Paul McBrideThird round defeats for Faithlegg’s Robin Dawson and The Island’s Paul McBride ended Irish interest in the Boys Amateur Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

McBride lost 3 and 2 to Germany’s Hurly Long as Dawson went down by 2 and 1 to Newmachar’s Adam Fisher.

Both Long and Fisher were then beaten in the last 16 on a day when four continental Europeans made it to the quarter-finals.

Scotland’s Ewen Ferguson takes on Spaniard Ivan Cantero with the winner set to ace England’s Bradley Moore or his compatriot, Bobby Keeble in Saturday afternoon’s second semi-final.

The biggest surprise of the day came in the fourth round when German No 1, Dominic Foos, the plus-6 handicapper from St Leon-Rot, lost 2 and 1 to his compatriot Michael Hirmer.

Foos won the last five holes to overturn a three hole deficit in his morning match against 2012 English Amateur champion, Harry Ellis.

But there was no late reprieve against Hirmer, who now faces Ben Robinson, from The Vale, who defeated another German, Hurly Long, by one hole.

Frenchman Paul Elissalde, will play Belgium’s Aurian Capart in the first quarter final on the course at 8.00 am tomorrow.

The 17-year-old from Biarritz defeated leading qualifier, Jack Hermeston from the City of Newcastle by 2 & 1 and then had an impressive 3 & 2 victory over Spaniard, Mario Galiano.

Capart, the Belgian boys and men’s champion, had a comfortable 4 & 3 victory over Frenchman, Jeremy Gandon, in the morning but had to go all the way to the 19th in the afternoon to edge out English left-hander, Josh Hilleard.

Quarter final draw