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England in prime position at Boys Home Internationals after morning foursomes win over Scotland

If Scotland are to successfully defend their Boys Home Internationals title they will have to come from behind after England won the morning foursomes 4-1 on the final day at Ballyliffin Golf Club in Donegal.

England were clearly in determined mood as Derek Hughes’ side attempt to win back the title they last won at Western Gailes in 2014. Scotland are hoping to hold onto the trophy they won at Conwy (Caernarvonshire) Golf Club in Wales last year.

Top pairing Matty Lamb and Oliver defeated Scotland's in-form Jamie Stewart and Scottish Boys champion Eric McIntosh 6&5.

Despite the elements affecting play for the third consecutive day, the English duo still managed to find birdies on the Glashedy Links. One of the most dramatic, was Lamb's pitch-in from 30-yards short of the green,at the 11th, to go five-up.

The England win also ended Stewart's run as the only player to hold a 100 per cent personal win record.

Toby Briggs and Daniel O’Loughlin were always in control against Darren Howie and Marc Watt, with the English pair drilling some great irons into the wind. When Watt missed his birdie effort at the 16th, the match was conceded and an English victory of 4&2 recorded.

It was a similar story in the match behind as Alex Fitzpatrick, brother to European Tour player Matt, and Callum Farr won 5&3 against Sam Locke and Michael Lawrie, son of Champion Golfer of The year 1997 Paul Lawrie..   

Michael Gilbert and Harry Goddard added England’s fourth point of the morning with their two-hole win over Graeme Greer and Lewis Irvine in the bottom match. The English pair had been comfortable but the Scottish duo came back to force the match to the 18th. However, an errant tee shot cost them in the end.

England's Harry Goddard tees off at Ballyliffin Golf Club.
England's Harry Goddard tees off at Ballyliffin Golf Club.

Scotland’s solitary win of the morning came in the second match when Ben Ferguson and Rory Franssen ran out 3&2 winners against Charlie Strickland and John Gough.

Hosts Ireland have endured a difficult week on home soil and today Wales enjoyed their first foursomes win in six years, taking the session 3-2.

Although the top two matches were wins for Ireland, the Wales lower order was decisive with three wins.

Ireland's number one Thomas Mulligan recorded his first win of the week as he and Marc McKinstry defeated Wales Boys champion Oliver Brown and Lawrence Vargas 4&3.

Mark Power and John Murphy quickly followed with another point for Ireland with their 4&2 win over Matthew Harris and Tomos Jones.

From there the points all went in Wales' direction. Billy Truman and Luke Harries were decisive 8&6 winners over Cameron Raymond and Alan Fahy, while Liam Pritchard and Jacob Davies won 4&2 against Ross Kelly and Andrew Mulhall.

Wales’s Harry Frazer and Aled Greville’s won by two-holes against Owen Crooks and Hugh O’Hare in the middle match.

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