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As it happened: Mark Allen lifts Dafabet Masters title after beating Kyren Wilson in stunning final

"To bring it back to Northern Ireland, that's what I do it for."

By Gareth Hanna

Mark Allen is the 2018 Dafabet Masters champion.

The Antrim man saw off Kyren Wilson 10-7 after a Titanic tussle at the Alexandra Palace.

The result seals Allen's first ever success in one of snooker's three major tournaments; the Triple Crown. With it comes a £200,000 prize and the famous Paul Hunter Trophy.

Allen earned it in style, firing home a break of 72 in the final frame.

"It's surreal," he told BBC Two. "It has been a long time coming. I was never sure that it was going to come to be honest. I knocked on the door for so long and I can finally say I've won a Triple Crown.

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

"Hopefully this is a stepping stone to bigger and better things. Hopefully this is just the first."

Allen went 7-5 ahead before the evening mid-session break care of a 119 break, the largest of the evening. That was the first time a two-frame gap had been opened after a tight start to the match. And it proved the pivotal point.

The gap became three before a fine Wilson break brought the score to 8-6. But an Allen break of 69 in frame 16 put the Northern Irishman within one frame of victory.

Allen had seen off the much-fancied Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-1 in the quarter-final before beating John Higgins 6-3 in the semi-final.

He is the first Northern Irishman to win the Masters since Dennis Taylor beat Alex Higgins in an all NI final in 1987.

Here's the final as it happened:

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