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Maguire shines in GB&I loss

Leona Maguire once again showed her immense talent in the wind and rain at Royal Porthcawl on the Welsh coast at the weekend, but Great Britain and Ireland still suffered a record defeat by the Continent of Europe in the biennial Vagliano Trophy match.

The 16-year-old star from Slieve Russell in Cavan can take considerable personal satisfaction from the match as she was the only player from either side to conclude the two-day contest with a 100pc record.

Just a week after winning the Irish stroke-play championship, Maguire won all three matches she was involved in after being omitted from the opening foursomes session on Friday.

This was an excellent return, considering Great Britain and Ireland were thrashed 15.5-8.5, which was even worse than the 15-9 mauling they suffered at Fairmont St Andrews four years ago.

They went into the final day requiring eight points from a possible 12 to regain the Trophy last won at Chantilly in 2005, but this was never on the cards as they shared the foursomes 2-2 to leave them up against it in the singles.

Maguire and Irish compatriot Danielle McVeigh were in fine foursomes form to demolish Theresa Koelbaek and Madelene Sagstrom by 6&4, while Royal Portrush's Stephanie Meadow and Scotland's Pamela Prestswell went down on the home green to Sophie Popov and Lara Katzy after squaring at the long 17th with a spectacular eagle three.

In the afternoon Maguire narrowly defeated a dogged Celine Boutier of France and McVeigh went down to Popov after being three down with five to play. Meadow battled hard, but in the end, lost on the last to Koelbaek.

Pretswell was the other home winner on the final afternoon.

Irish Independent