Allen left red-faced by scrappy success; SNOOKER.

Maguire said: “In the last two frames I just gifted it to him, I couldn’t have played worse.”

“It was like Stephen Hendry at the end of his career. But what’s pleasing is I’ve managed to come through a tough match and now I’m in the semi-finals.

But Allen was far from pleased as he managed just one half century break all night.

He said: “It was embarrassing out there, I just couldn’t get anything going. I was trying to entertain but that’s as bad as it gets from two professional snooker players, never mind two of the top players.

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“That was a match I’d have lost a couple of years ago so that shows how much character I’ve got these days.”

The Ulsterman won a battling 6-4 quarter-final victory over Englishman Joe Perry at London’s Alexandra Palace.

MARK ALLEN admitted he was embarrassed to reach the Dafabet Masters semi-finals.

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A top break of 55 and a run of 36 in the 10th and deciding frame saw Allen scrape over the winning line to set-up a semi-final against Shaun Murphy, who defeated Scotland’s Stephen Maguire 6-4. I was terrible

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