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Mark Allen loses out on UK Championship quarter-final spot

Perry 6 - 4 Allen

Antrim man Joe Allen has been beaten in the last 16 of the UK Championships.

Allen had been the second highest seed left in the tournament after the exits of world number one Mark Selby, Judd Trump, Ding Junhui and John Higgins.

Allen had made history during the tournament, becoming the first man to beat a father and son duo in the same competition when he added a round three win over Peter Lines to the second round success over son Oliver.

However, his run came to an abrupt end on Wednesday evening as world number 22 Joe Perry won 6-4, denying Allen his first UK Championship quarter-final since 2013.

Allen had been hoping to prey on Perry's confidence issues, after almost throwing away a 4-0 lead against Kurt Maflin in the previous round.

He had said: "I'm surprised (about Perry's confidence struggles). Every time I've seen him play he does well and scores heavily but you never know what's going on in the mind. Hopefully I can get those demons to come out a bit."

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