Friday 24 January 2020

Sport in brief: Ireland close in on 'Home' golf title

Golf

Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Photo: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Golf: Ireland are poised to clinch their first Amateur Home International title for six years at Southerndown today.

They followed up their comprehensive 10-5 victory over Scotland with a tense 8-7 defeat of hosts Wales  to become red-hot favourites.

A share of the spoils with England today will be sufficient for Ireland to carry off the honours, and even if they lose narrowly, the trophy could be crossing the Irish Sea.

But captain Padraig Hogan, who finishes this season after three years at the helm, will want to bow out with a flourish with the Triple Crown.

Ireland had to come from behind yesterday after Wales took the foursomes 3-2.

The top two in the singles, Gavin Moynihan and Cormac Sharvin, were beaten but Dermot McElroy was again in stunning form, winning 4&3.

Jack Hume and John Ross Galbraith both won easily and Chris Selfridge maintained his 100pc record in the series with a 6&4 rout.

With two games  still on the course Ireland were one behind but they drew level  with Paul Dunne winning 2&1 before Gary Hurley fought back from losing the opening two holes to triumph 3&2.

“The boys pulled out all the stops in difficult conditions. Now after two great days we have to finish the job,” said captain Hogan.

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Rowan Lester carries Irish hopes into the third round of the British Boys Open Championship at Prestwick this morning.

The 18-year-old from the Hermitage crushed Switzerland’s Adrian Villiger 5&3. He faces Denmark’s Frederik Hedmark for a place in the last 16.

Boxing

FERNANDO NAJERA has been confirmed as Jason Quigley’s opponent for tomorrow night at the StubHub in California.

 Donegal-born Quigley will meet the Mexican on the Shawn Porter versus Kell Brook undercard.

Quigley TKO’d Howard Reece in the first round on his pro debut last month and is expected to improve to two straight wins against Najera.

Cricket

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