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All to play for tomorrow at Conwy


It's all to play for on the final day of the Ladies' Home Internationals at Conwy Golf Club, North Wales.

After England came back from 1-2 down to beat Scotland 6-3 and Ireland drew 4.5pt apiece with Wales on Day 2, it means that Wales, England and Ireland all have a chance of grabbing the glory.

If Ireland beat the Scots, while Wales and England draw, then there will be three teams with records of one win and two draws. Wales led the Irish 2-1 from the foursomes today but victories by Louise Coffey and Olivia Mehaffey for Ireland in the top two singles cancelled out that advantage and it was nip and tuck down the orders.

Bethan Morris scored a 3 and 2 win for Wales over Maria Dunne and Lauren Hiller was another Welsh winner by one hole over Jessica Carty. Ireland's Jessica Ross holed a birdie putt at the last to snatch a halved match with Kath O'Connor.

Sinead Sexton, playing Becky Harries in the last match to finish, was two up on the 16th tee but lost that hole and had to keep her nerve to halve the last two holes and gain a vital point for Ireland that earned them a draw.

Earlier, Scotland had looked on their way to repeating last year's win over England when they led 2-1 at lunchtime. But the defending champions responded to the pressure by winning five of the six singles through Gemma Clews (6 and 4), Meg MacLaren (6 and 5), Sophie Lamb (3 and 1), Samantha Giles (2 and 1) and Olivia Winning (2 and 1).

Scotland's only winner was Heather Munro by 4 and 2 over Lizzie Prior. So it's Scotland v Ireland and Wales v England to ring down the curtain on the 2016 Ladies Home Internationals. Only the Scots, with two defeats, are not in the title mix


England's eight-year reign as champions of the Girls' Home International matches is over.

After a draw on the first day with Ireland, they were toppled by Scotland who beat England 6-3 at Conwy Golf Club, North Wales today. Ireland, who beat Wales 7-2, will play Scotland in the title decider tomorrow.

Conwy Golf Club
Conwy Golf Club

If the Scots win or even draw with Ireland, they will be girls' champions for the first time since 2007.

Ireland, who have never won the Under-18s title, will end the lean years if they can beat the Scots, as they did last year by a 6-3 margin.

Twelve months ago England beat Scotland 5.5-3.5 at this level but this is a strong Scots side with Hazel MacGarvie and Jillian Farrell twin towers of strength in the foursomes and in the singles.

Scotland took a 2.5-0.5 lead from the foursomes and that became a 3pt lead when Shannon McWilliam found her best form late in a 3 and 2 win over England's Lily-May Humphreys in the top singles.

Humphreys was one up after 12 holes but then McWilliam produced the victory surge by winning the 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th for victory.

England had the better of the middle-order singles ties with Emily Price beating Joanne Free 2 and 1, and Louisa Brunt winning by 2 and 1 over Jennifer Rankine, while Amelia Williamson had a square match with Louise Duncan.

It was left to the "Young Firm" of Farrell and MacGarvie to wrap things up for Scotland. Farrell won by 5 and 3 against the highly rated Annabel Fuller, and MacGarvie, Scotland's U18s girls champion, polished off the challenge of Isobel Wardle by 4 and 3.

But Scotland will need to raise their game one more time against Ireland who were impressive 7-2 winners today against Wales. The Irish took the foursomes 3-0 and the singles 4-2.

Julie McCarthy set the ball rolling in the afternoon for the Irish with an 8 and 6 win over Lucy Jones in the lead-off singles.

Annabel Wilson won the 17th and the 18th for a one-hole win over Carys Worby before Caitlin Evans Brand score a one-hole win for England against the talented Mairead Martin. One down with two to play, Evans-Brand won both the 17th and 18th for a come-from-behind victory.

And Harriet Evans scored a second Welsh singles win. She beat Rachel Thompson by 3 and 2 by winning the 11th, 14th and 16th holes while her opponent could reply with only one success after taking the fifth and sixth holes - at the 13th.

But the Irish were not to be denied. Niamh McSherry was a 4 and 2 winner over Ffion Vineall. McSherry's wins at the ninth, 10th and 11th holes tipped the scales her way. And Lauren Walsh was a 4 and 3 winner over Nicola Wainwright after winning the first four holes and getting to five up after 13.