Gallant girls' effort just falls short in Wales
IRELAND were pipped at the post in their bid to win the Girls Home Internationals Championship for the first time at Radyr in South Wales yesterday.
In their final match, the Irish edged to a 5-4 victory over Scotland, meaning they were unbeaten over the three days, having drawn with both England and Wales.
However, their efforts proved in vain as England squeezed home 5-4 against Wales despite losing the foursomes 2-1 and that meant they won the crown for the fifth successive season.
Without Leona and Lisa Maguire, Ireland did remarkably well to finish runners-up and showed that their winning of the second flight in the European Championships was no flash in the pan.
Olivia Mehaffey and Ariana Coyle Diez recorded their third foursomes success of the week when they defeated Clara Young and Eilidh Watson 3&1 on their way to helping Ireland earn a 3-1 lunchtime advantage.
Playing at the top of the singles order, Chloe Ryan overwhelmed Lauren Whyte 5&4 after winning the first three holes and Jean O'Driscoll and Jessica Ross completed the victory.
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