Maguire halts Perry fightback to reach last eight

Stephen Maguire. Picture by Monique Limbos

Stephen Maguire. Picture by Monique Limbos

STEPHEN Maguire secured his place in the quarter-finals of The Masters with a 6-4 win over Joe Perry but had to survive a scare late on.

Last season’s Welsh Open champion looked in impressive form during the first half of the encounter which saw him win five of the opening six frames.

Leading 5-1, the Scot seemed to be cruising his way into the last eight but Perry, to his credit, made a fight for it winning the next three frames and at the same time threatening a remarkable comeback victory.

But Maguire put the contest out of Perry’s reach by dominating the tenth frame, scoring the points he needed to finish off the match. 

Incredibly, Perry has played at six Masters events without winning a match – matching John Virgo’s record in the famous competition.

Earlier, breaks of 112 and 80 raced Maguire to a 2-0 lead before Perry claimed the third frame with a run of 78.

Maguire went into the interval with a 3-1 lead before winning the first two frames of the second session to go four frames clear.

Maguire will next face the winner of Wednesday’s opening round clash between Neil Robertson and Mark Allen.

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