Young Snooker Talents Shine: Moody, Pullen, and Davies Triumph in BetVictor Shoot Out

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Young talents Stan Moody, Liam Pullen, and Liam Davies secured impressive victories at the BetVictor Shoot Out in Swansea Arena on Friday afternoon, earning spots in the last 32. The trio will enter a random draw for round three on Friday night, returning to the baize on Saturday afternoon, with the ultimate champion to be crowned by 11 pm that night.

Davies, a 17-year-old amateur from Newport, staged a thrilling comeback against Louis Heathcote. Trailing 36-42 with a minute left, Davies seized an opportunity from a loose safety, potting a long red and securing a winning break of 21. Reflecting on his journey, Davies, who became the youngest player to win a match in the World Championship qualifying rounds at 15, expressed excitement about the electric atmosphere and looked forward to Saturday’s matches.

In Yorkshire, 18-year-old Pullen achieved a rare feat, making two breaks over 50 in a single Shoot Out frame (68 and 52) as he defeated Jamie O’Neill. Pullen, a tour rookie through to the last 32 of a ranking event for the second time, expressed satisfaction with his performance and emphasized his goal to gain more wins and experience.

Moody, in his debut pro season, dominated his contest with Ian Burns, securing a 90-0 victory with top runs of 33 and 28. While the event will be remembered for Shaun Murphy’s 147, Murphy won’t advance to round three after losing to Dominic Dale. Dale, from 9-44 behind, made a break of 39 to take the lead and played strategically, ultimately securing the win.

Other notable performances included Kyren Wilson’s break of 64, played with an oven glove, as he knocked out Mostafa Dorgham, and Mark Allen’s 64 break in his victory over Oliver Brown. Thepchaiya Un-Nooh had a swift win, needing only five minutes and 19 seconds to beat Matthew Stevens with runs of 40 and 28. Ali Carter emerged victorious in a low-scoring battle with Alfie Burden (16-6), while 13-year-old Shaun Liu, who made history in round one, was defeated by Dean Young.

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