Mulligan catches Power with round to play at Irish Boys
 Thomas Mulligan (Co Louth) driving at the 16th tee during the third round of the 2016 Irish Boys Amateur Open Championship at Castle Golf Club. Picture by  Pat Cashman

Thomas Mulligan (Co Louth) driving at the 16th tee during the third round of the 2016 Irish Boys Amateur Open Championship at Castle Golf Club. Picture by Pat Cashman

County Louth's Thomas Mulligan fired three birdies in a 68 to catch leader Mark Power on six under par heading into Friday's final round of the Irish Boys Amateur Open at Castle.

A Leinster interprovincial. Mulligan dropped his only shot of the day at the par-five 16th as Kilkenny talent Power, who was two ahead at halfway, made one birdie and one bogey in a level par 70.

The leading duo are six strokes ahead of England's Taylor Stote on six under par with Ballyhaunis' Andrew Hickey and Newlands' Cameron Raymond tied for third on two over par.

The cut for the top 50 and ties fell at 14 over par 224 with Castle's Darragh Smith carding a super 69 featuring six birdies to make it on the mark.

Smith made a double bogey six at the 11th but he had three birdie twos on his card as well as three bogeys.

Irish Boys Amateur Open Championship, Castle GC (Par 70)

Detailed scores / Final round tee times

204 Thomas Mulligan (Co. Louth) 67 69 68, Mark Power (Kilkenny) 65 69 70

210 Taylor Stote (England) 71 70 69

212 Andrew Hickey (Ballyhaunis) 72 70 70, Cameron Raymond (Newlands) 67 74 71

213 Dimitri Mary (France) 70 68 75, Arrun Singh Brar (England) 69 72 72, John Brady (Rosslare) 66 75 72,

214 Ross MacIntosh (France) 73 74 67, Robert Moran (Castle) 73 72 69

215 Charlie Thornton (England) 74 72 69, Conor Byrne (Ireland) 70 73 72

216 Freddie MacArthur (England) 71 72 73, James Cooper (England) 70 76 70, Hugh O’Hare (Fortwilliam) 70 75 71, Jack Ainscough (England) 70 72 74, Patrick Brennan (Belvoir Park) 68 76 72,

217 Peter Cummins (Lurgan) 73 72 72, Hyest Hugo (France) 72 78 67 

218 Thomas Boulanger (France) 74 71 73, Aymeric Laussot (France) 68 77 73

219 Reece Black (Hilton Templepatrick) 76 73 70, Andrew Mulhall (Waterford Castle) 76 70 73, Eamonn O’Driscoll (Ireland) 74 71 74, Matthew Grehan (Tullamore) 73 77 69, Michael McGurk (Warrenpoint) 73 73 73, John Murphy (Kinsale) 73 73 73,

220 Hugo Riboud (France) 72 72 76, Conor Hynds (Ardglass) 71 75 74

221 Jason Murphy (Greenore) 77 73 71, Quentin Debove (France) 76 73 72, Allan Hill (Athenry) 73 73 75, Joseph Hanney (The Island) 71 77 73, Matthew Fitzsimons (Ardglass) 70 78 73, 

222 Niklas Blyth (Germany) 74 77 71, Tadeas Tetak (Slovakia) 74 74 74, Jack Madden (Dungannon) 74 73 75,

223 Brian Staunton (Mount Juliet) 80 70 73, Marin Maeti (France) 77 78 68, Jordan Logue (Hilton Templepatrick) 76 71 76, Ross Kelly (Tuam) 75 77 71, Sean Desmond (Monkstown) 75 75 73, Shane Kearney (Esker Hills) 75 74 74, Kevin Power (Kilkenny) 75 74 74, Tommy Doran (Balbriggan) 74 73 76, James Cronin (Woodbrook) 74 72 77, Paul Kelly (Glasson) 72 73 78, Ryan Corry (Clandeboye) 70 74 79, Patrick Somers (Grange) 69 75 79

224 Darragh Smith (Castle) 80 75 69, Quim Vidal Mora (Spain) 78 73 73, Eric Rumley (Kinsale) 77 76 71, Conor Rice (Athlone) 77 74 73, Micheal Shiel (Athenry) 76 74 74, Charlie McDonnell (Castleblayney) 74 74 76, Niall Hearns (Mountrath) 73 74 77

Cut

225 Charles Larcelet (France) 76 75 74, Tom Gueant (France) 75 78 72, Jake Benson (England) 75 76 74, Jack Doherty (Carton House) 74 76 75, Paddy Culhane (Galway) 74 74 77, Brian O’Connell (Bandon) 74 74 77, Jack Hearn (Tramore) 73 77 75, Owen Crooks (Bushfoot) 71 79 75, Tom Trowbridge (England) 70 81 74,

