Monday 26 September 2016

Irish girls have to settle for second place as England turn on the style for facile victory

Published 08/08/2015 | 02:30

Ciara Casey and Lisa O'Shea had earlier been defeated 4&3 first up by Emma Allen and Elizabeth Prior, before Ireland levelled thanks to an impressive 6&4 victory for Annabel Wilson and Mairead Martin over Eloise Healey and Emily Toy (Stock image)
Ciara Casey and Lisa O'Shea had earlier been defeated 4&3 first up by Emma Allen and Elizabeth Prior, before Ireland levelled thanks to an impressive 6&4 victory for Annabel Wilson and Mairead Martin over Eloise Healey and Emily Toy (Stock image)

Ireland fell short in their bid for a first Girls Home International Championship crown as perennial winners England defeated them 7-2 at Lanark to lift to Stroyan Cup for an eighth year in a row.

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With two wins each and just half a point separating the sides heading into their make-or-break decider, the stage was set for a memorable Irish win.

However, ultimately, it was England who came out on top, with Ireland once again having to make do with the Swansea Spoon as runners-up.

A 2&1 reverse for Julie McCarthy and Vagliano Trophy player Olivia Mehaffey - her first defeat in five ties - at the hands of Hollie Muse and Sammy Fuller handed England a 2-1 advantage after the foursomes.

Ciara Casey and Lisa O'Shea had earlier been defeated 4&3 first up by Emma Allen and Elizabeth Prior, before Ireland levelled thanks to an impressive 6&4 victory for Annabel Wilson and Mairead Martin over Eloise Healey and Emily Toy.

The Junior Vagliano Trophy pair were four-up at the turn and never looked back, losing only one hole throughout.

Normal service then resumed for Mehaffey as she bounced back with a 5&4 success over Alice Hewson, although that was as good as it got for Ireland in the singles.

Defeats in the other five contests for Wilson, McCarthy, Casey, Martin and Elisa Corcoran ended their title hopes.

In the other match, hosts Scotland ensured a third-place finish after a 5.5-3.5 victory over Wales.

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