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Northern Ireland’s Mark “The Pistol” Allen wins the Masters!

Mark Allen wins the Masters 2018
Mark Allen wins the Masters 2018

Antrim man Mark Allen secured the Paul Hunter trophy and Masters title last night in a thrilling final at Alexandra Palace in London.

His opponent 26 year old Kyren Wilson, also a first-time finalist matched Allen at nearly every step. Allen is the first player from Northern Ireland to win the title in forty years since the much-loved Belfast character Alex “The Hurricane” Higgins. Allen saw off Ronnie O’Sullivan in the quarter final before ending John Higgins’ campaign 6 -3 in the semi’s. Wilson had an astounding route to the final making a remarkable come-back against Judd Trump in the semi-finals, not bad for a youngster whose only ranking was 9th in the Shanghai Masters!

The weight of the occasion was very evident as both players made mistakes from the get go.  Wilson led 4-3 going into the break. Allen went onto lead 7-5 before the next mid session break and finally had a two frame lead in what was a very evenly matched contest. He won the next frame but Wilson fought back to close the gap again to 8 – 6. Allen widened the gap again making a break of 69 before finishing Wilson off in the last frame with a score of 72.

Allen told the BBC “It has been a long time coming. I was never sure that it was going to come to be honest. I knocked on the door for so long and I can finally say I’ve won a Triple Crown.” He also added – “It’s 40 years since Alex Higgins first lifted this trophy so to bring it back to Northern Ireland, that’s what I do it for. Mark showed his love for his home country when he wore his Northern Ireland football jersey in the post match press conference.

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