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boileauJosh Boileau first picked up a snooker cue in 2005 after watching Shaun Murphy win the World Championship.

By James Lloyd

The irony of that fact would not have escaped Murphy today, after Boileau scored the best win of his career so far with a 4-2 defeat of the world number six at the Coral Welsh Open.

“Just to play Shaun today was a dream come true, and to beat him is something I will always remember,” said Ireland’s 21-year-old Boileau. “He inspired me, I started playing after watching him win in 2005. He beat Matthew Stevens in the final and I have played Matthew a few times too.

“I was ten years old at the time. I played pool, but I had never played snooker and it started to interest me when it was on the TV. So to beat Shaun now is very special.”

Boileau led Murphy 3-0 at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, before the six-time ranking event winner pulled it back to 3-2, including a break of 71 in frame four. But Boileau won the sixth frame on the colours to earn a last 32 clash with Robert Milkins.

And Boileau, who turned pro in 2016 after winning the European Under-21 title, reckons he can string together a few more victories.

He said: “Now I have beaten Shaun I can’t see why I can’t win a few more matches. I’d like to play all of them – Ronnie, Mark Selby, anyone. Give them to me and we’ll see what happens.

“I need to learn to finish frames off, I seem to get to 50, 60 points ahead and my mind goes elsewhere. You can’t do that against the top guys they can clear up. I just need that last finishing touch to a frame.”