ALLEN INTO SEMI-FI­NAL

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - OFFERS - BY NEIL GOULDING

MARK Allen re­mained on course for a maiden UK Cham­pi­onship crown with an im­pres­sive win.

The Pis­tol fired his way into the semi-fi­nals of the game’s se­cond big­gest rank­ing event by bat­ter­ing best mate Stephen Maguire 6-1 last night at York’s Bar­bican Cen­tre.

Masters cham­pion Allen be­came just the 11th player to reach 400 ca­reer cen­tury breaks dur­ing the one-sided drub­bing.

North­ern Ire­land’s top pot­ter pock­eted best breaks of 53 and 122 to send Maguire pack­ing.

Vic­tory would book Allen a place in his first UK fi­nal since his painful 2011 de­feat to Judd Trump.

Now Antrim ace Allen clashes with 2015 world cham­pion Stu­art Bing­ham tonight af­ter the Es­sex cue­man eased past Masters fi­nal­ist Kyren Wil­son 6-1.

Bing­ham missed the fi­nal yel­low for a mem­o­rable max­i­mum 147 break, which would have yielded a £20,000 bonus, dur­ing a fine win.

De­fend­ing UK cham­pion Ron­nie O’sul­li­van will take on Tom Ford this af­ter­noon for a place in his eighth fi­nal.

The Rocket fired him­self into the semi-fi­nals with a 6-1 de­mo­li­tion of sur­prise-pack­age Martin O’don­nell.

Le­ices­ter pot­ter Ford booked a place in his first Triple Crown semi-fi­nal by beat­ing Joe Perry 6-2.

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