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Booth praises young guns as Ireland look for the positives

 

Upbeat: Neil Booth had young team
Upbeat: Neil Booth had young team

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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