Mark Allen was forced into a final-frame decider against 15-year-old rising star Iulian Boiko before overcoming the Ukrainian 4-3 to reach the last-32 of the Gibraltar Open - but only after a big helping hand from the snooker gods.
Boiko raced into a 2-0 lead with two scrappy frames before Allen clawed one back. The teenager was not to be flustered though as he bounced back by snatching the fourth.
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With Allen 3-1 down to the world number 119, he rattled off two frames in a row with a stunning 126 century which he followed up with a swift sixth frame, taking it 61-22 after Boiko missed a straightforward red.
And the 35-year-old Irishman could breathe a sigh of relief in the final-frame decider. Boiko missed the black to force it to a re-spot and Allen remarkably fluked it in to seal the victory.
Friday, March 5
- Iulian Boiko 3-4 Mark Allen
- Aaron Hill 2-4 Jamie Clarke
- Shaun Murphy 4-1 Luca Brecel
- Pang Junxu 4-2 Anthony McGill
- Lei Peifan v Dylan Emery
- David Gilbert 4-3 Jimmy Robertson
- Lu Ning 4-0 Jamie O'Neill
- Rod Lawler 3-4 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
- Liang Wenbo v Robert Milkins
- Mark Williams v Soheil Vahedi
- Oliver Lines v Fraser Patrick
- Ben Woollaston v Ali Carter
- Jimmy White v Stuart Bingham
- Elliot Slessor v Martin Gould
- Alan McManus v Zhao Jianbo
- Xiao Guodong v Jamie Wilson
- Alexander Ursenbacher v Mitchell Mann
- Joe Perry v Ricky Walden
- Kyren Wilson v Matthew Selt
- Chris Wakelin v Mark Selby
HOW TO WATCH THE EVENT
The 2021 Gibraltar Open is live on Eurosport.
You can watch it on eurosport.co.uk and the Eurosport app.
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