‘Hungover’ Mark Allen reaches Scottish Open final after stunning comeback

Mark Allen produced a remarkable comeback to reach the Scottish Open final after he looked set certain for a shock defeat.

This year’s Masters champion and International Championship winner came back from 4-0 down and 5-2 behind to deny Welshman and world number 66 Daniel Wells a place in his first major ranking event final.

From 5-2 down knowing that one mistake could cost dear, Allen produced some of the snooker which has seen him enjoy his most successful period of his career. Breaks of 79, 106 and a match-winning clearance of 129 in the deciding frame saw him record a stunning comeback win.

It means Allen is through to his second successive major ranking final after losing the UK Championship final to Ronnie O’Sullivan less than a week ago.

Enjoying his best year on the baize, Allen has the chance to end 2018 with a further high moment by winning his third major trophy of the calendar year on Sunday.

Mark Allen. Picture by Monique Limbos

The world number six on Sunday will face either Shaun Murphy or Judd Trump who will battle it out in tonight’s second semi-final in Glasgow.

And Allen admitted after the eleven-frame thriller that a couple of drinks during the interval – when he was 4-0 down – helped him settle down after a poor display at the start of the match.

He also told Eurosport presenter Andy Goldstein that he felt bad after having a few drinks on Friday night.

Allen said: “I had a couple of drinks at the interval and felt better after that.

“I don’t deserve to be in the final the way I’ve treated the tournament this week.”

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