Both foursomes matches went the distance on the second day of the Boys Home Internationals at Western Gailes where Scotland denied holders Ireland 3-2, while favourites England defeated Wales by the same margin.
The morning session ended better than it started as wet conditions gave way to bright sunshine by the time both matches were decided on the 18th green.
Roy Archibald’s Ireland side stormed out of the blocks with 6 and 5 wins from their top two pairings. Junior Open champion Kevin Leblanc, playing alongside Kerry’s Tommy O’Driscoll for a second day, denied Ewen Ferguson and Murray Naysmith, while James Sugrue and Rowan Lester won by the same margin against Robert MacIntyre and Niall McMullen.
However, it proved to be a false dawn as Scott Knowles’ Scotland side won the remaining matches.
Calum Fyfe and George Burns were never behind in the bottom match against Eoin Leonard and Cathal Butler and finished strongly to run out 5 and 4 winners. Stuart Easton and Adam Fisher levelled proceedings with their 3 and 2 win over Thomas Mulligan and Owen Crooks to set up the decider.
There was little to choose between the pairing of Conor Purcell and Peter Kerr against Scotland’s Ben Kinsley and Joseph Bryce. The game was all-square after 15 holes before Scotland edged ahead after Purcell failed to get out of a greenside bunker at 16.
Kinsley handed the initiative back to Ireland when he drove over the railway tracks and out of bounds at the 17th. However, Ireland three-putted the 18th while their opponents got up and down for par to win by one-hole and give Scotland a slender advantage heading into the singles.
It was a similar story for England after Ashton Turner and Jake Storey won at the 18th against Ben Chamberlain and David Ramsay to give Derek Hughes’ side the same 3-2 lead.
Wales gave a good account of themselves, however, and Tim Harry and Thomas Williams recorded a fine two-holes win against Jamie Dick and the experienced Jack Singh Brar in the top match.
Gaelen Trew is one of Wales’ brightest prospects and the 15-year-old delivered alongside Thomas Froom to deny the strong partnership of Marco Penge and Harry Hall by 3 and 2.
In the last match, Bradley Moore and Jonathan Thomson were comprehensive 5 and 4 winners over Jack Davidson and Lewys Sanges.