Ireland go three from three to win U16 Quadrangular Matches in Wales

Ronan MacNamara
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Ireland go three from three to win U16 Quadrangular Matches in Wales

Ireland Team for the Quadrangular

Ireland topped the group to win the 2022 U16 Quadrangular Matches at Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club in Wales after they won all three of their matches.

Ireland saw off Scotland in a winner takes all tie 8.5-6.5 to win the competition with a 100% record following up wins over Wales and The Netherlands in the first two rounds.

The morning foursomes were postponed due to fog so Ireland and Scotland headed into the afternoon singles locked together on 2.5 points each.

Ireland won 6.5 points in their last seven singles matches against the Dutch on Wednesday and once again it was the girls who came up clutch for the Irish to turn around the singles matches against Scotland.

The Scots who knew only a win would do if they were to pip Ireland to the post started well and roared into a 3-0 lead after Donnacha Cleary, Evan Monaghan and John Doyle were all comprehensively beaten.

Mark Gazi and Charlie Smyth reduced the deficit to a single point with a 2UP and 1UP win in the middle third before Harry McArdle was on the end of a 5&4 drubbing by Scotland’s Harry Bent in the battle of the Harry’s.

Over the course of the three days the quartet of Olivia Costello, Marina Joyce-Moreno, Hannah Guerin and Kate Dillon only lost one singles match – Costello beaten 2UP by Wales’ Annabel Collis – so the girls boasted a formidable record coming into the anchor matches.

With Ireland 4-2 down going into the last four singles matches, the pressure was on the girls to once again pull the rabbit out of the hat. Costello was dogged in securing a 1UP win over Freya Russell before Joyce-Moreno levelled the match with a 2&1 win over Summer Elliot.

Guerin and Dillon achieved 5&4 and 6&5 wins respectively in the bottom two matches to complete a two-point victory for Ireland.

Oughterard’s Dylan and Royal Tara’s Guerin enjoyed stellar weeks picking up 5.5 points out of a possible six to finish joint-top point scorers for Ireland.

Elsewhere Wales picked up their first win of the series with an 8-7 win over The Netherlands who finished pointless to overtake Scotland and finish second.

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