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Irish taught a harsh lesson

Ireland were annihilated on the opening day of the Women's Home International Championship at Cork yesterday, whitewashed 9-0 by defending champions and red-hot favourites England.

The chances of an Irish success virtually disappeared when they lost all three foursomes, although there was a glimmer of hope when Gillian O'Leary and Deirdre Smith established early singles advantages.

But what were promising positions at halfway turned into defeats, with O'Leary playing over her home course going down 3&2 to Holly Clyburn and Smith from Co Louth losing 2&1 to Alex Peters.

Maria Dunne was brushed aside 8&7 by former British champion Kelly Tidy and Jessica Carty was defeated 3&2 by recently crowned British girls' champion Georgia Hall.

Irish Independent