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Ireland beat Wales - Now just Scotland to beat on final day
11th August 2011

Ireland produced a stirring display in the singles to beat Wales 11-4 and will head into the final day of the Home Internationals at County Sligo hoping to beat Scotland to clinch the triple crown.

After taking a two-point lead into the singles, the Irish team showed incredible mettle to win seven of the 10 afternoon games - three on the 18th and the other four on the 17th.

The icing on the cake for the large gallery was the performance of home club member Gary McDermott, who shot an eight-under 63 for a one-hole victory in a tremendous match against Richard Bentham, who himself carded 64.

In the foursomes the partnerships of Paul Cutler and Kevin Phelan, and Eddie McCormack and Alan Dunbar, recorded their second wins of the series against the pairings of Richard Bentham and Richard Hooper and Rhys Enoch and James Frazer, by 4/3 and 3/2 respectively.

Wales hit back with a final-hole victory for Jason Shufflebotham and Joe Vickery over Richard O'Donovan and Eoin Arthurs, but Paul Dunne and Dermot McElroy fired back for Ireland with a 3/2 victory over David Boote and Ben Westgate.

The final match of the morning saw McDermott and Niall Gorey share the honours with Welsh pair Rhys Pugh and Oliver Farr after both sides saw their birdie efforts at the final hole agonisingly shave the hole.

In the afternoon singles, Wales started strongly and at one stage led Ireland in six matches, but as the afternoon unfolded, Ireland asserted dominance.

Cutler beat Enoch 2/1 to put another point on the board for the home team, and then Dunbar clawed his way back from three down after three to halve with Shufflebotham.

McCormack won the last to clinch victory over Alastair Jones, and then Phelan made the most of a fast start to beat Irish Amateur Open champion Rhys Pugh by 2/1.

Aaron Kearney beat Farr also by 2/1, and then McDermott rolled in his eighth birdie of the day at the 18th to see off Bentham in the match of the series so far.

Wales scored two late consolation points when Boote beat McElroy 3/2 and Vickery beat Dunne 2/1, but in the last match Gorey sealed Ireland's day with a 2/1 win over Frazer, giving the Muskerry man his first full point of the week after halving his first three matches.

England, meanwhile, comprehensively made amends for their opening defeat to Ireland, accounting for Scotland by 10½ to 4½.

England hit the ground running in the foursomes, with Jack Senior and Andrew Sullivan beating Michael Stewart and Ross Kellett by 2/1.

James Byrne and Graeme Robertson fought hard for Scotland to earn a half against Steven Brown and Neil Raymond.

When David Law and Paul Shields won for Scotland on the final green against Craig Hinton and Ben Loughrey, the score was tied but England finished strongly with Dave Coupland and Garrick Porteous beating Kris Nicol and Greg Paterson by 4/3, and then Ben Taylor and Ben Stow clinching victory on the final green against James White and Philip McLean.

In the afternoon, the match result was never in doubt, with England scoring three early points when Sullivan beat Stewart 4/3, Porteous beat Gibson 7/6 and Tyrrell Hatton came in to beat Robertson 6/5.

Law saw off Brown by 2/1 to add to Scotland's woes, but Byrne and Paterson fought bravely to halve their matches with Senior and Raymond respectively.

However, England put the exclamation point on their victory when Coupland beat McLean and Loughrey beat Nicol - both on the 18th - while White and Kellett grabbed late consolation victories over Hinton (on the 18th) and Taylor (by 2/1) respectively.

Ireland play Scotland looking to win the triple crown in the second match on Friday, with the foursomes starting at 8.15am. England, who will be looking to capitalise on any Irish slip-up to retain the Raymond Trophy, need to beat Wales in their match, which commences at 7.30am.

Thursday 11 August 2011

Ireland 11 Wales 4 (Ireland names first)

Foursomes: K Phelan & P Cutler bt R Bentham & R Hooper 4/3; A Dunbar & E McCormack bt R Enoch & J Frazer 3/2; R O'Donovan & E Arthurs lost to J Shufflebotham & J Vickery 1 hole; P Dunne & D McElroy bt D Boote & B Westgate 3/2; N Gorey & G McDermott halved with R Pugh & O Farr.

Singles: P Cutler bt R Enoch 2/1; A Dunbar halved with J Shufflebotham; E McCormack bt A Jones 1 hole; K Phelan bt R Pugh 2/1; A Kearney bt O Farr 2/1; G McDermott bt R Bentham 1 hole; D McElroy lost to D Boote 3/2; R O'Donovan bt B Westgate 2 holes; P Dunne lost to J Vickery 2/1; N Gorey bt J Frazer 2/1.

England 10.5 Scotland 4.5 (England names first)

Foursomes: J Senior & A Sullivan bt M Stewart & R Kellett 2/1; S Brown & N Raymond halved with J Byrne & G Robertson; C Hinton & B Loughrey lost to D Law & P Shields 1 hole; D Coupland & G Porteous bt K Nicol & G Paterson 4/3; B Taylor & B Stow bt J White & P McLean 1 hole.

Singles: A Sullivan bt M Stewart 4/3; S Brown bt D Law 2/1; J Senior halved with J Byrne; N Raymond halved with G Paterson; G Porteous bt S Gibson 7/6; T Hatton bt G Robertson 6/5; D Coupland bt P McLean 1 hole; B Loughrey bt K Nicol 1 hole; C Hinton lost to J White 1 hole; B Taylor lost to R Kellett 2/1.

Friday 12 August 2011

Order of Play

0730 England v Wales
(England names first)

J Senior & A Sullivan v R Enoch & J Frazer; S Brown & N Raymond v R Pugh & O Farr; C Hinton & B Loughrey v J Shufflebotham & J Vickery; D Coupland & G Porteous v A Jones & R Hooper; B Taylor & B Stow v B Westgate & R Bentham.


A Sullivan v R Enoch; S Brown v O Farr; J Senior v R Pugh; N Raymond v J Shufflebotham; G Porteous v A Jones; T Hatton v D Boote; D Coupland v R Bentham; B Loughrey v B Westgate; C Hinton v J Vickery; B Taylor v J Frazer.

0815 Ireland v Scotland

(Ireland names first)

P Cutler & K Phelan v D Law & P Shields; E Arthurs & R O'Donovan v M Stewart & R Kellett; A Dunbar & E McCormack v J Byrne & S Gibson; D McElroy & P Dunne v K Nicol & G Paterson; N Gorey & G McDermott v J White & P McLean.

Singles 1345

P Cutler v J Byrne; A Dunbar v D Law; E McCormack v M Stewart; K Phelan v R Kellett; A Kearney v G Paterson; G McDermott v P Shields; D McElroy v G Robertson; R O'Donovan v P McLean; P Dunne v K Nicol; N Gorey v J White.


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