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Trump 5-2 O’Sullivan
Northern Ireland Open
Trump: Everyone’s the underdog against O’Sullivan
5 HOURS AGO
Judd clears up everything to the black for a superb 128. He restores his lead to three frames, and the final one of the session is now huge for Ronnie.
Trump 4-2 O’Sullivan (100-0)
A blue with the 14th red takes Trump to 100, and this is the kind of play we expected for this final.
Trump 4-2 O’Sullivan (69-0)
The tenth red takes Trump to 69 and O’Sullivan needs snookers. Can he convert this into a ton?
Trump 4-2 O’Sullivan (38-0)
It’s Judd that gets away first in the seventh, middling a red into the bottom right pocket. There are few better sounds in snooker than that kind of connection between ball and pocket. He’s up to 30 in no time, and then picks out a plant just below the pink to keep things going. A few shots later he glances into the pack to develop more reds and this is a chance to bank the frame, even if O’Sullivan plays on despite requiring five or more snookers.
Trump 4-2 O’Sullivan
O’Sullivan adds 31, which takes him well past the winning post, and he reduces his deficit to two frames. That was a big frame for him; 4-4 would obviously be perfect, but he’d probably take 5-3 down given how he’s played so far today.
Trump 4-1 O’Sullivan (13-40)
Trump gets in and makes just eight, and then goes in-off from his safety after running out of position. The table is really awkward now after a number of missed pots and a smash and bash safety from O’Sullivan reminiscent of his World Championship semi-final with Mark Selby. O’Sullivan gets in though, via floating in a nicely timed red to the bottom left that drops the white into position on the black.
Trump 4-1 O’Sullivan (5-35)
O’Sullivan comes out firing in the sixth frame, quickly amassing 33, before a deep screw shot on a red goes horribly wrong and he chips the white right over the object ball. That’s four to Trump. Ronnie gets the next couple of reds down, but he can’t land on a colour; Judd can only add five himself in response, and this has suddenly gone a bit scrappy.
Trump 4-1 O’Sullivan
What a great shot from Trump, who sinks the brown and moves the blue off the side cushion and into a potting position to the left middle. That soon disappears, as does the pink, and he extends his lead to three frames.
Trump 3-1 O’Sullivan (50-43)
Trump makes 23, but misses the third from last red into the bottom left and sticks it up over the bottom right for Ronnie. It’s a chance to win the frame, but O’Sullivan can’t pot the red and leaves it straight to the left middle for Judd. That could be a crucial miss. Trump clears the remaining reds to go level in the frame and then the black to go ahead. He needs up to and including the blue to win the frame.
Trump 3-1 O’Sullivan (6-43)
This is a magnificent effort from O’Sullivan, who has manufactured 43 from a fiendishly difficult table, but after freeing up the black he misses a green to its own pocket and he’s gifted Trump a chance to counter.
Trump 3-1 O’Sullivan (6-14)
We’re back underway in Milton Keynes, and this fifth frame is a huge one for O’Sullivan. After drawing a foul and potting the opening couple of reds, Trump seems to have control of the table until O’Sullivan strokes in a long red and lands on the pink to the left middle. This is the first scoring chance of the frame, and an awkward one with blue and black currently out of commission.
Trump 3-1 O’Sullivan
Trump fouls again before dispatching the final red. Pink and yellow follow before he misses the green; still we go on. O’Sullivan pots the green, Trump the brown, before O’Sullivan returns to pot the blue and pink. That’s end of frame. Trump won’t mind hanging on for the interval, as he’s the one with the lead. The players will now have a 15 minute break, as will I.
Trump 2-1 O’Sullivan (69-17)
The blue by Trump leaves Ronnie needing snookers. He misses a black off it’s spot, and O’Sullivan will play on as per this week, but there’s only 59 remaining here. He replies with 13, fluking a red as he does so, but he’ll need to take a colour with it and he opts to tuck Trump in behind the pink instead. It draws one foul, but he’s miles behind; these are curious tactics by O’Sullivan this week, but it’s all within the laws.
