Ireland’s Octagonal hopes dashed in Spain

Ronan MacNamara

Matthew McClean (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Ireland saw their chances of winning the Men’s Octagonal Matches come to an end after they were beaten by hosts and holders Spain in Cadiz.

The Boys in Green were downed 6.5-2.5 by the Spaniards and will now face England in a third and fourth place playoff.

Royal Dublin’s Hugh Foley was back in the fold having been sidelined by a stomach bug for Ireland’s opening two matches and he partnered Malone’s Matthew McClean as the pair looked to continue their imperious record together after winning three from three last year.


However, they came out on the wrong side of a 2&1 margin to Jorge Siyuan Hao and Jose Antonio Sintes after Galway’s Liam Nolan and Douglas’ Peter O’Keeffe lost by the same score to Angel Ayora and Alejandro Aguilera.

Naas’ Rob Brazill and Galgorm’s Joshua Hill dug in to ensure Ireland weren’t whitewashed in the morning foursomes as they secured a half point.

Carlos Abril was unable to compete for the hosts, another sufferer of the stomach bug that ran riot throughout the camps of several teams, meaning South American Amateur champion Nolan had to sit and hope his teammates could win four of the five singles matches and turn the tide.

US Mid-Am champion McClean picked up Ireland’s only singles win in the anchor match of the afternoon after Brazill (2&1), O’Keeffe (5&4) and North and South of Ireland winner Foley (2&1) were beaten in the opening three ties.

Mullingar Scratch Cup winner Hill came away with his second half of the day.

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