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O'Sullivan too strong for Perry

Ronnie O'Sullivan
Ronnie O'Sullivan proved too strong for Perry

Ronnie O'Sullivan reached the Northern Ireland Trophy quarter-finals after a comfortable win over Joe Perry.

The world champion and number one was too strong for Cambridgeshire player Perry, winning 5-3.

"The Rocket" compiled breaks of 132, 54, 66 and 81, while Perry mustered just one break of 50 in eight frames.

"It wasn't the best performance, it was quite similar to how I played in last season's world final. There was no real continuity," said O'Sullivan.

O'Sullivan will play Barry Hawkins, who overcame Welshman Ryan Day 5-3 in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Mark Allen, a semi-finalist at last year's tournament, was pushed hard by twice world champion Mark Williams, but held his nerve to go through with a 5-3 win.

Belfast's Allen led 4-0 thanks to breaks of 106, 85, 77 and 56, but Welshman Williams rallied and pulled back to 4-3 thanks to breaks of 58 and 68.


However, that was there the comeback ended as world number 16 Allen knocked in a solid 47 break to edge over the winning line.

Dave Harold, a qualifier from Stoke, is also through to the last eight of this week's 200,500 tournament after securing a 5-4 victory over Stephen Lee, last season's Masters finalist.

Ali Carter beat Mark Davis, a qualifier from Sussex, 5-2 to ease through, while Preston's Ian McCulloch knocked out current Masters and Welsh Open champion Mark Selby with a 5-4 victory.

Earlier in the day John Higgins and defending champion Stephen Maguire both won their last-16 matches to keep their title hopes alive.

Higgins beat Chinese youngster Liang Wenbo 5-1, while Maguire fought back from 4-2 down to beat compatriot Alan McManus 5-4.

see also
NI Trophy live scores & schedule
28 Aug 08 |  Snooker
Hendry humbled by Lee in Belfast
26 Aug 08 |  Snooker
White suffers first-round defeat
25 Aug 08 |  Snooker
Stevens out but Williams through
24 Aug 08 |  Snooker
NI Trophy set for Belfast return
21 May 08 |  Snooker

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