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Northern Ireland champion Jordan Brown misses chance to follow in Allen's footsteps after European Championship final defeat

Northern Ireland snooker player Jordan Brown has missed out on the chance to win a two-year professional ticket, losing out in the European Champion final in Sofia.

Brown was attempting to follow in the footsteps of fellow Antrim man and current Dafabet Masters champion Mark Allen by winning the EBSA's headline tournament, but was beaten 7-2 by Harvey Chandler.

Englishman Chandler rocketed into a 5-0 lead in the morning session of Friday's final but Brown won the final frame before lunch, sparking some hope of an unlikely come-back in the best-of-13 decider.

Another win after the break brought the tie to 5-2 but Chandler held his nerve to see out victory.

The European Championship is a massive tournament with nine games leading up to the final. Brown won all nine, dropping only two frames in his opening five matches and also achieved the joint-highest break of the tournament; a 134 that was one of his four centuries in Sofia.

Brown is the current Northern Ireland champion and practises at Allen's home club, the 147 Club in Antrim.

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