England men lose Euro crown and boys are also beaten

Toby Tree

Defending champions England lost their grip on the European Men’s Team Championship when they were beaten 5-2 by Ireland in the semi-finals in Linna.

Having won the title so well last year and shown superb form to reach the last four, the England team were outplayed by the Irish on a bad Friday in Finland.

The morning foursomes were shared with Ryan Evans and Paul Howard beating Cormac Sharvin and Gavin Moynihan 3 and 2 but Ben Stow and Jordan Smith went down 4 and 2 to Paul Dunne and Gary Hurley.

However, Ireland dominated the singles, winning four of the five games to march into the final where they will meet Spain, who beat Scotland 5-2, for the title.

England’s only singles win was secured by Toby Tree (image © Leaderboard Photography) with a one-hole victory over Dunne. Otherwise the boys in green called the shots. Evans went down 4 and 3 to Moynihan, Ashley Chesters lost 5 and 3 to Hurley, while Smith and Stow were each beaten 2 and 1 by Sharvin and Dermot McElroy respectively.

The England team will now face Scotland in the third place match.

Meanwhile the boys long wait for title success in their European Team Championship goes on after they were beaten 5-2 by Italy in their semi-final in Oslo.

It is ten years since England lifted this particular championship but the class of 2014 came up against a powerful Italian line-up who gave themselves a great start by winning both foursomes.

Ashton Turner and Haydn McCullen lost 3 and 2 to Renato Paratore and Guido Migliozzi while Bradley Moore and Jack Singh Brar went down by the same score to Federico Zuckermann and Stefano Mazzoli.

That left the English with a hill to climb in the singles and McCullen and Jamie Dick secured the only victories, McCullen beating Migliozzi by one hole and Dick overcoming Teodoro Soldati by the same margin.

The other three games went to the Italians with Paratore beating Moore 2 and 1, Eduardo Raffaele Lipparelli beating Marco Penge 3 and 2 and Mazzoli coming out on top by two holes against Turner.

England now meet Scotland in the third place match which is not only for the bronze medal at these championships but is also a playoff for the final World Boys Championship spot for next year in Japan.  Meanwhile Italy meet Sweden for the title.