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13 Sep 18

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Ireland march on

We were treated to a stunning morning at Conwy GC, and under blue skies and blustery conditions defending champions Ireland prepared to take on Wales in the first of the foursomes matches.

Ireland named an unchanged team from Wednesday’s foursomes matches and this seemed to work well as they quickly moved into leads in most of the games.

The top game between Dawson and O’Keeffe and Wales’ Hapgood and Williams was nip and tuck with the Irish pair taking a one hole lead after four holes before birdies on eleven and fourteen turned the game in favour of the Welsh pair. However in one final twist the Irish pair took two of the last four holes and won the match 1up.

Tom Williams (Wales)

Purcell and Power quickly took control of the second game taking a 3up lead into the back nine against the Welsh pair Roberts and Mullins, eventually winning the game 2&1. 

Game three was heading the Welsh way in the early stages as Chamberlain and Sanges established an early 3up lead against the Irish pair. However, they had to fight off a late charge from Rafferty and Gleeson eventually hanging on to clinch the game 1up.

Kieron Harman and Jacob Davies were out of the blocks quickly in game four winning the first two holes, but the tide quickly turned as Robbie Cannon and James Sugrue playing steady par golf soon overturned the early deficit and the match ended in a halve.

In game five, Mullarney and McLarnon (Ireland) against Trew and Archie Davies (Wales) was turning out to be the best of the foursomes matches with both pairs under par and all square after 9 holes. The Irish pair then produced a sensational finish with birdies on 14,15,and 16 to win the match 4&2 in an estimated score of 5 under par.

Ireland take a 3.5 to 1.5 lead into the afternoon singles matches.

 

Ireland started the afternoon singles needing 4.5 points to clinch their second victory of the Home Internationals series but it was Wales that made the first move with Jake Hapgood taking an early lead over Robin Dawson in the top game. However Ireland’s Purcell, Power and Rafferty all quickly moved ahead in games two to four to leave Ireland looking comfortable in the early stages of the singles.

Hapgood and Dawson traded eagles and birdies to play holes nine to tweleve in four under par leaving Hapgood 2up with six to play. Another eagle for Hapgood on fourteen and a two on fiftenn took him to a 4&3 victory.

Four birdies in five holes around the turn helped Conor Purcell to a comfortable 4&3 win over Tom Williams so making it four wins out of four for Purcell. Rafferty quickly followed suit in his match with Chamberlain recording another 4&3 win. Birdies on fourteen and sixteen helped Power complete a 3&1 victory over Roberts so giving Ireland a 6.5-2.5 lead in the overall match.

Jacob Davies helped Wales’ cause with a 5&4 win over Ireland’s Alex Gleeson which was followed by a 1up win for Oliver Brown over Ireland’s Jonathan Yates but the respite was only temporary as Peter O’Keeffe recorded a 4&3 win over Paddy Mullins to take Ireland to the cusp of victory. This was duly confirmed a little later when James Sugrue completed a hard earned win over Archie Davies to take Ireland over the line.

In the remaining games Wales’ Lewys Sanges came back from a two hole deficit to edge out Ronan Mullarney and record a 1up win. Ireland’s Tiarnon Mclarnon finished things off and extended his perfect record with a 2&1 win over Gaelen Trew to secure an overall match result of 9.5 to 5.5 in Ireland’s favour.

Battling England set up decider with Ireland

In the second match of the day England quickly took control of the opening games against Scotland with both Wilson and Hague, and Plumb and Sloman three up before the turn. Both games ended in comfortable 5&3 and 3&2 wins respectively for the English pairs.

Matt Clark (Scotland)

The next three games were a lot closer and in games three, Cantley and Fyfe (Scotland) against Waite and Long (England), and four, Johnston and Wilson (Scotland) against Jones and Burnage (England) were all square after nine holes. Birdies on ten & fourteen helped the English pair Waite and Long to a two hole lead after fourteen holes eventually closing out the game 2&1. Jones and Burnage and Johnston and Wilson traded birdies on the back nine but the English pair managed to close out the game on the eighteenth in another close finish

The final game of the morning foursome was also proving to be a topsey turvey affair. Easton and Walker (Scotland) shot into a 4up lead through seven holes, helped by a birdie birdie start before Gill and Poppleton (England) found their stride and came charging back with three birdies in a row through the turn to get the game back to A/S. Easton and Walker rallied to eventually prevail 2&1 helped by a fine eagle on the par five fourteenth.

Scotland had it all to do to overturn a 4-1 morning deficit against England. The opening skirmishes were pretty even but with England just having the upper hand. By the turn England were well up in games one, three and four though Wilson, Waite and Hague with Euan Walker keeping Scottish hopes alive, 3up after 9 in his match against Tom Sloman.

Mitch Waite was the first to record a point, winning his match against Euan McIntosh 5&3 having been ahead since the 3rd hole of the game. Seven birdies in sixteen holes helped secure David Hague’s 4&3 win over Jim Johnston and maintained his personal 100% record in the championship.

Tom Plumb won four in a row from the twelth to record a 4&3 win against Stuart Easton to make the overall match score 7-1 in England’s favour.

Euan Walker put the first Scottish point on the board in the singles as he completed a 3&1 win over previously undefeated Tom Sloman. Four birdies in the last ten holes helped Ryan Lumsden turn around the top match against Andrew Wilson and record a win on the eighteenth. With the overall match score sat at 7-3 Scotland still harboured hopes of a late comeback but those thoughts were dashed as England’s Ben Jones recorded a 5&4 win over Matt Clark in the final game.

Wins for Scottish players Roger, Wright and James Wilson in the remaining games gave Scotland the satisfaction of winning the afternoon singles but the overall match score ended up 8-7 in England’s favour.

As we look forward to day three Ireland and England sit on top of the table with two wins a piece and the two in form teams will battle it out to see who will take the title of 2018 Home International champions. Meanwhile Scotland will face Wales with both certainly eager to ensure they don’t go home without recording a win. We look forward to another super day’s golf tomorrow.

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