Q-School: Dawson on the cusp
 Robin Dawson. Picture courtesy Jimmy Penrose

Robin Dawson. Picture courtesy Jimmy Penrose

Amateur Robin Dawson is just a shot outside the crucial top 21 and ties heading into the final round of the European Tour's First Qualifying Stage Section C test in Portugal

The Tramore man carded four birdies and three bogeys in a one-under 71 at Ribagolfe near Lisbon to share 22nd place on four-under-par.

Exactly 21 players are on five-under or better with Sebastian García Rodriguez leading by two strokes on 14-under from Australia's Dimitrios Papadatos.

Castleknock's David Carey made four birdies in a battling, two-under 70 to leap seven places to 27th, just two shots outside the mark.

 David Carey. Picture courtesy Jimmy Penrose

David Carey. Picture courtesy Jimmy Penrose

Brendan McCarroll followed a double-bogey at the 17th with a bogey at the last and shot a costly 75.

But he still lies just three shots outside the qualifying places on two-under and showed his fighting qualities by battling back from three-over after four to be level with two to play.

At Golf d'Hardelot in northern France, Cian McNamara's hopes of winning Challenge Tour status are hanging by a thread after a 72.

The Limerick man is joint 43rd on two-over alongside Tim Rice, who shot 69,  six strokes outside the top 21 and ties.

Frenchmen Franck Daux and Antoine Rozner share the lead on 13-under.