Marina Joyce Moreno earned a half point in the Friday morning foursomes as Great Britain fell two points behind Europe after day one of the Junior Vagliano Trophy in Blairgowrie in Scotland.
Joyce Moreno is the only Irish representative on the team and she was beaten 4&3 in her afternoon singles tie with Lynn van der Sluijs as Europe established a 5.5-3.5 lead after a strong performance in the afternoon singles which saw them win three and halve two of the matches.
The match was level at 1½-1½ after the morning foursomes.
Spain’s Andrea Revuelta Goicoechea led the way with a convincing 3&2 win against the Helen Holm Trophy winner Grace Crawford. Johanna Axelsen and Lynn van der Sluijs followed up with 4&3 victories against Amelia Wan and Marina Joyce Moreno.
England’s Rose Bee Kim gained a point back for GB&I with a 3&2 win against Anna Cañadó Espinal while Maggie Whitehead and Isla McDonald O’Brien halved their matches with Carla De Troia and Perla Sól Sigurbrandsdóttir.
Earlier in the day, van der Sluijs and De Troia emerged triumphant by 2&1 from their match with Crawford and Whitehead. McDonald O’Brien and Wan won the bottom tie against Sigurbrandsdóttir and Axelsen by one hole. The Spanish duo of Cañadó Espinal and Revuelta Goicoechea halved their match with Rosie Bee Kim and Marina Joyce Moreno.
“We’re pretty happy with how the performance went today. There was a lot of good team spirit,” said Myrte Eikenaar, non-playing captain for Europe
“The team is feeling confident, you always come here to win. You can see them fighting for the trophy out there and we believe that we can do it. We obviously have a good record in the match but the pressure builds each year to keep on retaining the trophy. Great Britain and Ireland has a good team so it’s going to be close but fun to see who wins.”
GB&I captain, Janet Melville has promised her side will give it everything to turn around the deficit on Saturday.
“I thought the team did really well today and they’ve gone out and done themselves proud.
“All the matches were close and we’re still in with a shout tomorrow. It wasn’t looking too good at one point this afternoon but they responded really well. Maggie Whitehead got a great halve, Rosie [Bee Kim] won her match and Isla [McDonald O’Brien] was three down but finished all-square.
“We’ll come out all guns firing tomorrow and hopefully we will be ok. They just need to believe in themselves and that they can do it.”