Dillon leads Irish Assistants by three at halfway
 Joe Dillon

Joe Dillon

Headfort's Joe Dillon has a three shot lead heading into Wednesday 36-hole finale of the Irish PGA Assistants Championship at Nuremore Hotel and Country Club.

Dillon produced two steady rounds of 70 and 69 at the Co Monaghan venue on Tuesday to take command of the event on three under par.

Keith Shannon followed up his opening round 76 with a superb second round 66 that included back-to-back eagles at the par five 14th and 15th to move into second place.

Defending champion Chris Carvill from Belvoir Park shot rounds of 70 and 73 and Bundoran's Matthew Dunmore 73 and 70 to leave them well-placed, four shots off the pace on one over par.

Irish PGA Assistants Championship, Nuremore Hotel & Country Club (Par 71)

Detailed scores

139 J Dillon (Headfort GC) 70 69

142 K Shannon 76 66

143 C Carvill (Belvoir Park GC) 70 73; M Dunmore (Bundoran GC) 73 70

145 C Boggan (Co Meath GC) 71 74

146 C McKenna (Mallow GC) 75 71; D Hinds (City of Derry GC) 69 77

147 N Murray (Massereene GC) 72 75

149 B Carroll (Elm Park GC) 77 72; C Lyall (Donaghadee GC) 75 74; F Holly (Charleville GC) 75 74.