Ireland with one hand on Trophy after foursomes

Ireland have one hand on The R&A Trophy after the final morning’s foursomes matches of the 2010 Boys Home Internationals, at Southerness. They lead Wales 3 ½ – 1 ½ at the half-way stage, knowing that victory will assure them of their second Championship triumph in three years.

Once again, Paul Dunne led his team away, securing a point with his partner, Jeff Hopkins, after defeating Callum Roberts and Delon Hau 2&1. In games two and three, however, the Irish did not have it all their way.

OSullivan & McElroyFirst of all, the Welsh pair of Luke Jackson and Oliver Lewis took half-a-point from their match against Dermot McElroy and Colm O'Sullivan. Then, David Boote and Craig Melding birdied the 18th to defeat Ireland's Chris Selfridge and Matthew McKnight in a match that had been deadlocked for the entire back nine.

By that stage, though, games four and five had finished. And the Irish were convincing in the defeat of their opponents; Gary Hurley and Stephen Barry running out 2&1 winners, and Alex Gleeson and Jack Hume going one better with a 5&4 victory. They made sure that the fate of the Trophy is in their hands as they go into the afternoon's singles.

Should Wales turn the match around and defeat Ireland, which, as they proved on day one against England, is entirely possible, Scotland will be poised to take advantage. After yesterday's defeat of Wales, they have made a strong start to day three, taking three points from five against the English this morning.

InlineThe first three games of the match were won 2&1. Games one and three were secured by the Scottish pairs of Grant Forrest and Conor O'Neil, and Daniel Hendry and Ewan Scott, while Paul Lockwood and Nick Newbold claimed England's first point in the day's second contest.

The final two games were won more convincingly. England leveled the match score at 2 -2 with a 4&2 victory for Oliver Carr and Nathan Kimsey. But the Scottish twosome of Southerness member Scott Gibson and his partner Jack MacDonald ensured that they would take their country to lunch in the driving seat.

The afternoon singles matches are now underway.

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