England on course to defend title after dominant morning session
England are on course to retain their Boys Home Internationals title after defeating Scotland 5-0 in the morning foursomes at County Louth Golf Club.
With two wins a piece heading into today’s final round of matches, only England and Scotland could win The R&A Trophy. However, Barrie Douglas’s Scotland side now have a mountain to climb if they are to repeat their 2006 success.
The odds are now heavily stacked in England’s favour, but captain Derek Hughes refuses to take anything for granted.
“I can’t ask for any better than that, great team performance,” said Hughes, highlighting the one hole win by Nick Marsh and Jack Singh Brar against Alasdair McDougall and Alan Waugh.
“Nick and Jack pulled their match out of the fire. They were two down for most of the match then got it back to win at the last.”
Marsh heaped praise on his playing partner for the turnaround. “We got it back to all square by the 16th then Jack managed to make a difficult up and down at 17 which was crucial. It was a really tight match and we just managed to edge it,” said Marsh.
The high profile top pairing of Toby Tree and Max Orrin had a brief scare before eventually winning at the 18th against Scotland’s Greig Marchbank and Jamie Savage. The English duo had been dormie four up but were pushed all the way.
“There was also the two Yorkshire lads, Joe Dean and Dan Brown, they battled the whole way and came through,” added Hughes of their one hole win against Anthony Blaney and Ewen Ferguson.
“All pairings did well, but like I’ve said all week, it’s not over yet. This is match play and anything can happen.”
Scotland captain Douglas is all too aware of the uphill task ahead. “I’m disappointed for the lads. Three matches went the distance but you have to get something out of it. It’s a tough ask from here,” said Douglas referring to this afternoon’s ten singles matches.
Earlier Ireland captain Roy Archibald was pleased with his team’s morning foursomes performance against Wales as they hold a 3.5-1.5 lead heading into the singles.
“That was much better, we seemed much more focused out there this morning,” said Archibald.
Ireland’s top two matches both won 3 and 2 with The Island Golf Club pairing of Gavin Moynihan and Paul McBride defeating Gareth Rodgers and Daniel King. Alex Gleeson and William Russell soon put Ireland’s second point on the board with their victory over Henry James and Jack Davidson.
Ireland’s Jordan Hood and Alec Myles also won 3 and 2 in the bottom match against Ryan Thomas and Tim Harry, while James Sugrue and Robin Dawson halved their match with Otto Mand and Delon Hau.
Wales’ only win came from Evan Griffiths and Zach Galliford, who defeated Gareth Lappin and Sean Flanagan 3 and 2. The Welsh pair ground their opponents down with a number of clutch putts, including a long 40-footer at the 14th.
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