Stephen Maguire completed a 6-0 drubbing of Mark Allen in what the former described as an unbelievable performance. Maguire secured a place in the finals of the UK championship in flying colours after dealing such devastating blow to Allen.
With that win, Maguire is poised to take on Ding Junhui in a best-of-19 frame final. Both players will slug it out for the UK Championship trophy as well as a cash prize of £200,000.
The 38-year-old didn’t need a lot of time to dispatch his opponent. In fact, what the Glaswegian needed to walk past Allen was as little as 89 minutes. Indeed, it was just a regular day at the office for the 2004 UK Championship winner.
To the utmost dismay of many snooker fans, it was a one-sided affair as opposed to the closely-fought battle many thought it would have been. Armed with breaks of 95, 129, 72, 50 and 100, Maguire recorded a near-flawless display, recording an emphatic win to secure a place in the finals.
The 38-year-old who previously won the title as far back as 2004 looks set to become
only the tenth player to come out tops at the UK championship on multiple occasions, For the Glaswegian, this would be his only other Triple Crown final after the 2007 UK Championship final which he lost to Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Stephen Maguire, who looks set to lock horns with Ding Junhui, is aiming for his sixth ranking title. Putting things in perspective, this would be his first ranking title since he last did at the 2013 Welsh Open.
The Scottish professional has already won two invitation events this term, partnering fellow Scot, John Higgins to World Cup glory for his home country as well as defeating the 44-year-old in the final of the Six Red World Championship.
A few weeks back, Maguire sustained an injury in his ankle while on a trip to the World Open in far-away China. The Scot must have feared he would be spending a long time on the sidelines. However, it turned out to be a minor injury.
Although the 38-year-old walks with a little limp, he hasn’t stopped short of putting up impressive performances game after game.