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Saturday 18 November 2017

Morrow's Ireland just short in Euro bid

Golf

Portmarnock's Adrian Morrow and his Ireland colleagues came up short in their bid to land another European Seniors Home Internationals title when England triumphed at Rosslare last week.

England provided the opposition in the hosts' opening match on Tuesday and it turned out to be embarrassingly one-sided as Ireland were trounced 8-1, with Morrow (below) losing his rubber 3&2.

Play was suspended on Wednesday because of the high winds and Ireland returned to action on Thursday morning with a 6-3 victory over Scotland, with Morrow enjoying a 4&3 win in the top rubber.

If Ireland were going to win the championship they needed to beat Wales in the afternoon and hope Scotland could do them a favour in their match.

Morrow picked up another point for his country as the hosts completed a 7.5 to 1.5 win over Wales to put the pressure on England and the destiny of the title was in doubt right to the end as Scotland put it up to the English.

Crucially, though, England managed to share the spoils - 4.5 apiece - and that was enough to secure victory overall, with Ireland runners-up, as the scheduled foursomes matches were halved by agreement of the team captains.

• Joshua McCabe from the Roganstown club has been named in the 11-strong Ireland Under-16 Boys panel for 2018.

The Under-16s will benefit from two coaching weekends at the GUI National Golf Academy at Carton House before Christmas, with further weekends early in the new year.

Fingal Independent

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