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Dunbar leads Ireland charge

Ireland, chasing their third title in five years, moved into the quarter-finals of the European Amateur Team championship on the Algarve.

Alan Dunbar was again in fine form, carding a two-under 70 after a brilliant homeward 32 that included an eagle three.

Kevin Phelan carded a 71 and both Eoin Arthurs and the impressive Paul Cutler had 72s. Pat Murray posted a 75 while Paul Dunne finished seven, six for a non-counting 79. Ireland ended the stroke-play phase in sixth place. They face France today for a spot in the semi-finals.

Irish captain Kevin Flanagan was delighted last night at his side's performance, especially after they did not qualify last year.

"The last two days have seen a good team effort -- now the championship starts again with match play and we must keep it up," he said.

Ireland's boys also reached the quarter-finals of their championship in Prague after a marvellous second day -- they had been 14th overnight.

They knocked 18 strokes off their first-day total and qualified in seventh spot, setting up a clash with Spain today. England, Wales and Scotland all missed out.

Gary Hurley led the way with a stunning 68, while Gavin Moynihan posted 69 and Jack Hume and Dermot McElroy 70.

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Irish Independent