Ireland slip to shock loss
Published 04/08/2011 | 05:00
Ireland suffered a blow to their hopes of notching back-to-back Boys Home International titles when they crashed to a shock 9.5-5.5 defeat to Scotland at Royal St David's, Harlech yesterday.
But all is not lost.
If today Ireland defeat England, who beat hosts Wales yesterday, then it would all come down to a countback of individual games won.
The Scots produced birdies galore as they established substantial leads in a number of matches, and no-one could begrudge them their success.
They led 3-2 after the morning foursomes, securing their three wins with something to spare and they came out for the singles in determined mood.
And when Bradley Neil stormed to a 4&3 win over Gary Hurley, Scotland were in command.
Kieran Lynch,Enda Craddock and William Russell secured points for Ireland, but this was not sufficient to make a real game of it.
Irish captain Liam Martin was magnanimous in defeat, admitting: "They were better than us today and we can have no complaints. There were some birdie machines out there."
Meanwhile, Ireland made a sensational start to their bid for the Stroyan Cup in the Girls Home Internationals at Gullane, near Edinburgh.
They laid the foundations for their excellent 6-3 success over Scotland by taking the morning foursomes 2-1.
This marvellous result was sweet revenge for their 5.5-3.5 reverse suffered at Bangor in Co Down last year.
Castleroy's Chloe Ryan gave an outstanding display as she won both her matches, first in the foursomes with Sinead Sexton and then in the singles.
Muskerry's Jean O'Driscoll was also extremely impressive when overwhelming Lesley Atkins by 4&3.
Today Ireland face Wales, who yesterday beat reigning champions England 5-4 after losing the foursomes 2-1. Last year Wales were whitewashed 9-0 by the English.
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