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Nutt delighted with Irish display despite England edging title


Ireland yesterday missed out on winning the Under-25 Home International Championship for only the second time, but manager Michael Nutt was far from despondent.

One of the youngest teams ever to pull on the Irish shirt at this level, may have been pipped to the big prize at Elgin, but they certainly enhanced their reputation.

“We were still very much in the hunt for the title going into the final day. England are a very strong side and were always favourites to win it,” said Nutt.

The top Irish performer was undoubtedly Matthew Crawford, who skipped his rink to three wins, which was a phenomenal feat in that class of company.

Ireland 128 Wales 115 (R Kirkwood 34 R Owen 14, M Crawford 22 D Salmon 18, D O’Kane 25 J Breen 12, W Boyd 15 L Bouse 29, S Kirkwood 13 R Thomas 23, D Atkinson 19 L Stone 19).

Scotland 108 England 113 England 108 Wales 108

Scotland 150 Ireland 101 (P Kane jnr 30 S Kirkwood 12, R O’Malley 21 D Atkinson 26, C Milne 30 R Kirkwood 17, J Mower 17 M Crawford 20, A Barrie 30 D O’Kane 12, J Fleming 22 W Boyd 14).

Scotland 120 Wales 130

Ireland 86 England 126 (D O’Kane 13 M Coombes 23, W Boyd 16 J Walker 21, S Kirkwood 10 R Atkins 26, D Atkinson 10 R Whitlock 24, R Kirkwood 19 M Heitzman 18, M Crawford 18 N Kitchen 14).

Final positions: 1 England 5pts; 2 Wales 3pts ; 3 Scotland 2pts 4 Ireland 2pts .

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