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Friday 20 April 2018

Robinson seeks 'one last push' from Ireland to secure title

Ireland go head-to-head with Scotland at Whitchurch in Cardiff today to decide the Women's Home International title -- a year after failing to win a match in the series at Irvine.

They followed their 8-1 demolition of England with a 6-3 defeat of champions Wales, which means a share of the spoils today will give them the crown for the first time for six years.

"They have played wonderfully, but the business is not finished yet -- one last push could get us there," said Irish captain Claire Robinson.

But the Irish had to come from behind yesterday as the Scots took the foursomes 2-1. The Maguire twins led the way as they remained unbeaten. They collected the only Irish foursomes point, beating Amy Boulden and Gemma Bradbury on the home green and then both swept to singles triumphs.

Leona was in magnificent form and was seven-under-par when overwhelming Kath O'Connor 8&7. She won eight of the first nine holes and then bagged a couple of halves.

Lisa started superbly against Gemma Bradbury -- four up after 11 holes -- but then lost 12 and 13, before four halves took her to victory.

Danielle McVeigh was involved in a battle over the first nine with 16-year-old Boulden, but then won a couple of holes to win 3&2.

Charlene Reid finished off Katie Bradbury on the home green to claim the point Ireland needed to win. Reid was three up at the turn, but then lost three holes in a row to be brought back to all-square, won the 15th, lost the 17th, but took the long last for the crucial point.

Sinead O'Sullivan defeated Becky Harries, which could prove vital in the case of a draw today as Ireland will have more individual points.

Kilpatrick has plenty to do

Richard Kilpatrick needs a final round rally to pass stage one of the European Tour's qualifying school at Barbaroux in France.

A five-over 77 yesterday left him down in a share of 21st on a 223 -- two shots outside the qualifying mark with 18-holes to play. Victor Dubuisson opened a six-shot lead over the field with a 73 for 208.

Michael Mulryan sits three shots outside a top-15 spot needed to qualify on 224 after a 74, but Glen Robinson missed the cut on 232 after a 75, while Cian McNamara was out with an 85 for 234.

At Ebreichsdorf in Austria, Justin Brink had a 77 for 234 and missed the cut by 12 shots.

Irish Independent

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