Semi-final defeats for Ireland at Senior European Championships

Ronan MacNamara

Laura Webb (Photo by Richard Martin-Roberts/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Both Ireland’s Senior Men and Women saw their European Championships come to an end at the semi-final stage as they were beaten by Sweden and Germany respectively. 

The men suffered a 3.5-1.5 defeat to the Swedes with all four singles matches going the distance but it was the Scandinavians who came out on the right side of a tight contest in Estonia. 

Meanwhile the women’s side went down by the same scoreline to the Germans in Slovakia. 

There was heartbreak for the men’s side this morning.  

After Jody Fanagan and Eamonn Haugh kickstarted things with a 4&3 win in the foursomes match before they sat back and watched the drama unfold. 

Thursday’s hero John O’Brien, Christopher O’Connor and David Mulholland all suffered 18th hole defeats while Galway’s Joe Lyons, who was Ireland’s leading qualifier, shared the spoils in his match with Mariusz Eriksson in a tie that had become redundant following three successive singles wins for Sweden. 

Despite being beaten by the same score, the Irish women’s side suffered a much more comprehensive defeat in terms of where the matches were lost. 

Foursomes stalwarts Carol Wickham and Maria O’Reilly suffered a 19th hole loss in the top match before Laura Webb levelled the tie with a comfortable 5&3 win in the top singles match. 

Tracey Eakin went down by two holes after forcing her match to the 18th with Sibylle Gabler while Lisa Cullen suffered a 5&3 loss to Stephanie Kiefer. 

Alison Taylor came away with a half point in the bottom match. 

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