Leona heroics not enough to save Ireland
IRELAND'S hopes of a third European women's team title disappeared over the Murhof course in Austria yesterday as they lost 5-2 to Sweden in a titanic first match-play round battle.
It was closer than the scoreline suggests as Ireland lost two of the singles on the home green.
Leona Maguire, who fired a sensational eight-under-par 64 on Wednesday, was once again in devastating form. First, she and twin sister Lisa secured a foursomes point.
Then playing at the top of the order, Leona held her nerve to record a 20th-hole victory over Johanna Tillstrom.
In the next two games, Royal Portrush star Stephanie Meadow and Carlow's Karen Delaney were having ding-dong clashes with Daniela Holmqvist and Natalie Mansson respectively, but the Swedes emerged triumphant on the final green of both matches.
Lisa Maguire and Danielle McVeigh were positioned at the tail of the order to give the team a strong anchor, but neither played to their potential and went down 4&2 and 5&4 respectively.
In the girls' championship in Sardinia, Ireland lost 4-1 to the Netherlands in the second flight, with the only Irish winner being Chloe Ryan.
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