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Summary

  1. Mark Allen beats Kyren Wilson 10-7
  2. Northern Irishman wins Masters for first time
  3. Wilson was also appearing in first Masters final

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By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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Thanks and goodbye

Mark Allen wins the Masters with a 10-7 win over Kyren Wilson

And that is the end of this live page.

Thank you so much for all your comments. Hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did.

What a night it has been for Mark Allen. He has achieved a dream of his by winning one of snooker's majors with a 10-7 victory over Kyren Wilson.

Until next time, bye for now.

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Allen beats Wilson in Masters final - read the report

Mark Allen wins the Masters with a 10-7 win over Kyren Wilson

Mark Allen kisses Masters trophy
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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 to parade trophy at Windsor Park?

Mark Allen wins the Masters with a 10-7 win over Kyren Wilson

Masters champion Mark Allen tells Eurosport: "I am so lucky to play the game I love for a living. I miss my family when I am away but this trophy makes it easier. I am not getting carried away, this is hopefully the first title of many. I feel like I am one of the top players and never proved it and this can be the start. I believe in my ability. But I need to be winning these events.

"My dad has put so much in to my game over the years and it is the first time he has seen me win a tournament like this. He is the nicest guy you will meet. My mates were all there. I can hear their voices because they are so distinct. It settles me down to see them, because I played in front of them for years.

"There was a fan zone set up in my home town so it is nice to finally win something for them. We are a tight-knit community. I'd like to parade this trophy around Windsor Park (where Northern Ireland's football team plays) for the green and white army."

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Mark Allen wins the Masters with a 10-7 win over Kyren Wilson

Toby James Ingram: Fantastic final! Mark Allen big congrats, I hope you can win the Crucible next!! Kyran Wilson is a future champion. Mark my words!

David Holcroft‏: Now that is what snooker is all about. A cauldron of emotion. Brilliant.

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WATCH: The winning moment

Mark Allen wins the Masters with a 10-7 win over Kyren Wilson

Here is the winning moment again.

The moment Allen won the 2018 Masters

'Allen is now a Premiership player'

Mark Allen wins the Masters with a 10-7 win over Kyren Wilson

Steve Davis

Six-time UK champion on BBC Two

Truly now Mark Allen is a Premiership player. He played the classier snooker all week, under pressure. He is very liked on the tour.

The crowd warm to him, they know he is genuine. Kyren has played with his heart on his sleeve. It is no crime to lose. He has had a wonderful week and he will be back for more.

'Great entertainment from two great players'

Mark Allen wins the Masters with a 10-7 win over Kyren Wilson

Here is some reaction from the snooker world, with tweets from Ken Doherty, Mike Dunn and Joe Perry.

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'I couldn't be happier for Mark. I'm off to shake his hand'

Mark Allen wins the Masters with a 10-7 win over Kyren Wilson

John Parrott

1991 world champion on BBC Two

I'm thrilled for Mark Allen to win it. He has been a class act for so many years. It is a wonderful feeling and all the hours of practice are all worth it. Kyren Wilson has had a fantastic week and he gave everything.

He was ultimately beaten by the better man. It has been a wonderful competition. It has been great to watch. I am going to go and shake Mark's hand as I couldn't be happier for him.

Mark Allen celebrates with the trophy
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'I have knocked on the door for so long'

Mark Allen wins the Masters with a 10-7 win over Kyren Wilson

Masters champion Mark Allen says: "It is surreal, it has been a long time coming, I was never sure it would come, I have knocked on the door for so long.

"What a competitor Kyren Wilson is, not just a competitor, he is the nicest guy you can meet and he will have many more days like this. I know what it is like to lose a major, I was in that seat for the UK Championship (in 2011), losing to Judd Trump and Kyren will be in finals for years to come.

"I felt calm all week, apart from the first session today, as the match went on I got stronger. I'm just pleased to be on the right end of it for once. Someone told me it is 40 years since Alex Higgins won so to bring it back to Northern Ireland is what I wanted. Hopefully this is a step to bigger things, hopefully there are more triple crown (titles) to come."

Allen also praises World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn and says: "We have not always seen eye to eye, but Bazza is doing a wonderful job of promoting our sport, it has been full here every day. Well done."

'Wilson pays tribute to Allen'

Mark Allen wins the Masters with a 10-7 win over Kyren Wilson

I've had an incredible week. I said to my coach if anyone was going to beat me I would love it to be Mark. He has been knocking on the door. He deserves it.

Kyren Wilson looks dejected
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Mark Allen wins the Masters with a 10-7 win over Kyren Wilson

It is all too much for Kyren Wilson. It was the biggest match of his career and he is in tears.

Kyren Wilson in tears
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'Big moment for Allen'

Mark Allen 10-7 Kyren Wilson

John Virgo

1979 UK Championship winner on BBC Two

No heroics from Mark, as he rolls in a red and made certain of the black. It is a big, big moment in Mark Allen's career. It was 40 years since Alex Higgins won the title and now another Northern Irish player has done it. Spare a thought for Kyren Wilson, but Mark Allen is the Masters champion.

BreakingMARK ALLEN WINS THE 2018 MASTERS

Mark Allen 10-7 Kyren Wilson

A break of 72 gives Mark Allen the title. Kyren Wilson comes to congratulate him. Allen punches the air, he has done it. The biggest win of his career.

The moment Allen won the 2018 Masters

Frame 17: Mark Allen 9-7 Kyren Wilson

And the black. Wilson needs a miracle.

Frame 17: Mark Allen 9-7 Kyren Wilson

And another red. Wilson needs snookers.

