Ireland's Fergal O'Brien sets new record in the UK snooker championship to secure third round place

The Dubliner overturned a 4-2 deficit to win the match

Ireland's Fergal O'Brien sets new record in the UK snooker championship to secure third round place

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Fergal O'Brien set a new record at the UK Championship to become the first player to compile five centuries in a best of 11 frame match.

O'Brien rallied from 4-2 down to beat Barry Hawkins 6-5 to secure a spot in the third round of the tournament.

The 44 year-old began with a 101 and after falling behind his opponent, he churned out three tons on the spin. Hawkins forced the contest into a decider with O'Brien producing a 113 to progress into the last 32 and set-up a fixture with Scotsman Stephen Maguire. 

The performance compliments O'Brien's second round outing against Zhang Yong of China where he hit breaks of  95, 93, 59 and 64 to cement a 6-2 win.