Scotland made a convincing start to the defence of their Boys Home Internationals title by winning the morning foursomes matches 4-1 against Wales at Ballyliffin Golf Club in Donegal.
Hosts Ireland will take a narrow 3-2 lead into the afternoon singles against England.
Today’s morning session began in testing conditions as sporadic showers and winds from the Atlantic whipped across the Glashedy Links on the Inishowen Peninsula, one of Ireland’s most northerly golf courses.
Although Scott Knowles’ Scotland side will take a commanding lead into the singles, the matches were closer than the scoreboards suggested as four out of the five matches went the distance.
Darren Howie and Marc Watt’s 2&1 win over Liam Pritchard and Jacob Davies in the bottom match was the only tie to conclude before the 18th hole.
In the top match, Jamie Stewart and Eric McIntosh put the first point on the board for the Scots with a win by two holes over Laurence Vargas and Matthew Harris.
The second game was nip and tuck all the way before Scottish pair Rory Franssen and Ben Ferguson stood on the 18th tee all-square with Rowan Warren and Luke Harries. Franssen holed a four-foot par putt on the final green, while Harries followed him in to secure the first half point for Chris King’s Wales side.
Tomos Jones missed a six foot putt for par on the same green as he and Oliver Brown narrowly lost by one hole to Aberdonian duo Michael Lawrie and Sam Locke.
Aled Greville and Harry Frazer were one-up playing the 18th but the Welsh pair were unable to secure their par as Carluke’s Graeme Weir kept his nerve to hole from six feet to secure another halved match.
In the Ireland-England match, some of the foursomes results were more clear cut. In the top match Matty Lamb and Oliver Clarke were 3&1 winners over Marc McKinstry and Thomas Mulligan to secure England’s first point.
However, the Northern Irish pair of Owen Crooks and Hugh O’Hare ran out convincing 5&3 winners against John Gough and Michael Gilbert to draw the home side level. In the bottom tie Andrew Mulhall and John Murphy secured a second point for Ireland with their 3&2 win over Alex Fitzpatrick and Angus Flanagan, only for Charlie Strickland and Harry Goddard to level proceedings for England with their one-hole win over John Brady and Mark Power.
The outcome of the foursomes came down to Cameron Raymond and Alan Fahy’s match against England’s Toby Briggs and Daniel O’Loughlin. An errant tee shot and lost ball at the 18th meant the hole was conceded by the English pair, losing the match by one-hole to give Cathal McConn's Irish team a narrow lead.
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