England Boys on back foot after Irish defeat

Ashton Turner

After losing narrowly to Ireland, England must beat the old enemy Scotland tomorrow (Thursday) if they are to retain the Boys Home Internationals at Forest Pines.

England went down 7-8 to the Irish, holding them 6-6 in the singles after being edged out 2-3 in the morning foursomes.

“It was very disappointing,” said England team manager Derek Hughes. “We have very good performances from the middle order but we didn’t get anything from the top three matches.

“Normally you expect to get at least a point from there but it was a day when the big names didn’t deliver. You can’t take anything away from Ireland but the lads are sure to go out tomorrow to make up for today.”

The morning foursomes was a session of low scoring as both teams took full advantage of benign conditions at the tree-lined parkland course.

The best scoring of all came from the second match where the English pairing of local Ashton Turner (Image © Leaderboard Photography) and Haydn McCullen were simply too hot to handle.They defeated the experienced Paul McBride and Jack Walsh 6&5 in an exemplary display of precision and ball striking.

The English duo recorded seven consecutive birdies from the second hole, or put another way, Ireland were two under after nine holes but found themselves four down.

The pairing of Harry Ellis and Ben Amor teamed up for the second day and enjoyed a comprehensive 5&3 win over Alec Myles and Rowan Lester. They raced 4-up after six holes before Ireland rallied. However, Ellis and Amor closed out the match with a birdie at the 15th.

The Irish pair of Jordan Hood and Gareth Lappin never trailed against Robert Burlison and Bobby Keeble and ran out 2&1 winners with a birdie at the 17th and it was a similar story for Sean Flanagan and Ronan Mullarney in the bottom match against Jack Singh Brar and Bradley Moore and they also won on the 17th by 3&1.

It meant the decisive match was the top tie where Ireland’s Robin Dawson and James Sugrue were one down with three to play before turning it around and winning on the 18th against Adam Chapman and Marco Penge.

In the singles, the top three matches went Ireland’s way with Chapman, Penge and Turner all losing, Turner by 5&4 and the other two on the final green. With the middle order of McCullen, Burlison, Amor and Singh Brar all coming out on top, it left the score at 6-6. But only Keeble managed to achieve a victory, winning 3&2, but Moore and Ellis were both on the wrong end of their scorlines.