Ireland fight back for hat-trick of European Senior Men's Team Championships; Ladies third in Lithuania

Maurice Kelly in action in Bulgaria

Ireland ralled to win the European Senior Men’s Team Championship for the third year running and the fifth time in ten years on Saturday.

Italy took an early lead and looked ready to pull off a shock victory at Pravets Golf Club in Bulgaria.

But Ireland turned things around with Maurice Kelly’s one hole win over Vincenzo Sita proving crucial before Garth McGimpsey delivered the winning point with a 3 and 2 win in the anchor singles. European Senior Men's Team Championship

Tom Cleary and John Mitchell fell in the foursomes but while Adrian Morrow also lost in the singles, wins for Arthur Pierse, Kelly and McGimpsey gave Ireland a hard fought 3-2 win.

In the European Senior Ladies’ Team Championship at The National Golf Resort in Lithuania, Ireland beat Germany 4-1 to finish third. European Senior Ladies' Team Championship

France, who beat the Irish ladies in the semi-finals, claimed the title with a 3-2 victory over England.