Sunday 16 December 2018

England stand in way of 'Home' glory for Ireland

England and Ireland have won their opening two games so a win for either side will see them crowned Boys’ Home Internationals champions. (Stock picture)
England and Ireland have won their opening two games so a win for either side will see them crowned Boys’ Home Internationals champions. (Stock picture)

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Ireland face a crucial showdown with England today in a winner-takes-all clash at the Boys' Home Internationals at Royal Dornoch, Scotland.

England and Ireland have won their opening two games so a win for either side will see them crowned champions.

The boys were in ruthless form against hosts Scotland as they sealed a 10.5-4.5 win.

Victory looked likely early on after they won all five foursomes. They then clinched the result soon after as Mark Power (Kilkenny), John Brady (Rosslare) and Aaron Marshall (Lisburn) won three of the opening four singles.

Meanwhile at the Ladies Home Internationals, Ireland got their defence off to the perfect start with a dramatic 5-4 victory over England at Ballybunion.

Ireland took a slender 2-1 lead into the singles as Annabel Wilson (Lurgan) and Mairead Martin (Kanturk) won the final foursomes match.

Lead

Ireland lost their way a bit as England took a 3.5-2.5 lead after the first three singles matches but Ireland pulled level to leave the game all square heading into the final fixture.

And Paula Grant (Lisburn) proved to be the hero as she edged past Samantha Fuller 3&2.

Meanwhile, the girls lost their final two matches as they opened their tournament with a 4.5-4.5 tie with England. Trailing 2-1 from the foursomes, Ireland took control in the singles winning three of the first four games and halving the other to sit on the cusp of victory.

But Sara Byrne (Douglas) and Aine Donegan (Woodstock) were narrowly beaten by a hole as England staged a comeback.

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