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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