Mark Allen reels out of the Northern Ireland Open
Mark Allen reels out of the Northern Ireland Open

Belfast native, Mark Allen’s dream to secure the Northern Ireland Open title is in tatters again.

The 33 year-old breezed through the first round beating Sam Cragie 4-1 on Tuesday. Yesterday, he whitewashed Scott Donaldson with a 4-0 win in the third round and then went head to head with 23 year-old Swiss youngster Alexander Ursenbacher.

This match proved to be a lot trickier for “The Pistol” as Ursenbacher he managed breaks of 62 and 64 to take the opening two frames. Allen was not deterred and responded emphatically with a break of 101 to make it 2-1 before taking the fourth frame to level matters.

The young Swiss player showed great resilience, producing a break of 72 to get his nose in front once more. Allen’s excellent break of 103 made it 3-3 but Ursenbacher held his nerve to take the decisive seventh frame.

Allen told the media last night “I don’t have many complaints”,

“I battled back to get back 2-2 and then missed the red in the middle and he made a very good break off that. I made it 3-3 but I never really got a chance in the last.

“It’s the best I’ve felt playing here – I’ve just been beaten by someone who was playing very well.”

Alexander Ursenbacher booked his place in quarter and will play Joe Perry today, who beat Robbie Williams 4-1 to bag his spot.

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