Monday 20 May 2019

Allen holds off Murphy for Scottish Open crown

 

Following the win, Allen said he was targeting the World Championship at Sheffield. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire
Following the win, Allen said he was targeting the World Championship at Sheffield. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Cathal Dennehy

Mark Allen held off a late Shaun Murphy comeback to triumph in the final three frames for a 9-7 victory in the Scottish Open final in Glasgow last night.

The Antrim man produced breaks of 66 and 134, the highest of the match, during last night's session to move 8-7 clear having been 7-6 down at one point.

A massive fluke on the pink then helped the Masters and International champion produce the winning momentum in the penultimate frame of an absorbing contest at the Emirates Arena.

He missed the pink to a middle bag, but looked sheepish as it flew into a baulk pocket.

Not that he was hanging around as he cleared to the pink to pocket the £70,000 winner's prize and the Stephen Hendry Trophy.

He had been criticised for his own behaviour and approach to the tournament before last night's decider, having admitted to having had a couple of drinks during the interval of his semi-final victory over Daniel Wells.

Following the win, Allen said he was targeting the World Championship at Sheffield.

"I know I've got the game (to win the World Championship)," he said. "I feel great. Every time I go to the table now I'm feeling confident."

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