226 Alan Fahy (Dun Laoghaire) 80 76 70, Daniel McNally (Carton House) 79 70 77, Yvan Ducler (France) 76 78 72, Aaron Ryan (Thurles) 75 79 72, David McAleenon (Edenmore) 75 75 76, Nathan McCann (Lurgan) 74 76 76 

227 Tom Vaillant (France) 79 74 74, Ross Nelson (Belvoir Park) 77 74 76, Jonathan Hayden (The Royal Dublin) 76 78 73, Connor Mulholland (Mount Juliet) 74 75 78, Tommy Smyth (Castle) 74 74 79, Mark Healy (Kinsale) 71 79 77, David Cunningham (Tandragee) 70 77 80

228 Darren Hourihan (Douglas) 80 74 74, Mikey Burke (Galway) 78 76 74, Harry Gillivan (Westport) 78 76 74, Jack Tuohy (Galway Bay) 76 78 74, James Temple (Portmarnock) 75 80 73, Marc McKinstry (Cairndhu) 75 79 74, Ciaran Vaughan (Limerick) 73 80 75

229 Cian Mooney (Faithlegg) 79 78 72, Robert Galligan (Elm Park) 78 76 75, Ferdinand Le Tendre (France) 77 77 75, Lucas Mota Pascual (Spain) 76 77 76, Charlie Denvir (Powerscourt) 75 79 75, Andrea Milazzo (France) 75 78 76

230 Andrew Gavin (Black Bush) 80 74 76, Manel Beltran-Pomedio (Spain) 78 77 75, David Kitt (Athenry) 78 76 76, Ben Graham (Knock) 76 77 77, Cathal Hastings (Castlebar) 75 81 74, Chayan Duha (France) 75 71 84

231 Legros Maxime (France) 81 74 76, Robert Abernethy (Dun Laoghaire) 78 78 75, Odhran Maguire (Slieve Russell) 78 76 77, Marius Cara (France) 78 76 77, Harry Duggan (Kilkenny) 77 74 80, Aaron Lennie (Clandeboye) 75 79 77, Ryan Morrisson (England) 74 79 78, Ben Hynes (Greystones) 72 84 75

232 Ian Halpin (Cahir Park) 80 79 73, Cillian Moloney (Fota Island) 78 75 79, Brian Fehily (Newlands) 75 79 78, Brendan Rossiter (Rosslare) 74 77 81, David Burns (Cushendall) 71 83 78

233 Robert Downes (Galway Bay) 80 82 71, Niall Grant (The Island) 77 83 73, Sean Kestell (Woodbrook) 77 79 77, Gareth Carr (Mullingar) 76 81 76, Richard Duggan (Kilkenny) 73 84 76, Jake Vickers (Balbriggan) 72 80 81

234 Liam Dowling (Mallow) 81 79 74, Sean Doyle (Athlone) 80 81 73, Gabriel Gribben (Fortwilliam) 80 72 82

235 Adam Boland (Mallow) 81 81 73, Sean Burke (Galway) 81 77 77, Michael Wylde (Killiney) 80 70 85, Mats Markovits (Netherlands) 76 83 76, Charlie Dawson (Tramore) 75 83 77

236 Raphael Le Bot (France) 80 81 75, Louis O'Hara (Athenry) 79 83 74, Stewart McCaw (Royal Belfast) 78 80 78,

237 Conor McDonald (Lurgan) 78 82 77, Jake Rowe (Tandragee) 76 80 81, Ashley Emerson (Ardglass) 76 80 81

238 Rory Murphy (Powerscourt) 86 77 75, Louis Theys (Belgium) 82 78 78, David O'Reilly (Carton House) 80 75 83, Jeff Kealy (Kilkenny) 76 79 83,  

239 Paddy Bird (Co. Sligo) 82 75 82, Michael O'Farrell (Galway) 78 80 81 

240 Tyrone Clarke (Royal Portrush) 83 79 78, Lorcan O'Sullivan (The Heritage Golf Club) 81 79 80 

241 Nicolas Muller (France) 85 77 79, Patrick Cunnane (Malone) 78 81 82, Oriol Martinez-Lozano (Spain) 76 79 86, ,

243 Calum Spicer (Dromoland) 82 77 84 

244 Seamus Burke (Mount Juliet) 80 85 79 

246 Ciaran Henry (Strandhill) 75 88 83 

247 Oisin O'Driscoll (Ireland) 85 83 79 

248 Michael Kennelly (Athenry) 87 85 76, Jack McGarry (Rosslare) 85 82 81, Dara Phelan (Faithlegg) 77 86 85, ,

250 Ryan Thompson (Greenacres) 88 79 83 

252 William Eardley (England) 89 81 82 

265 Joseph Keyes (Co. Sligo) 90 80 95

WD Conor Ruane (Galway Bay) 81 78 WD, Christopher Taylor (Kanturk) 74 86 WD, Ryan Eccles (Carton House) 82 79 WD, Zach Glynn (Bray) 77 WD, Bill Hannan (Carton House) 82 WD