Masters 2018: Mark Allen beats Kyren Wilson 10-7 in final to take title
Mark Allen beat Kyren Wilson 10-7 to become the first Northern Irishman to win the Masters since Dennis Taylor in 1987.
The final at the Alexandra Palace was a tight affair until the 11th frame, when Allen, 31, made a 73 break to move 6-5 ahead before adding 119 in the next.
Englishman Wilson, the world number 14, went another frame behind before rallying to pull it back to 8-7.
Allen responded with breaks of 69 and 71 to take the 200,000 first prize.
Allen, with three ranking titles to his name, was the outstanding favourite for this final - he even intimated that after his impressive semi-final victory over John Higgins.
However, the last time the pair met in one of snooker's majors - at the 2016 World Championship - the Antrim player was beaten 13-9.
Wilson had got to this stage with wins over Barry Hawkins, Mark Williams and lastly, and most impressively, Judd Trump.
He only entered the top 16 after a 2015-16 season during which he won his only ranking title to date - the Shanghai Masters.
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