Judd Trump remains on course for a hat-trick of victories in the Northern Ireland Open after defeating Martin Gould 4-1 to reach the last eight.

After scraping past Luca Brecel earlier in the day, Trump was sluggish at the start of the match but a century in the fourth and break of 76 in the fifth sealed victory and sent him into the quarter finals with wind in his sails.

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Trump complained about the state of the table following his win over Brecel, but he was able to shake off any concerns to topple a player who has been in good form recently.

Gould is full of confidence in his game at the moment, citing a new pair of spectacles as one of the reasons behind his uptick in form, and he opened up with a break of 51.

However, he missed a tough red with the rest and soon found himself in a fiendish snooker. Trump never relinquished control of the frame, eventually forcing another error from Gould to move in front.

The second frame was a tale of missed chances. Trump missed a tough red into the middle, only for Gould to break down with the frame in his grasp. Trump had a chance to take the second but failed to get from black to yellow and Gould rolled in a difficult yellow into the middle to clinch the second frame.

The defending champion edged back in front when taking the third frame in hard-fought fashion. Gould looked in the driving seat after knocking in a break of 54, but he failed to turn it into a winning contribution and Trump stepped in. He had a black along the top rail to seal the frame, but he left the ball in the jaws and Gould potted it to force the re-spot.

Fortune favoured Trump as he left the white in the jaws of a pocket, forcing Gould to play a swerve in order to hit the black. He did make contact, but left it on for his opponent to take the frame.

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World number one Trump stepped up a gear in the fourth - winning the frame with a single visit courtesy of an excellent 103 break.

Gould went for broke in the fifth frame when attempting a long red. Failure allowed Trump to step in and he made no mistake with a match-winning break of 76.

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