Fred Daly team lose All-Ireland semi-final

The Fred Daly Trophy team were beaten in today’s All-Ireland semi-final by Lisburn at Bray Golf Club.

Eoin Murphy lost 3&2 to fellow Boys international Aaron Marshall in the top match while Kyle Patton beat Josh Mackin 4&3 and Padraig Fallon lost 6&5 to Jack Shellard.

Sean Laverty and Kyle Rafferty earned half points from their matches with Joshua Robinson and Mark Stewart respectively.

Lisburn subsequently lost 3.5 to 1.5 against Athenry in the Final.

 

 

 

 

Fred Daly team win first Leinster title

Dundalk Golf Club have won the Leinster Final of the Fred Daly Trophy after beating Greystones 4-1 in today’s final at Portmarnock Links.

In the top match Eoin Murphy got Dundalk on their way with a one hole win while Josh Mackin had a 2&1 win and Sean Laverty finished on the 12th with an 8&6 win. Padraig Fallon was one up after 14 and Kyle Rafferty was two down after 15 when their matches were called in.

Dundalk now go forward to the All Ireland Finals which will take place on Tuesday, August 29, in Bray Golf Club.

The Fred Daly Trophy is in memory of Ireland’s first Open Champion and has been competed for since 1995. Daly, who won the Open Championship at Hoylake in 1947, also played in the Ryder Cup four times, 1947, 1949, 1951 and 1953. It is Ireland’s premier inter-club tournament for boys and this is the first time that Dundalk have won the Leinster title.

PHOTO: The winning Dundalk team in the Fred Daly Leinster Final 2017 at Portmarnock Links.  Front Row (l-r): Jim Caraher (Juvenile Committe), Mickey Coburn (Club Captain), John Ferriter (Chairman Leinster Golf), Vincent Conlon (Team Manager) and Paul Malone (Juvenile Committe).  Back Row (l-r): Eoin Murphy, Josh Mackin, Sean Laverty, Kyle Rafferty, Padraig Fallon and Conall Murdock.  Photo Courtesy Ronan Quinlan

Boys team reaches Fred Day Leinster Final

Dundalk are through to the Leinster Final of the Fred Daly Trophy after an superb win over a Carton House team that contained newly crowned Ulster Boys Champion Jack Doherty.

The Fred Daly Trophy is the premier inter-cub boys tournament in the country and involves five singles matches with the home team staging three and the away team hosting two.

Drawn away, Dundalk despatched Eoin Murphy, Josh Mackin and Padraig Fallon to the Kildare venue while Sean Laverty and Kyle Rafferty were handed responsibility for the home leg.

Laverty was always in control on his way to a 3&2 victory while Rafferty found himself two down after eight but was level after 12 and eventually won on 19th after somehow scrambling a par from the trees on the 18th to force the match to sudden death.

At Carton House defeats for Murphy and Fallon meant the outcome rested on result of Josh Macken’s match and, one down playing the last, the Irish Boys international showed his steel as he eagled the par five 18th after hitting a two iron 215 yards to 20 feet and sinking a tricky downhill breaking putt.

Another great approach shot at the 19th to six feet left Macken with two putts for victory and he duly sealed Dundalk’s place in the final where they will face Greystones at Portmarnock Links on Friday, July 28.

Dundalk began their campaign with a 4-1 win over Laytown & Bettystown before defeating Donabate 3.5 to 1.5 in the Second Round. A narrow 3-2 win over Ardee followed before a 3.5 to 1.5 win over The Island in the quarter-finals.