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Saturday 17 March 2018

Purcell leads Ireland to glory

Chris Smart

Ireland's U-16 boys posted an impressive victory over reigning champions Scotland to take the 2013 Quadrangular series crown at Southerndown on the south Wales coast.

Having comfortably dispatched hosts Wales and Holland going in to day three, they handed the Scots their first defeat of the event on an 8-4 scoreline.

In the foursomes, Ireland triumphed 3-1 in the morning, with Karl Eccles and Conor Purcell, of Clandeboye and Portmarnock respectively, posting a creditable 4&3 victory over Lewis Reid and Jack Thomas.

Purcell carried that winning form in the afternoon's singles, thrashing Matthew McCulloch 7&6, the day's largest winning margin.

David Brady, of Co Sligo, tasted victory in both his matches yesterday thanks to a 3&1 win over Lewis Reid, while Rory Williamson (Holywood) also came through his singles match comfortably with a 4&3 triumph over Chris Curran.

Ireland have been in imperious form over the three days, taking the crown with a gross winning margin of 28-8.

Irish Independent

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