Ireland have title within grasp
Published 05/08/2010 | 05:00
Ireland are favourites to win the Boys Home International Championship at Southerness today -- despite surrendering a three-point lunch-time advantage against England and having to settle for a share of the honours.
Victory over Wales today will give them the R&A Trophy, while any other result could mean that the calculators will be necessary to work out the points situation.
Ireland -- having easily overcome host country Scotland on Tuesday -- looked set for a second successive victory when they led England 4-1 after the foursomes, with only Alex Gleeson and Jack Hume losing.
And with seven of the singles completed, Ireland still held a two-point advantage.
However, Gleeson lost the last hole to go down to Oliver Carr and Stephen Barry was then beaten 2&1 by Colin Walsh, meaning that everything depended on the last game out, between Gary Hurley and Greg Eason.
They came to the final hole level, both had putts for victory, but neither holed out, so it ended all square at 7.5 each.
Elsewhere, Scotland kept alive their hopes of securing the crown after they impressively hammered Wales 10-5.
Entering the final day, any one of the four countries could take the title, but with a victory and a halved matched, Ireland have it in their hands to grab the glory.
"It is up to us. We don't have to rely on others," said captain, Liam Martin.
Meanwhile, at Bangor, it proved to be a disappointing day for hosts Ireland in the Girls Home Internationals as they were beaten 7.5-1.5 by reigning champions England, while Scotland beat Wales 6-3.
Today, Ireland take on Wales and need something special if they are to reignite their challenge for the championship.