Trump 2-1 O’Sullivan (54-0)
Rhythmic play from Trump, who’s flowing now. The half-century is in the bank, and there are enough reds loose to sort this frame in one hit.
Trump 2-1 O’Sullivan (26-0)
Trump gets the first chance in the fourth frame, gliding in a red to the bottom right and then picking off a blue to right middle despite the white being tight to the side cushion. He starts putting his break together, and off hte blue that takes him to 26 he forces a lovely split on the pack of reds. The pink goes safe as a result, but black and blue are available.
Trump 2-1 O’Sullivan
Oh my word! O’Sullivan flukes another, missing the green to the bottom left by a mile, watching it go off four cushions and then dropping into the left middle. Extraordinary. He adds the brown, and then a difficult cut on a blue, and he’s on the board in this final.
Trump 2-0 O’Sullivan (41-52)
After fouling when trying to escape a snooker, O’Sullivan then flukes the final red into the green pocket after swerving the white around the blue to catch it! That’s a touch, but he can’t capitalise as he loses position on the green and has to play safe.
Trump 2-0 O’Sullivan (36-46)
Trump clips in a nice red on 32 to keep his break going. He then comes back down the table off the green, but can’t convert the remaining red on the rail which runs safe after spitting out of the bottom right. This is now a massive frame to win, even at this stage of a best of 17.
Trump 2-0 O’Sullivan (0-46)
O’Sullivan pots another long red, and then gets back in for real with a red to the right middle. He can only add 13 though as he misses a red to the bottom left with the rest. In disgust, he slides said rest back under the table with contempt. It’s not an easy table for Trump, with two reds near the bottom cushion, but he’s got a chance to steal this one.
Trump 2-0 O’Sullivan (0-32)
This break is on edge from O’Sullivan, but it’s thrilling to see him cobble it together. He almost goes in-off in the right middle, and later nails a tremendous long blue into the green pocket to keep things going. It comes apart on 32 though, as he misses an off-straight red to the bottom left. In better news for him, he’s not left Trump anything to go at.
Trump 2-0 O’Sullivan (0-8)
This is more like it from O’Sullivan, who rolls a long red near the baulk line deadweight into the bottom right. Can he get going here? It’s early, but this already feels like a big visit in the context of this match.
Trump 2-0 O’Sullivan
Trump pots the second to last red, but misses the black. O’Sullivan, as he has done all week, plays on, even though he needs six snookers to win. He’s more interested in getting his arm going here, and adds 10 before going in-off. Judd plugs the green and misses the brown, yet on we go; O’Sullivan pots the brown, and later pink, blue and black, but it’s Trump’s frame and he’s two frames ahead.
Trump 1-0 O’Sullivan (69-15)
This is tense stuff already. Trump draws a foul from O’Sullivan and then pots a red, but misses another black off its spot. At his next visit though he tags in a long red, and that was frame ball. O’Sullivan comes back to the table 54 behind with 43 on.
Trump 1-0 O’Sullivan (56-15)
It’s a half-century for Trump, who’s settled the quicker of the two players here. The pink and black are tied up here and the remaining reds are awkward, so there’s a lot of work to do yet to mop this frame up in one visit. Trump then leaves a black in the jaws of the bottom left, a really poor miss, and it’s a chance for O’Sullivan. He can only add eight though, leaving a red over the jaws, but Trump fouls on the black when trying to swerve the white to pot it. With no path to the easy red, and no other pot on, O’Sullivan puts Trump back in; that’s really surprising, given that Trump has already had one go at it. It’s a risk, and it backfires; Trump pots the red, and then plays safe to baulk.
Trump 1-0 O’Sullivan (30-0)
Judd leaves Ronnie a tough red along the rail behind the black, which he can only leave hanging in the jaws of the bottom right. That could be costly, and Trump harvests points quickly. A black takes him to 30, off which he stuns into the pack to free up some more reds.
Trump 1-0 O’Sullivan
A poor safety from O’sullivan leaves Trump a jab at a long blue into the yellow pocket. It’s there, and the pink follows to secure the first frame.
