Thursday 18 October 2018

Ireland Ladies on brink of Home International title

'The standout was a crushing 8&6 victory for Castlewarden's Lauren Walsh over Bethan Morris, while there were also victories for Paula Grant, Shannon Burke and Jessica Ross.' (Stock picture)
'The standout was a crushing 8&6 victory for Castlewarden's Lauren Walsh over Bethan Morris, while there were also victories for Paula Grant, Shannon Burke and Jessica Ross.' (Stock picture)

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

Ireland are on the brink of retaining their Ladies' Home International crown heading into this morning's showdown with Scotland at Ballybunion.

That's after Danielle McVeigh's side made it two wins out of two yesterday with a 7.5-1.5 win over Wales - to back-up their 5-4 win over England.

Hosts Ireland, who held a dominant 3-0 lead after the foursomes, went on to press home that advantage in the afternoon by winning four and halving another of the six singles contests.

The standout was a crushing 8&6 victory for Castlewarden's Lauren Walsh over Bethan Morris, while there were also victories for Paula Grant, Shannon Burke and Jessica Ross.

Meanwhile, at the same venue, Ireland's Girls will be looking to avoid the wooden spoon today as they also take on Scotland. Having tied 4.5-4.5 with champions England on the opening day, Ireland's hopes of regaining the title they surrendered last year evaporated following a 5.5-3.5 defeat by Wales yesterday.

And over at Royal Dornoch in Scotland there was heartbreak for Ireland, who agonisingly missed out on a first Boys' Home International title since 2013 following a narrow 8-7 defeat against England - who in turn made it three titles on the trot.

Ireland trailed 3-2 after the morning foursomes and despite victories in the singles for Mark Power, Aaron Marshall, Allan Hill and David Kitt - as well as halves for John Brady and Max Kennedy - they would fall just short with Tom McKibbin, Eoin Murphy, Luke O'Neill and Charlie Denvir all defeated.

Irish Independent

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