Irish dash England’s Euro title hopes

Tony McLure

England’s hopes of regaining the European Senior Men’s Team Championships title they last held in 2010 were dashed when they went down 3-2 to defending champions Ireland in the semi-finals at Sierra Golf Club in Poland.

Now Richard Palmer’s new-look team must beat Scotland tomorrow (Saturday) to secure the third place bronze medals for the third successive year.

When Alan Mew and Tony McLure (Image © Leaderboard Photography) won the morning foursomes at the 19th, beating Tom Cleary and Michael Quirke, England’s hopes were high.

But with Stephen East losing 3 and 2 to Adrian Morrow and Richard Latham being beaten 4 and 3 by Arthur Pierse, the balance swung to the Irish.

Although Clive Jones gave England hope with a 4 and 2 win over John Mitchell, Maurice Kelly sealed England’s fate when he edged home by 1 hole against Andrew Stracey.

Ireland will now meet 2011 and 2012 champions Sweden, who beat the Scots 3½ – 1½ in the other semi-final, for the European crown.