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Sunday 22 September 2019

Scotland dash home hopes of Triple Crown as Carroll's men to face England

John Carroll’s charges had high hopes of claiming the Raymond Trophy for the fifth time in six years and another Triple Crown to match that famous 1987 win in west Clare (stock photo)
John Carroll’s charges had high hopes of claiming the Raymond Trophy for the fifth time in six years and another Triple Crown to match that famous 1987 win in west Clare (stock photo)

Brian Keogh

Ireland's hopes of clinching a second Triple Crown at Lahinch were dashed when losing 6.5-8.5 to Scotland on the opening day of the Home International Matches.

John Carroll's charges had high hopes of claiming the Raymond Trophy for the fifth time in six years and another Triple Crown to match that famous 1987 win in west Clare.

But they now need to beat favourites England today to keep their title hopes alive and while they are up for the fight, despite watching England thrashed Wales 12-3, they will need to improve.

"We are definitely right up for it," said Portmarnock's Seán Flanagan, who suffered a one-hole defeat with Ronan Mullarney in the foursomes and then halved with Darren Howie in the singles.

Ireland drew the foursomes session 2.5-2.5 but took just two wins from the ten singles through debutant Robert Brazill and veteran Colm Campbell.

Amateur champion James Sugrue was hampered by a lower back injury and after struggling in the foursomes, losing 3&2 with Brazill to James Wilson and Connor McKinney, he sat out the singles and will sit out today's foursomes.

Teenager Tom McKibbin partnered Campbell on his debut but while they halved with Lewis Irvine and Stuart Easton in the foursomes, the Holywood star impressed Scotland's playing captain Matt Clark despite losing to him by two holes.

"I'm only giving up 21 years to Tom," Clark said. "He's obviously a rising superstar of Irish golf. He'll take it tough. He's been beaten by an old, fat man effectively but that's part of the game.

"He's a super talent, he's a super nice young man. He was a joy to play with."

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