Frame 17: Mark Allen 9-7 Kyren Wilson

And the blue. 63-0

Frame 17: Mark Allen 9-7 Kyren Wilson

And there goes another red. 58-0

'Fantastic chance to close out championship'

Frame 17: Mark Allen 9-7 Kyren Wilson

Stephen Hendry

Seven-time world champion on BBC Two

This really is a fantastic chance for Allen to close out the championship. He is looking good. He would love to win it in one visit.

Frame 17: Mark Allen 9-7 Kyren Wilson

The finish line is in sight for Allen.

Frame 17: Mark Allen 9-7 Kyren Wilson

Allen is up to 36. Kyren Wilson sits, waits and hopes for another chance.

Frame 17: Mark Allen 9-7 Kyren Wilson

A red with the rest takes him on to 20, but he is now shooting the black into a blind pocket. He gets his angles spot on, the black vanishes into the middle of the pocket and that is another hurdle Allen has just cleared. 27-0

WATCH: Wilson makes excellent long pot

Frame 17: Mark Allen 9-7 Kyren Wilson

Although he lost that last frame, Wilson still played some good stuff, including this long range pot.

Wilson makes excellent long pot

Frame 17: Mark Allen 9-7 Kyren Wilson

"The chance has arrived," says John Virgo on commentary. Mark Allen has waited his whole professional career for this chance. 9-0. He could become Masters champion in ten minutes' time.

'Missed red was pressure shot'

Frame 17: Mark Allen 9-7 Kyren Wilson

Stephen Hendry

Seven-time world champion on BBC Two

That long red was such a pressure shot for Wilson but once again he hit it very hard. Your percentages go down the harder you hit the balls.

Frame 17: Mark Allen 9-7 Kyren Wilson

Kyren Wilson misses a red and leaves another red into the right middle bag. The beginning of the end?

Frame 17: Mark Allen 9-7 Kyren Wilson

Into frame 17. Is this to be the last frame of the day, the last frame of this year's Masters?

'Point of no return?'

Frame 16: Mark Allen 9-7 Kyren Wilson

John Virgo

1979 UK Championship winner on BBC Two

After a tremendous opening red, the missed brown cost Wilson the frame. Is this the point of no return?

Frame 16: Mark Allen 9-7 Kyren Wilson

World number 66 David Grace on Twitter thinks there are still a "few twists left".

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'Allen needed that'

Frame 16: Mark Allen 9-7 Kyren Wilson

Stephen Hendry

Seven-time world champion on BBC Two

The way Mark Allen took those balls looked like a practice routine. He needed that. He has looked reliable all week when given chances like that.

Allen one frame from the title

Frame 16: Mark Allen 9-7 Kyren Wilson (69-2, Allen 69)

So, so close to the biggest win in Mark Allen's career. He moves one frame from glory with a break of 69 to move 9-7.

Allen's run of form has seen him make runs 73, 119, 50, 49 and 69 in his last six frames. Wilson needs to be faultless from know on.

Frame 16: Mark Allen 8-7 Kyren Wilson

Allen moves past the 50 mark. 56-2

Frame 16: Mark Allen 8-7 Kyren Wilson

Mark Allen moves on to 35. And, worryingly for Kyren Wilson, he's still going. 35-2

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Frame 16: Mark Allen 8-7 Kyren Wilson

David Holcroft‏:If Kyren doesn't win today, you'd have to say he'll win one of the big three within five years.

Gooner Kev: Kyron Wilson has to be one of the best long ball potters in the game at the minute. Throughout the #DafabetMasters he’s been pulling off some terrific long shots.

'Allen needs to regain authority'

Frame 16: Mark Allen 8-7 Kyren Wilson

Stephen Hendry

Seven-time world champion on BBC Two

Mark Allen needs to stop the momentum of his opponent and regain the authority in this match.

Frame 16: Mark Allen 8-7 Kyren Wilson

This has all the signs of being one of those very tight and tense frames. Two reds pocketed by Wilson so far, but, once again, some sloppiness with the rest, to miss an effort for the brown brings Allen out of his seat. But there is a lot of work for him to do.

'You used to knock a player out of their rhythm'

Frame 16: Mark Allen 8-7 Kyren Wilson

John Virgo

1979 UK Championship winner on BBC Two

It was Kyren who looked at Mark and they agreed to re-rack. What happened to the old days when you used to try and knock a player out of their rhythm? Eddie Charlton or Cliff Thorburn - the grinders?

Frame 16: Mark Allen 8-7 Kyren Wilson

And we are under way in Frame 16 (version two). Kyren Wilson has taken the last two and pots the first red of the frame, but then has to play safe.

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Frame 15: Mark Allen 8-7 Kyren Wilson

Rachael: What a final this is, best final for a while. Kyren is sensational.

Surgical Scalpel: Say what you like about snooker, THIS is entertainment.

Akhlaq Hanif‏: Wilson needs an Allen key to tighten the pressure on his opponent in this Masters final.

Kyren Wilson plays a shot
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Frame 15: Mark Allen 8-7 Kyren Wilson

Another false start. Our second re-rack of the final. Frame 16 is no more. Here comes frame 16.2

'Warrior nickname is right for Wilson'

Frame 15: Mark Allen 8-7 Kyren Wilson

Steve Davis

Six-time UK champion on BBC Two

I'm so impressed with Kyren Wilson, he has a load of guts. You can't teach someone when to up the pace and get that buzz - he is playing from the heart. The Warrior nickname is right at the moment. Mark Allen has been made to pay.