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England Boys ease through to face Italy
12th July 2012

Toby Tree (Image Tom Ward)

England will meet leading qualifiers Italy in the semi-finals of the European Boys Team Championship in Sweden after easing past Ireland in the quarter finals.

The clash with the Irish was always close but England secured a place in the last four with a 4-3 victory at Lindingo, Toby Tree (Image © Tom Ward) producing the vital win.

The two morning foursomes were shared, Tree and Ashton Turner securing a fine 3&1 win over Gavin Moynihan and John-Ross Galbraith.

But Max Orrin and Matthew Fitzpatrick saw a one-hole lead slip at the last when they made five from the fairway. They then lost the 19 th to a birdie, the Irish holing from eight feet while Orrin missed from slightly nearer.

In the singles, Orrin was up against it from the start against Moynihan and was 3-down through 12. He hit back with a birdie-four at 13 and a winning par at the next. But he lost the 16 th to a par and Moynihan closed out the game 2&1 with a par-three on 17.

Fitzpatrick got off to a flier against William Russell and was generally in command to run out a 5&3 winner, but Turner was always trailing to Alex Gleeson and went down 4&3.

That left the Irish with a 3-2 lead but Patrick Kelly raced 5-up through 12 holes against Galbraith and although he was pegged back, he held on to win 2&1 to put the scores level again.

In the final game, Tree and Robin Dawson were neck-and-neck for most of their game but Tree edged ahead on the back nine. The 16 th was halved in sixes after both players found the lateral hazard but Tree hit a fine tee shot on 17 to 15 feet and two-putted for par while Dawson missed the green left and failed to get up-and-down.

Italy, who were clear qualifiers, lost both the foursomes against Scotland but hit back to drop just half a point from the five singles to take the match 4 ½ - 2 ½ .

In the other quarter finals, Sweden beat France 5-2 and Germany overcame Norway 4-3.


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