England squad need Sunday best to overhaul on-form Irish

ENGLAND will need to conjure up a Sunday singles fightback if they are to overturn a day one deficit in the Under 16 international challenge match against Ireland.

A strong Irish squad hold a 10.5-7.5 lead going into the final day of the combined boys/girls international clash at Hunstanton GC in Norfolk.

Ireland won both sessions – morning foursomes and afternoon singles – to go into the final day of action in a winning position.

However, with 12 singles matches to come there’s still all to play for as England look to repeat the victory achieved last year in this fixture on Irish soil at Limerick GC.

Ireland laid the foundations for a halfway lead when they won the foursomes session by a 4-2 margin.

England’s points came courtesy of Rafiah Banday and Lydia Cryer’s 4&3 victory over Anna Dawson and Emily Murray and a 3&2 success for the pairing of Lottie Woad (pictured above) and Rachel Gourley against Corinna Griffin and Emma Fleming.

The singles were keenly contested with Ireland narrowly edging the session by a 6.5-5.5 score.

Josh Berry (pictured above), Hugh Adams and Harley Smith put points on the board for England’s boys.

For the girls, Cryer and Gourley came up trumps again with singles victories, while Banday – unbeaten against Ireland last year and maintaining her form in 2019 – halved her match with Emily Murray.

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