Extra-hole agony spoils Gleeson fightback
An agonising defeat on the fifth extra hole by Alex Gleeson prevented Ireland from finishing the European Boys Team Championship on a high at Lindingo in Sweden.
Castle's Gleeson came back from being one down with three to play to force sudden-death against Julian Marot -- but then after four halves, he was wayward on the 23rd and succumbed.
That meant Ireland lost 3-2 to France and finished sixth, but with only England of the home countries in front of them they must fancy their chances in the Home Internationals at County Louth next month.
Gavin Moynihan continued his excellent season by beating Kenny Subregis 4&2 and John-Ross Galbraith,a quarter-finalist in the British Boys open Championship last year, was also a winner.
It was an encouraging week for Ireland.
Sweden completed the Girls-Boys double by beating Italy 5-2 to clinch the title.
Meanwhile, Ireland overcame Belgium in style to finish ninth in the European Girls Team Championship in Germany -- the best position they could achieve after failing to make the top flight following the 36 holes of stroke play.
The Slieve Russell twins Leona and Lisa Maguire, who experienced a week of mixed fortunes, led the way with an excellent foursomes win.
Playing at the top of the order, they mastered both the St Leon Rot course and their opponents Maxence Corman and Clara Aveling, triumphing 5&3.
Jean O'Driscoll was taken to the 19th hole before overcoming Charlotte de Corte, and Olivia Mehaffey completed the success with a home-green defeat of Camille Richelle.
At the bottom of the order Chloe Ryan's game was deemed to have been halved as there were sufficient points already in the bag, while Jessica Carty went down on the last to Leslie Cloots.
Sweden won the title when they beat Spain 4-3 in the final, with England the best of the home countries in fifth spot.