England won the Men’s Home Internationals after a titanic final day battle with Ireland as Scotland finish in third place in Conwy Wales.
In the title decider between Ireland and England, the opening exchanges in the first three games of the morning foursomes were nip and tuck as the players tried to get their country off to a fast start in the battle for the coveted trophy.
The match was evenly poised after the morning foursomes at 2.5 -2.5 with all to play for in the afternoon singles matches. Both teams traded points in the early matches, and it was England’s David Langley who recorded the winning point, defeating Ireland’s Alex Gleeson 2up to take England over the line.
In the remaining two matches Ireland’s Tiarnon McLarnon beat Ben Jones 3&2 to maintain his perfect record for the championship; six out of six. Ronan Mullarney produced three birdies in the last five holes to overturn a three hole deficit and take his match 1up but from an Irish perspective it was in vain as England won the Match 8.5-6.5 and with it the 2018 Home Internationals.
Scotland Defeat Wales to finish Third
Damp and windy conditions greeted the players for the final morning of the 2018 Home Internationals and Scotland, without a win on the board, produced a red-hot start to convincingly win the morning foursomes session 4-1.
In the singles, Scotland’s Ryan Lumsden put the first point on the board defeating Jake Hapgood 4&3. However with Wales no worse than all square in all the other games a Welsh comeback was well and truly underway.
Four birdies in six holes helped Ben Chamberlain turn around a three hole deficit and claim the first Welsh point of the afternoon with a 3&1 win over Calum Fyfe. Paddy Mullins defeated Kieran Cantley 3&2 leaving the overall match score five-three in Scotland’s favour.
Matt Roberts then added a third Welsh point with a 3&2 win over Jim Johnston. Two tight matches followed with Euan Walker edging out Wales’ Tom Williams 2&1 and Kieran Harmon earning another point for Wales with a 1up win over Stephen Roger. Match score six-five to Scotland with three games still out on the course.
Birdies on fourteen and sixteen helped Jacob Davies to a 2&1 win over Scotland’s Jeff Wright to tie up the overall match at 6 points apiece before Stuart Easton took a point for Scotland with a 4&3 win over Archie Davies to leave the overall match at seven-six in Scotland’s favour.
With Wales’ Gaelen Trew three up after fourteen looking likely to claim another Welsh point all eyes were on the penultimate game.
Scotland’s James Wilson was 1-up on the 18th and a stunning pitch to within inches of the hole secured the birdie, the game and the win for Scotland.