Dawson on song to lead Ireland into last eight
Ireland moved into the quarter-finals of the European Boys Team Championship in Sweden yesterday.
However, they will have their work cut out today to make any further progress as they meet the host nation, who qualified for the top flight at the Lidingo Club with a 36-hole total 13 strokes better than Ireland's.
Faithlegg's Robin Dawson produced an inspirational performance to lift Ireland into the elite grouping.
Dawson fired a one-under-par 69 with halves of 34 and 35 to lead the way. Three consecutive birdies from the ninth paved the way for his sub-par round.
Alex Gleeson from Castle, who has played well in the past year, returned a 71 comprising halves of 34 and 37, while Williams Russell was on 73.
Ireland's total for the two days -- with five of the six cards counting each day --was 727, 27-over-par, but they were three strokes ahead of the last quarter-finalists France.
Italy topped the first flight with a 712 aggregate, and they were followed by Sweden, Spain, Norway, England, Germany, Ireland and France.
Scotland missed out on the top flight by one stroke, while Wales were last on 760 with Switzerland and the Czech Republic just in front of them.