Ulster Cup team 'Burn' it up against Carnlea

County Armagh’s Ulster Cup team secured their place in the third round of the competition after and inspired victory on home turf.

Team Captain Paddy Burns' tactical skills were to the forefront of this win against Carnlea who County Armagh trailed four matches to three and nine holes after the first leg the previous week-end. Nigel McMahon, Barry McGurgan and Marty Oliver had secured those three vital match victories to give County Armagh any chance of progressing.

Unfortunately Nigel McMahon was unavailable for the home leg, but Captain Burns made an exceptional replacement selection in Declan McReynolds who put his local course knowledge to best use to win in outstanding fashion 8 and 6.

Marty Daly also secured an excellent victory 2 and 1 against retired barrister and popular after dinner speaker Peter Walsh.

Barry McGurgan fought back bravely from four holes down to lose narrowly by one hole and Andy Conn lost 2 and 1, but the margin of defeat still fitted with Burns bigger plan.

It was left to Ulster Cup team rookie Royal School teacher Ian Millar and he delivered fabulously a 3 and 1 win to leave the way clear for Marty Oliver to follow up with a similar impressive victory 5 and 3.

Anchor man Mickey McGurk just failed on the last hole to secure a win but with the score all-square at seven points each the match was to be decided in holes won and County Armagh claimed overall victory by five holes.

County Armagh can now look forward to meeting either Masserene or Scrabo Golf Club in the third round.