Scotland beat Ireland on the second day of the Seniors Home Internationals at Royal Co Down to leave the contest hanging in the balance going into the final day.
Defending champions England gave themselves a fighting chance of retaining the President’s Trophy after defeating Wales by 6.5-2.5, but it is all to play for on the final day with the possibility of the title being decided on the number of games won.
Ireland and Scotland had shared the morning foursomes, but the Scots gained a crucial slice of momentum when Ian Brotherston defeated the home side’s talisman, Garth McGimpsey, on the 17th.
Arthur Pierse was also beaten by Lindsay Blair, while Maurice Kelly beat Alan O’Neill - both matches finishing on a 4/3 scoreline.
The advantage swing one way and another in the final three matches, with the decisive blow being delivered by Scotland captain John Fraser, who defeated Tom Cleary on the 18th green.
Meanwhile, England and Wales battled in an entertaining contest in which the English side got the better of a number of tight games to take victory by a margin of four points.
Richard Latham’s victory over Glyn Rees on the 18th in the singles - after England had taken a one-point advantage from the foursomes - laid the foundation for victory, with further points being delivered by Richard Partridge, John Ambridge and Tyrone Carter.
Seniors Home Internationals, Royal Co Down Golf Club
Wednesday 25 September
England 6.5 Wales 2.5 (England names first)
Richard Latham & Andrew Stracey beat Nigel Evans & Glyn Rees 3/2
John Ambridge & Richard Partridge lost to Paul Bloomfield & Andrew Williams 2/1
Tyrone Carter & Chris Reynolds beat Jeff Thomas & Keith Stimpson 3/2
Richard Latham beat Glyn Rees 2 holes
Richard Partridge beat Jeff Thomas 3/2
Andrew Stracey lost to Nigel Evans 3/2
John Ambridge beat Andrew Williams 3/1
Tyrone Carter beat Keith Stimpson 7/6
Charles Banks halved with Basil Griffiths A/S
Ireland 3.5 Scotland 5.5 (Ireland names first)
Arthur Pierse & John Mitchell lost to Ian Brotherston & Lindsay Blair 1 hole
Tom Cleary & Michael Quirke halved with John Fraser & Alan O’Neill A/S
Adrian Morrow & Maurice Kelly beat Tony Paterson & Lindsay Gordon 3/2
Garth McGimpsey lost to Ian Brotherston 2/1
Arthur Pierse lost to Lindsay Blair 4/3
Maurice Kelly beat Alan O’Neill 4/3
Tom Cleary lost to John Fraser 2 holes
John Mitchell halved with David Gardner A/S
Adrian Morrow halved with Tony Patterson A/S
Draw for Thursday 24 September
England v Ireland (England names first)
Foursomes (0800 from the first)
Richard Latham & Andrew Stracey v Adrian Morrow & Maurice Kelly
John Ambridge & Charles Banks v Arthur Pierse & John Mitchell
Tyrone Carter & Chris Reynolds v Tom Cleary & Michael Quirke
Singles (1300 from the first)
Richard Latham v Maurice Kelly
John Ambridge v Arthur Pierse
Richard Partridge v Garth McGimpsey
Andrew Stracey v Adrian Morrow
Tyrone Carter v Michael Quirke
Chris Reynolds v John Mitchell
Scotland v Wales (Scotland names first)
Foursomes (0800 from the 10th)
Tony Patterson & Lindsay Gordon v Jeff Thomas & Basil Griffiths
Ian Brotherston & David Gardner v Nigel Evans & Glyn Rees
Alan O’Neill & John Fraser v Paul Bloomfield & Andrew Williams
Singles (1300 from the 10th)
Lindsay Blair v Jeff Thomas
Ian Brotherston v Paul Bloomfield
John Fraser v Nigel Evans
Alan O’Neill v Andrew Williams
David Gardner v Glyn Rees
Tony Patterson v Basil Griffiths