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Downie to the last 16 at North of Ireland Championships

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Downie faced last year’s winner Sean Flanagan (Co Sligo) in the first round and, despite needing extra holes, held his nerve to win at the 20th. Playing Belvoir Park’s Marc Norton in round two, Downie continued to excel, this time recording a resounding 6&5 success.

Dundalk’s Caolan Rafferty, who won the silver medal as leading qualifier, beat Stackstown’s John McCarthy 3&2 before dispatching Dungannon’s Dwayne Mallon in round two.

Kinsale’s John Murphy had to go the distance with South Africa’s Kiet van der Weele but he far less stress in round two, beating Castlerock’s Andrew Mulholland quite comfortably.

Also through to the last 16 are: Gareth Lappin (Belvoir Park), Colin Fairweather (Knock), Darragh Coghlan (Portmarnock), Alan Fa hy (Dun Laoighaire), Ross Dutton (Tandragee), Alex Gleeson (Castle), Eugene Smith (Laytown & Bettystown), Finlay Mason (England), Paul Murphy (Rosslare), Jonathan Yates (Naas), Ronan Mullarney (Galway), Cian Geraghty (Laytown & Bettystown)  and Rowan Lester (Hermitage).

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