Liam Nolan claimed a crucial point in the afternoon but it wasn’t enough as Ireland slipped to a narrow 4.5-2.5 defeat to Denmark in the semi-final of the European Team Championships Flight A.
Caolan Rafferty and Matt McClean won their second foursomes match together to put the first point on the board for Ireland following a 2&1 victory. However, after Max Kennedy and Alex Maguire lost their match, it was all to play for in the afternoon singles at Royal Waterloo.
The Danish were too strong though and Frederik Kjettrup defeated Mark Power 2&1, Gustav Frimodt had a comprehensive 7&5 win against Kennedy before Mads Laage secured their place in the decider with a 3&2 success at the expense of Maguire.
Nolan did win his match, he beat Jens Kristian Thysted 4&2, while McClean halved his match with Jacob Skov Olesen.
The Boys’ team advanced from the Flight B semi-final thanks to a rallying display from Sean Keeling which yielded a 1up win over Mads Viemose Larsen, in a 3.5 to 1.5 win against Denmark.
Mark Gazi and Fionn Dobbin were also victorious in their matches while Gavin Tiernan secured a half from his fixture and Jack Murphy lost out in Golf Club de Geneve.
The Girls’ team were victorious in France as they edged out Denmark 3-2. Katie Poots and Anna Abom won their foursomes match 3&2 followed by an early win from Marina Joyce Moreno, 7&5.
The overall score was 2-2 and it came down to Kate Dillon’s match. She beat her opponent on the 23rd hole to secure the win for Ireland. They will face England in the morning as they battle it out for fifth place.
The Women’s team lost out 3-2 to Sweden in the second round of match play. Sara Byrne led the singles matches out again today and put the first point on the board for Ireland with a 1up victory.
Kate Lanigan was the last match out and she secured a 2&1 win to give Ireland its second point of the day but it wasn’t enough. They will face France on Saturday with seventh place on offer.