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Booth praises young guns as Ireland look for the positives

 

By Alex Mills

Ireland manager Neil Booth insists his young team can hold their heads high following there showing in the Under-25 Home International Series at Belmont over the weekend.

The Irish youngsters may have managed only a third-place finish, after yesterday's defeat by England, but Booth believes the positives easily outweighed the negatives after the two-day event.

It didn't start well as the Irish fell to a 34-shots defeat to Scotland - the eventual champions - in their opener, but they bounced back to claim a 20 shots victory against Wales.

That result kept the Irish - with six debutants and one recall to the side that finished runners-up to the Scots 12 months ago - in with a shout of lifting the title for the first time since Londonderry back in 2010.

However, England yesterday scuppered any chances of a home celebration by running out 29 shot winners.

Booth, however, was full of praise for his team, saying: "They can be proud of their performance. The aim is to progress "

Results

Ireland 98 Scotland 132: A McKeown 11 C Milne 19, R Kirkwood 19 J Banks 18, M Jones 15 L McKay 22, J Watson 15 C Burns 24, J Moffett 22 J Fleming 18, S Kirkwood 16 P Kane 31.

England 146 Wales 97: S Steel 15 R Owen 15, L Sabatini 24 J Davies 16, N Kitchen 27 D Hardy 11, R Atkins 21 M John 28, C Souter 21 K Crocker 20, C Cinato 38 R Boots 7.

Ireland 130 Wales 110: J Moffett 19 K Crocker 23, S Kirkwood 24 R Boots 17, A McKeown 23 R Owen 14, R Kirkwood 21 J Davies 19, M Jones 21 D Hardy 20, J Watson 22 M John 17.

Scotland 108 England 100: J Fleming 16 C Souter 18, P Kane 18 C Cinato 12, C Milne 18 S Steel 15, J Banks 19 L Sabatini 18, L McKay 14 N Kitchen 18, C Burns 23 R Atkins 19.

Wales 127 Scotland 128: D Hardy 22 L McKay 20, M John 23 C Burns 14, K Crocker 30 J Fleming 18, R Jackson 9 P Kane 30, R Owen 24 C Milne 20, J Davies 19 J Banks 26.

Ireland 100 England 129: M Jones 17 N Kitchen 24, J Watson 16 R Atkins 22, J Moffett 12 C Souter 22, S Kirkwood 13 C Cinato 26, A McKeown 16 S Steel 18, R Kirkwood 26 L Sabatini 17.

Final positions: 1 Scotland 6pts, 2 England 4pts, 3 Ireland 2 pts, 4 Wales 0pts.

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