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Ireland win Ladies Senior Home Internationals

  • Ireland win the Ladies Senior Home Internationals at Newport
  • Irish defeat England in final day deciding match
  • Wales finish third and Scotland in fourth place.

Ireland have won the Senior Ladies Home Internationals after defeating England 4½-3½ in a winner-takes-all deciding match at Newport today.

Ireland win the Ladies Senior Home Internationals at Newport
Ireland win the Ladies Senior Home Internationals at Newport

The two sides came into the final day level on two points each after both nations had defeated Scotland and Wales over the course of the first two days.

The morning foursomes were shared 1½-1½.

Julie Brown and Aileen Greenfield picked up a point for England after a comprehensive 5&4 win over Catherine Reilly and Margaret McAuliffe but Suzanne Corcoran and Gertie McMullen responded for Ireland after defeating Jackie Foster and Felicity Christine by two holes.

The third match between English pair Lulu Housman and Caroline Berry and Laura Webb and Sheena McElroy was halved to leave the outcome of the afternoon singles as the deciding factor in the destination of the trophy.

Brown edged England in front with a 3&1 success against Corcoran only for McMullen to narrowly beat Fiona Edmond by one hole to restore parity to the contest.

Foster defeated Mary MacLaren 2&1 to seemingly put England within touching distance of the trophy, only to be thwarted by McElroy winning her match against Berry by two holes and Webb sealing the match for Ireland with her 3&1 victory over Housman.

In the other contest, Wales and Scotland finished 4-4 and level in the table overall on a half point apiece. Wales finished in third place courtesy of a superior points record in the matches played.

 View all the results from the Ladies Senior Home Internationals here.