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Antrim's Mark Allen has won the Northern Ireland Open snooker tournament after a night of drama at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.
The twists and turns ended with the home hero clinching victory against John Higgins, 9-8 in a nail-biting final frame decider.
It was an incredible week for the 35-year-old who hit a maximum break 147 in the first round, went on to knock out champion from the past three years Judd Trump and ultimately stage an incredible comeback to take the last three frames and beat all-time great Higgins.
It looked like Allen's name was on the Alex Higgins Trophy - it is now!
As well as £70,000 first prize, he also gets £5k for the highest break.
SENSATIONAL!— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) October 17, 2021
Mark Allen takes NI title, beating John Higgins 9-8 in the most dramatic final frame decider at the Waterfront Hall
Pockets £70k and the Alex Higgins trophy@pistol147 - 147 break, beats champion Trump, then legend Higgins in epic
WORTHY HOME WINNER!#NIOpen pic.twitter.com/yJYGhJ0Jz5
🎥 ABSOLUTE SCENES!— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) October 17, 2021
The Northern Ireland Open Champion 2021 - he’s one of our own, Antrim’s Mark Allen @pistol147 #NIOpen pic.twitter.com/ubGRm2SrJq
🎥 Northern Ireland Open Champion Mark Allen takes title after titanic battle against snooker great John Higgins in front of ecstatic home fans in Belfast. @pistol147 “It’s a dream come true.”👇 pic.twitter.com/NIgLacD9oR— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) October 17, 2021
On Sunday night in Las Vegas - early Monday here - there was glory for Rory, finishing 25 under par:
.@McIlroyRory roars to victory in Vegas— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) October 17, 2021
Sensational stuff from the Holywood hero as he lifts the CJ Cup at The Summit Club
Takes home first prize of $1,755,000 - almost £1.3m
His 20th PGA tour title 👏👏🏆 pic.twitter.com/Y1srZiCxsY
A decent day as well for another of our international sports stars:
World Superbike champion @jonathanrea remains in contention for a new record 7th title in a row. He finished 2nd in the final race in Argentina, cutting @toprak_tr54 lead to 30 points ahead of the final round in Indonesia on November 20/21. @WorldSBK #WSB #ARGWorldSBK pic.twitter.com/LFYGx9eDKj— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) October 17, 2021
And finally, success in ice hockey:
Epic battle, incredible finish and it's an outstanding victory for the Giants. Scott Conway hat-trick and two for Kevin Raine seal first win of the Premier Sports Elite League season - WOW!@covblazehockey 3@BelfastGiants 5#COVvBEL #EIHL #Belfast #Giants— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) October 17, 2021
📸Scott Wiggins pic.twitter.com/SHVvnDZzmT