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Ireland are hoping for a repeat of 2008 golf heroics

By Thomas Roberts

Ireland will today attempt to win their first European Amateur Team Championship for six years in Finland.

They overwhelmed England 5-2 at the Vanajanlinna course and now face Spain.

The foursomes ended with each team collecting a point but Ireland, who last won the crown in Turin in 2008, took complete control in the afternoon singles, losing only one match.

Dubliner Gavin Moynihan was again in scintillating form and soon gained the upper hand over Ryan Evans. He went on to win 4&3 to put Ireland in the driving seat. Then, west Waterford's Gary Hurley romped to a 5&3 victory.

It was the brilliant Cormac Sharvin, the 2013 Irish Close champion, who continued his run by clinching the point that took Ireland through, winning 2&1.

Spain earned their place in the final with an emphatic 5.5-1.5 win over Scotland.

Elsewhere, Ireland were beaten by Wales in the European Womens' Team Championship in Slovenia yesterday.

They went down 3-2 and can now only finish 11th in the event but must beat Denmark today.

Meanwhile, in Flight B of the European Boys' Team Championship, Ireland beat the Netherlands 3-2, but in flight B of the European Girls' Championship in Slovakia, the Irish went down 4-1 to the Norwegians.

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