The Continent of Europe lead Great Britain and Ireland 8½-7½ going into the afternoon singles matches on day two of The Jacques Leglise Trophy after the morning foursomes matches were tied at Ballybunion.
GB&I claimed the first point of the morning foursomes to level the match at 6½-6½ after Robin Williams and Thomas Plumb delivered an excellent 4&3 win over Falko Hanisch and Adrien Dumont de Chassart.
The teams traded holes between the 4th and 8th to arrive at the par four 9th all-square where a bogey five by Hanisch and Dumont de Chassart began a losing run of four consecutive holes to put Williams and Plumb 4up after the 12th.
A birdie on the short par three 14th reduced the deficit marginally but the match was closed out on the following hole after the visitors could only make a bogey five on the 15th.
Alex Fitzpatrick and Toby Briggs halved their match with Eduard Rousand Sabate and Pedro Lencart Silva. The encounter was evenly balanced for its duration with both pairings enjoying a hold of the lead during the front nine.
A bogey five by Fitzpatrick and Briggs saw them fall behind by one hole but recovered to win the 14th hole to return parity to the contest. They went 1up on the 17th after Rousand Sabate and Lencart Silva bogeyed but the opportunity to seal the match was lost on the 18th after a bogey by Fitzpatrick and Briggs.
Continent of Europe back in front
The Continent of Europe regained the lead after Matias Honkala and Markus Braadlie won 2&1 against Luke Harries and Darren Howie.
The Scandinavian duo looked like they were home and dry after going 5up on the 13th but Harries and Howie rallied to win three holes in-a-row and put pressure on their opponents going up the 17th. Honkala and Braadlie showed their resolve to close the match out on the penultimate hole, however, and put their side 8-7 up.
It looked as if Mark Power and Ben Jones would secure a crucial point against David Nyfjall and Rasmus Hojgaard to leave the two sides level at 8-8 going into the afternoon singles but a bogey five on the par four 18th left the home side to rue a missed opportunity.
Power and Jones were 3up at the turn after securing three consecutive holes from the 5th but after losing the 11th and 16th holes, their lead looked in a precarious position as the match reached the 18th. And so it was to prove as Nyfjall and Hojgaard won the hole with a crucial par to seal a vital halve point.
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