John Brady remains in contention despite a second day four-over-par 74 at the Lytham Trophy at Royal Lytham & St Annes.
The Rosslare man failed to recreate the fireworks of an opening round 68 but sits just six shots behind Royal Liverpool’s Matthew Jordan at the head of affairs.
Brady has compatriot Caolan Rafferty for company in a tie for 9th after the Dundalk player followed his first round 69 with a 73 to share a top ten spot at two-over-par.
Overnight leader, England’s Billy McKenzie, went eight worse than yesterday to sit four shots behind the lead on level par.
Massereene’s Tiarnan McLarnon struggled to back up his opening 71 with a 75 and a plus five total however a top-40 and ties cut meant that Dun Laoghaire’s Colin Woodroofe and the Castle’s Alex Gleeson found themselves some way adrift in a tie for 59th on nine-over-par.
The Lytham Trophy is a 72-hole stroke play event and after a 36-hole cut, the top 40 and ties progress to the final day where the remaining players face another 36 holes. There have been three previous Irish winners: Tom Craddock (1969), Martin Sludds (1982) and Paul Cutler (2010).