Ireland suffered a comprehensive 13.5-7.5 defeat to England on the opening day of the Boys’ and Girls’ Home Internationals at Downfield in Scotland.
Knock’s Katie Poots picked up wins in both her matches, partnering Roscommon’s Olivia Costello to a foursomes win over Rosie Bee Kim and Isla McDonald O’Brien in the morning before adding a singles win over Amelia Wan, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the loss.
Clandeboye’s Rebekah Gardner and Elm Park’s Emma Fleming combined for a foursomes win, with Malone’s Fionn Dobbin adding a singles victory, but Ireland will now look to bounce back in their second match today.
Meanwhile, the Men’s and Women’s Home Internationals get under way at Ballyliffin today as hosts Ireland begin their title bid against Scotland.
Ulster are represented by Kirkistown’s Beth Coulter, Warrenpoint’s Colm Campbell and Malone’s Matthew McClean, with the day split into two sessions of foursomes and singles.