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Mark Allen denies emotional Kyren Wilson to secure maiden Masters triumph

A delighted Mark Allen lifts the trophy (credit: Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Mark Allen became the latest new name on the Masters trophy after an emotional 10-7 victory over Kyren Wilson in the final at Alexandra Palace on Sunday. 

The 31-year-old claimed his first Triple Crown title as he culminated a memorable week with a superb second session display to deny a spirited Wilson and seal the £200,000 top prize.

Allen becomes the first Northern Irishman to win The Masters since Dennis Taylor in 1987 and ends his near two-year wait for a televised tournament win.

"It's surreal," admitted Allen, who had thrashed defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-1 along the way. "It's been a long time coming and I wasn't even sure that it was going to come to be honest.

"What a competitor Kyren is - but not just a competitor - he's the nicest guy you can meet. He'll have many more days like this.

"I know what it feels like to be sitting in that seat after losing a major final, I lost to Judd [Trump] in the UK Championship and it's not a nice feeling but he's going to be in these major finals for a long time.

"I felt calm all week apart from the first session today, I was really on edge but felt as though as the match went on, I got stronger.

"It's 40 years since Alex Higgins first won this trophy, so to bring it back to Northern Ireland, that's what I do it for."

The two players could not be separated after a cagey opening session as they headed into the interval locked level at four apiece.

Allen, though, pulled clear by winning four of the next five frames before holding off a brief revival from the former Shanghai Masters champion to get over the line in style.

An dejected Kyren Wilson looks on (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
"I'm devastated," admitted a tearful Wilson. "I said to my manager and my coach that if anyone was going to beat me, I'd have loved it to be Mark.

"He deserves it, he's been knocking on the door."

It was Wilson who took the opening frame with a break of 65, though Allen swiftly hit back with a 62 break to level up.

A 52 saw Wilson edge back ahead, but Allen clinched back-to-back frames either side of the mid-session interval to go in front for the first time in the match.

Wilson responded brilliantly by firing in successive breaks of 86 and 89 for a 4-3 advantage but a 52 break proved insufficient in the following frame as 'The Pistol' levelled at the close of play in the afternoon.

A lengthy ninth frame went the way of Allen as the two player re-emerged into a boisterous Ally Pally arena, but Wilson hit back immediately with a break of 84 for five apiece.

Allen then found his range and compiled consecutive breaks of 73, 119 and 50 to go clear before a 73 break from 'The Warrior' stopped the rot.

Wilson dug deep again to reduce the deficit to 8-7, but Allen showed no sign of faltering at the finish as he landed breaks of 69 and 71 to secure the Paul Hunter Trophy.


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Mark Allen denies emotional Kyren Wilson to secure maiden Masters triumph

Mark Allen became the latest new name on the Masters trophy after an emotional 10-7 victory over Kyren Wilson in the final at Alexandra Palace on Sunday.

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