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Ireland Boys set for title decider against England

​England and Ireland dominated their matches against Wales and Scotland on the second day of play in the Boys Home Internationals to set up an exciting title decider at Royal Dornoch tomorrow.

  • 08 August 2018

​PHOTO by Golffile - Mark Power. Text from www.randa.org 

Defending champions England comprehensively beat Wales 11-4 while their Irish counterparts were equally impressive in a 10½-4½ win over Scotland.

Scotland and Wales will play each other tomorrow to determine third and fourth place in the round-robin competition.  

Ireland 10½-4½ Scotland

Ireland left Scotland with a tall order to claw their way back into the match after taking a clean sweep of the morning foursomes 5-0.

Charlie Denvir and Max Kennedy set the tone with a 4&3 victory over Jack Broun and Aidan O’Hagan which was followed by Allan Hill and David Kitt beating Ruben Lindsay and Andrew Thornton 3&2.

John Brady and Tom McKibbin led from the off against George Heath and Connor McKinney and they did not relinquish their lead for the entirety of the match. Four birdies helped their cause in a 2&1 success.

Fine margins

The two remaining matches went the distance with each contest being won by two holes. Aaron Marshall and Mark Power moved narrowly ahead of Greg Dalziel and Connor Wilson at the short 13th with a birdie and the match was closed out on the 18th with the Scots making a bogey.

Odhran Maguire and Luke O’Neill were pegged back to a one hole advantage by Liam Waldron and Dean Walsh after being 3up but were able to hold out for another point after securing their par on the last hole with their opponents unable to match it.

Stand-out performance

The outstanding result of the afternoon singles was Kitt’s 8&6 victory against Andrew Thornton. The Irishman played steady golf while the Scot appeared to struggle in the conditions which was illustrated by four holes being conceded.

Power made an impressive six birdies in his match against Wilson including four birdies in a row starting at the 11th. He closed out the contest on the 15th with a par to seal a 5&3 result.

Dalziel put the first point of the match on the board for Scotland after a narrow win by one hole against McKibbin but Brady and Marshall responded for Ireland shortly after by defeating McKinney and Heath in their matches by a 2&1 scoreline.

Scotland respond

O’Hagan captured another point for the Scots after making five birdies in a 4&3 success over O’Neill and Lindsay and Scott halved their respective encounters with Eoin Murphy and Denvir to pick up two further half points.

Waldron claimed another point for Scotland against Maguire (one hole) and Broun and Hill could not be separated in the final match on the course (match halved).