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Maguire off form but Irish prevail

Ireland produced a late rally to pip defending champions Scotland in the Women's Home Internationals at Hillside on the Lancashire coast yesterday and get their challenge off to a flying start.

They were staring defeat in the face when they trailed in four of the six singles having lost the foursomes 2½-½ -- but there were some amazing performances in the afternoon and the Irish took the singles 4½-1½ for an overall 5-4 success.

It was sweet revenge for the narrow last-day defeat suffered at the hands of Scotland a year ago.

Gillian O'Leary won three holes on the trot from the 15th to defeat Kelsey MacDonald 3&1 while Emma O'Driscoll took two of the last three holes to edge Jane Turner on 18.

Paula Grant won the last to square with Rebecca Wilson, while Royal Portrush star Charlene Reid took charge of her match against Megan Briggs to triumph 5&4.

Louise Coffey was always in control against Louise Kenney and powered to a 4&3 win.

The sole Irish loser was Lisa Maguire, but she still played her part in the victory as she and Grant secured a half point in the singles.

In the day's other fixture, England came from behind to beat Wales 6-3. Today, Ireland face Wales and England take on Scotland.

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