Castletroy’s Chloe Ryan was the hero as Ireland’s Women sneaked a one-point win against hosts Scotland on the opening day of the Home Internationals at Downfield Golf Club.
Ryan’s 1UP win over Louise Duncan in their singles match proved the crucial point in a ding-dong battle between the two sides that Ireland eventually came out on top of, 5-4.
Lurgan’s Annabel Wilson and Clandeboye’s Jessica Ross put Ireland’s first point on the board with a 3&2 win in game one but Ireland’s backs were against the wall when they went down in the next three matches.
Ireland needed some inspiration in the singles and it came in the shape of Ross who destroyed Hannah Darling 6&5 before Castlewarden’s Lauren Walsh got the women in green right back in the match with a 4&3 win over Penny Brown.
On debut, Cork’s Rachel Thompson was unable to add another point for Ireland but when Lisburn’s Paula Grant, out in the last game, got her match done early with a 3&2 win, it left the tie hinging on Ryan who duly delivered to upset the home side and give Ireland the perfect start on which to build.
Meanwhile, in the other match-up, signs were ominous as England’s women destroyed Wales 8-1.
There was double joy for Ireland as the Girls in green also overcame the hosts in their respective encounter.
In another strong singles performance, Elm Park’s Anna Foster (6&5), Douglas’ Sara Byrne (2&1), Tramore’s Anna Dawson (2&1) and Lahinch’s Aine Donegan (6&4) all secured big victories to help Ireland to a comfortable 6-3 win.
In the other match, England also secured a straightforward 6-3 win over Wales.