Matthew McClean showed his class on day three of the Eisenhower Trophy as Ireland enjoyed a good moving day in France.
The Malone golfer carded a three-under 69 while Kilkenny’s Mark Power backed him up with a one-under 71 as the Boys in Green registered a four-under combined total.
Castle’s Robert Moran carded two doubles on his way to a three-over 75 and his card was not counted.
Everyone has pulled their weight for Ireland with all three players having at least one card to count in the scoring.
Ireland are T-27th heading into the final round on three-under, twenty shots behind Sweden who lead Italy, Japan and USA by one.
McClean started well with an opening birdie before giving it back on the second.
The Optometrist by trade birdied three of his next four holes after gains on the fourth, fifth and seventh and a bogey on eight saw him turn in 34.
Seven straight pars on the back nine were arrested by a welcome birdie on 17 as he moved to one-over-par and 62nd place, 38 places higher than he began the day.
Power of Wake Forest University is still the leading Irishman on two-under and inside the top-40.
The US Amateur participant registered, two birdies, an eagle and three bogeys.
Japan’s Taiga Semikawa will take a five-shot lead into Saturday on eighteen-under after a 69.