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Darren Morgan Wins European Open

Darren Morgan beat Michael Judge 4-1 to retain the EBSA European Open on Sunday in Albania.

Darren Morgan (EBSA)

Darren Morgan is a former World Championship semi-finalist. Photo credit: EBSA

The amateur tournament, staged ahead of the European Team Championships, had more than 80 competitors competing from countries all across Europe.

In the end it came down to a pair of familiar faces from the Main Tour of days gone by.

Both Morgan and Dublin’s Judge have been a constant feature on the amateur scene, both domestically and on the international front, since respectively dropping off the professional circuit in the last decade or so.

Welshman Morgan had too much experience, though, compiling an excellent 105 break in the last frame to secure the excellent triumph.

Morgan and Judge could do battle again in Shengjin before that with the European Team Masters Championship taking place later this month.

Morgan partners Elfed Evans while Judge will pair up alongside Anthony Bonnar.

Before that is the Mens Team Championship, which has gotten under way today.

Ireland is represented by two pairings, one featuring Mark Tuite and John Farrell with Cork friends David Cassidy and Greg Casey the other duo in the field.

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