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Scotland edge morning foursomes matches against hosts Ireland

Defending champions Scotland will take a narrow 3-2 lead over hosts Ireland into the afternoon singles on the second day of Boys Home Internationals at Ballyliffin, Donegal.

Marc Watt and Darren Howie (pictured) were never troubled as they defeated John Murphy and Andrew Mulhall 5&4.
Marc Watt and Darren Howie (pictured) were never troubled as they defeated John Murphy and Andrew Mulhall 5&4.

Despite a promising start, Wales lost the morning session against England 3½-1½.

Difficult weather again played a part in scoring on the Glashedy Links and as conditions deteriorated throughout the morning there were more bogeys than birdies in many of the matches. Blustering 45mph winds, combined with heavy showers, meant play was extremely testing.

Jamie Stewart and Scottish Boys champion Eric McIntosh overturned an early deficit to win 3&2 against Thomas Mulligan and Ross Kelly, only for Ireland to level proceedings after Owen Crooke and Hugh O’Hare won the third tie 3&2 against Matthew McCulloch and Lewis Irvine.

In the bottom match, Marc Watt, winner of this year’s Paul Lawrie Junior event and playing alongside Darren Howie, were never troubled as they defeated John Murphy and Andrew Mulhall 5&4.

It was matches two and four that went the distance and decided the outcome of the foursomes.

Ben Ferguson and Rory Franssen took advantage of Mark Power and John Brady’s misfortune of three-putting the 17th from 10 feet to get back to all-square. The Scottish pair then kept their nerve to par the 18th ,  which was good enough to win by one hole.

It was a reverse of fortunes in the fourth game as Ireland’s Cameron Raymond and Alan Fahy secured success on the 17th and 18th to win by one hole against Sam Locke and Michael Lawrie, son of European Tour player Paul.

Matty Lamb (pictured) and Oliver Clarke ran out 3&2 winners against Oliver Brown and Rowan Warren
Matty Lamb (pictured) and Oliver Clarke ran out 3&2 winners against Oliver Brown and Rowan Warren

Wales gave a good account of themselves against a more experienced England side. With leading player Charlie Strickland rested for the foursomes, Derek Hughes’ side still had enough to deny Wales captain Chris King’s youthful side.

In the top match, Matty Lamb and Oliver Clarke ran out 3&2 winners against Oliver Brown and Rowan Warren, while Toby Briggs and Daniel O’Loughlin were 4&3 winners against Billy Truman and Luke Harries.

Harry Frazer and Aled Greville gave a good account of themselves against Alex Fitzpatrick and Callum Farr but in a close contest the English duo eventually won 2&1.

The second match was halved between England’s John Gough and Harry Goddard against Matthew Harris and Tomos Jones. Wales were two-up with two to play but Gough produced two exemplary iron approaches into the 17th and 18th  to win the holes and secure a share of the spoils.

Wales’ only win of the morning came in the bottom match where Liam Pritchard and Jacob Davies did enough to beat Michael Gilbert and Angus Flanagan 2&1.

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