Sunday 24 September 2017

ireland's costly hiccups

Ireland suffered a series of second-day hiccups to slip to an 11-9 defeat by Wales in their U-18 boys International at Rosslare.

The Irish led 4.5-3.5 after a tight first day's play. The scores were again close as Wales triumphed 2.5-1.5 in the foursomes to draw level, before going on to take the singles 5-3 to complete their comeback.

The result sees Ireland relinquish the title they won at Cardigan last year.

The Island's Niall Foley and Castle's Jack Walsh were the only pair to triumph in the foursomes, with a one-hole victory over Alex Matthews and Rhys Jones. David Kerry and Ronan Mullarney halved with Tom Williams and Jake Darlington for Ireland's only other point in this session.

In the singles, a late Irish fightback couldn't prevent them going down to their Celtic cousins. However, Greystones' David Byrne produced the display of the day, trouncing Matthews by 6&5 in the penultimate match.

Irish Independent

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