Ireland's Euro hopes dashed on day of drama in Sweden
Ireland's chances of lifting the European Boys Team Championship in Sweden were dashed yesterday after a dramatic 12 hours in which Spain were disqualified and Scotland elevated to the top flight.
Several hours after the draw was made for the first match-play round, Spain, who had been given third seeding, confessed to officials that one of their players had been carrying more than the permitted 14 clubs in his bag -- resulting in immediate disqualification.
This moved Ireland into fifth spot and, instead of playing hosts Sweden, they were pitted against England.
The Irish put up a tremendous fight and shared the foursomes 1-1 thanks to an extra-green victory by Alex Gleeson and Robin Dawson over Max Orrin and Matt Fitzpatrick.
In the singles Gleeson, from the Castle GC, was irrepressible, winning the first four holes against Ashton Turner and going on to triumph 4&3, while at the top of the order Gavin Moynihan got the better of Orrin.
William Russell and John-Ross Galbraith were both outplayed, so, with the score at 3-3, it all came down to Dawson's match against Toby Tree. Dawson was one up after six, but then lost two of the next three to fall behind, and he eventually went down 2&1.
The chase for medals continues today, with England tackling Italy and Sweden taking on Germany in the semi-finals. Ireland meet old rivals Scotland with fifth place their best possible finish.