Report by COLIN FARQUHARSON
Scotland, who had opened the three-day tournament brightly with a 7-5 win over Wales, were cut down to size by hosts Ireland on Day 2 of the Under-16 boys' quadrangular international at Hilton Templepatrick Golf Club, Northern Ireland today.
The Scots boys were up against it from the start, losing the foursomes 3-1, then the singles 5.5-2.5 for an overall defeat margin of 8.5 to 3.5.
Netherlands, 7-5 winners over Wales today, are now favourites to the title, having won both their matches for a total of 4pt out of 4.
Scotland and Ireland are sharing second place with 2pt.
Scotland play Netherlands in their final match.
SCOTLAND 3.5, IRELAND 8.5
Alex Simpson and Rowan Carey lost to Mark Power and Luke O'Neill 4 and 3.
Jack Broun and Lewys Irvine halved with John Brady and Aaron Marshall.
Cameron Black and Cameron Dunn halved with Charlie Denvir and Allan Hill.
Cameron Johnstone and Aidan O'Hagan lost to Jack Doherty and Ian Halpin 3 and 2
Simpson lost to Power 4 and 3.
Carey lost to Brady 7 and 6.
Irvine bt Hill 3 and 2.
Broun halved with Halpin.
Black lost to O'Neill 4 and 3.
Dunn lost to Doherty 2 and 1.
O'Hagan bt Marshall 5 and 3.
Johnstone lost to Denvir 5 and 4.
WALES 5, NETHERLANDS 7