GOLF | Dundalk’s Fred Daly hopes dashed

Lisburn come out on top of a high quality semi-final affair

The Dundalk Golf Club team pictured with their Leinster Fred Daly pennant

Dundalk Golf Club’s hopes of lifting the Fred Daly Trophy for the first time in the club’s history were ended at the All-Ireland semi-final stage when they lost 4–1 to Lisburn at Bray Golf Club.

With a lineup consisting of four one handicappers and a plus open handicapper Lisburn went into the semi-final as favourites and straight from the start they took control of the match and never gave Dundalk a look-in.

The standard of golf was incredibly high and in the top match Eoin Murphy was two under but still lost 3&2 to Aaron Marshall while Josh Mackin was beaten 4&3 by Kyle Patton and Jack Shellard beat Padraig Fallon 6&5. Sean Laverty and Kyle Rafferty halved their matches against Joshua Robinson and Mark Stewart respectively.

Lisburn were subsequently beaten in the final by Athenry but Dundalk can take a lot from a campaign that yielded a first Leinster title and saw Murphy and Mackin win international and interprovincial caps.

Five of Dundalk’s six-man squad are underage for next year so the future for looks bright for Vincent Conlon’s charges.

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