Snooker news - Mark Allen holds off Shaun Murphy charge to win Scottish Open title
Mark Allen held off a Shaun Murphy recovery to win the final three frames for a 9-7 victory in the Scottish Open final in Glasgow.
Allen produced breaks of 66 and 134 to move 8-7 clear from 7-6 behind before a massive fluke on the pink helped the Masters and International champion produce the winning thrust 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.
Resuming 5-3 clear from the afternoon session, Allen - who lost 10-6 to Ronnie O'Sullivan in the UK Championship final a week ago - won the ninth frame to move three clear at 6-3 before he was forced to sit and suffer as he failed to pot a ball in the next three frames with a dominant Murphy hitting 50 and 115 on his way to edging one ahead.
He seemed set to forced a final-frame decider in the 16th frame, but a miscue on the black leading 29-0 was pivotal in allowing Allen to return to the table for his decisive contributions.
First session report: Mark Allen moves two frames clear of Shaun Muprhy
Mark Allen opened up a 5-3 lead over Shaun Murphy after the first session of the Scottish Open final in Glasgow.
2005 world champion Murphy led 3-2 at the Emirates Arena, but watched as Allen produced knocks of 82, 64 and 70 to win the last three frames of the afternoon session.
Allen - who lost 10-6 to Ronnie O'Sullivan in the UK Championship final a week ago - needs four more frames to claim the Stephen Hendry trophy and a £70,000 cheque on Sunday evening.
Masters champion Allen opened the last final of the year with a break of 110 only for Murphy to restore parity at 1-1 with a timely 53.
But eighth seed Murphy returned the favour in the fourth frame after Allen seemed set to pinch another frame only to miss the final brown.
A relieved Murphy mopped up to ensure his earlier 56 break was not in vain.
They play to a finish from 7pm.