Ireland fourth after narrow defeat to England

Ronan MacNamara

Robert Brazill (Photo by Ramsey Cardy/R&A via Getty Images)

Ireland came away from the Men’s Octagonal Matches in fourth place after defeat to England in Cadiz.

Both sides were contesting the third and fourth place playoff after suffering defeats on Friday.

In a tightly contested tie, Ireland came out on the wrong side of a marginal 5-4 defeat after winning one of the afternoon singles matches.

The Boys in Green edged the morning foursomes 2-1 after Rob Brazill and Joshua Hill won 2&1 in the anchor match while US Mid-Am winner Matt McClean and North and South champion Hugh Foley were beaten 1UP in the top match.

Peter O’Keeffe and Liam Nolan did their chances of Walker Cup inclusion no harm with their third win as they eased to a 4&3 win.

England took control of the singles with McClean going down 2&1 to Frank Kennedy in the opening match before O’Keeffe and Nolan were beaten on 18.

King of the half points this week was Mullingar Scratch Cup winner Hill and he shared the spoils with talented amateur Harley Smith.

Connacht Strokeplay champion Brazill got a half with Seb Cave before Nolan lost the decisive anchor match.

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