Trump 0-0 O’Sullivan (58-55)
O’Sullivan adds 32, but can’t land conveniently on the blue which is near the cushion above the left middle. He plays safe, and it’s now blue and pink require for both players to win this opening frame.
Trump 0-0 O’Sullivan (58-23)
Well now; Trump adds 16 but leaves himself hampered and cueing over the pink on a straight red. A kick to boot means that he rattles the red in the jaws of the bottom right and leaves it there; with 51 left on, can Ronnie pinch this frame?
Trump 0-0 O’Sullivan (42-23)
An attempt at a cross-double by O’Sullivan misses, leaving Trump a red to the yellow pocket which he devours. Trump can only add four though before we’re back on safety play. Another good snooker from Trump draws a further nine points, and Ronnie then leaves him in after his third attempt to escape.
Trump 0-0 O’Sullivan (29-23)
Trump replies with 24, before losing position and having to play safe off the pack. After an exchange of shots Trump then flukes a red when playing back to baulk, before tucking O’Sullivan in behind the brown. That draws four from one attempt o escape, before O’Sullivan clips a red and sends the white safe to the side cushion.
Trump 0-0 O’Sullivan (0-23)
O’Sullivan’s in first, dropping in a mid-range red to the bottom left after Trump leaves the white short of the baulk line. He’s flying already, and is quickly up to 23, but misses a pink high on the knuckle of the right middle. That’s left Trump in, and with a chance to counter.
MC Phil Seymour is introducing the players. O’Sullivan steps out first, before his intro music gets going. He looks keen here. Trump soon follows, and we’re ready to go; let’s get into this.
Ronnie struggled in the first mini session of his semi-final yesterday. He was 3-1 down, missing everything and in a state of perpetual annoyance with his cue tip; when he returned after the interval, he blasted Ali Carter off the table with five breaks of 50 plus to win it 6-3. As for Judd, he’s ticking along nicely. He’s made at least the last four of every tournament so far this season, winning the English Open in all of that, and hit a 147 earlier in the week.
It’s best of 17 today for the Alex Higgins trophy. Our afternoon session will contain eight of those frames, with a mid-session interval after four.
Yet there’s more, so much more
A lot goes unsaid in life, so let’s put this out there: this match will effectively establish just who, right here and how, is the greatest player operating in the game. Judd is the runaway world number one, while Ronnie is the reigning world champion. This is the first time they’ve met in a final since Trump landed this title by beating O’Sullivan in Belfast a year ago. It adds a wonderful undercurrent to what is already a fascinating final.
This is the third year in a row that these two have met in the final of this competition. Trump has won both of those previous meetings, and if he can win today, he’ll become the first player since Stephen Hendry in 1996 to win the same ranking tournament three times in a row. For O’Sullivan it’s a chance to win one of the few tournaments he’s yet to get his mits on and add to it his all-time record of 37 ranking event victories.
Welcome to live coverage of the final of the Northern Ireland Open from its temporary home at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. If you were planning to do something other than watch this final today then shelve it, because we’ve got a belter for you; at 1pm, Judd Trump and Ronnie O’Sullivan will be on the table to sort out the destination of the trophy.
O’Sullivan beats Carter to set up final against Trump
Ronnie O’Sullivan made it through to the final of the Northern Ireland Open, where he will face Judd Trump, after battling back to beat Ali Carter with five frames in a row on his way to a 6-3 win.
Carter took a 3-1 lead into the mid-session interval, but the Rocket was simply too good as he was at his imperious best after the break.
And the Rocket will meet Trump in the final after the world number one beat David Grace 6-2 on Saturday evening.
Judd Trump gives masterclass on the art of cue power
The defending champion rattled off 57, 91, 101, 59 and 92 to set up a third final meeting with O’Sullivan on the bounce.
Trump has triumphed in the previous two finals against the world champion.
Northern Ireland Open final schedule
Judd Trump v Ronnie O’Sullivan (1pm, 7pm), best-of-17-frame final.
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