Mark Allen

Pistol Signs Off 2018 With See-Saw Scottish Open Win

Allen Beats Murphy in Super Sunday Battle To Claim Scottish Silverware!!!

On a day when there was plenty of sporting action for us to get our teeth into, the Scottish Open snooker final could have easily been overlooked for events at Alexandra Palace or Anfield.

So what did you miss at The Emirates Arena? Well, quite a lot, now you’ve asked.

Allen clinched the final ranking event of the year in some style a few moments ago after a humdinger of a battle between two of the bestest BFFs on tour.

Former World Champion Murphy, who was looking to put a silver lining to an otherwise forgettable 2018, looked to have stolen the momentum from his Northern Irish chum, winning four frames in a row, to reverse a 6-3 deficit, to a 7-6 lead in the race to nine, this evening.

And perhaps it was the sight of the finishing line that spooked The Magician, after a year of disappointing early exits before making today’s final.

Allen on the other hand has made winning a habit over a fantastic twelve months, that saw him open the year with victory at the Masters. He added the International Championship to the 2018 honours list at the start of November, and has bookended the year with tonight’s come from behind victory.

The Antrim man raced from the blocks, firing a magnificent 110 break in the first frame, early doors this morning. Both men exchanged the first six frames between themselves, before Allen forged two clear before the afternoon interval. 

After a spot of lunch, and maybe even a pint for The Pistol, if sticking true to his self-confessed form of this week, Allen stretched the gap to three as Murphy failed to find consistency when getting opportunity on the baize.

So, unexpected then, his mid-game revival.

Allen didn’t score a single point in frames 10, 11 and 12 as the Harlow man drew level, before edging ahead in a tight thirteenth frame.

But stirred into action the World Number 6 was stirred into action. Having lost the UK Championship Final to Ronnie O’Sullivan last weekend, he wasn’t likely to let this one go lightly.

After pulling level at 7-7, Allen produced the most scintillating frame of the day in frame 15, displaying wonderful shot building to make a breathtaking 134 point clearance in only eight minutes.

And when Murphy stalled on 36 in the sixteenth frame, Allen made no mistake in clearing up again for the win, with a little help from fluking a crucial pink into the baulk pocket.

One major win, a major runner-up and two rankings titles spells a very Happy Christmas for The Pistol. We are pretty sure he’ll enjoy himself!

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