Title-holders England staged a tremendous fightback in the singles to make up a 2pt deficit from the foursomes and snatch a 4.5-4.5 draw with Ireland on a windy opening day to the Ladies' Home Internationals at Conwy Golf Club, North Wales.

England, the holders of the Girls' Home Internationals title, were also held to a 4.5-4.5 draw by Ireland in the Under-18s match.

So Wales head the Ladies table as the only team with full points after one match in which they overpowered Scotland in the singles, beating them 6.5-2.5.

England looked to be up against it when they went into the singles trailing the Irish by 2pt from the foursomes.

But there were some great performances by the England players,none better than Meghan MacLaren who beat her Curtis Cup team-mate Olivia Mehaffey 3 and 2 by winning the 11th, 14th and 16th with no reply from her top 10 world ranked opponent.

Gemma Clews had a two-hole win over Louise Coffey in the lead-off singles and young Sophie Lamb was two up after six ad then four up after 11 on her way to an impressive 5 and 3 win over the experienced Irish player, Paula Grant.

Elizabeth Prior was another who came up with the goods just when England need them post. She beat Jessica Ross 4 and 3 after being two up at the turn.

It wasn't all one-way traffic. Ireland's Sinead Sextion showed her class with a 5 and 4 win over Emma Allen, having established a four-hole lead over the first eight holes.

And Curtis Cup player Maria Dunne scored Ireland's second point in the singles after a very good match against Olivia Winning which Maria won by 3 and 1.

The Wales-Scotland ladies' match was quite close at the lunchtime break with the Welsh leading 2-1 going into the singles.

But the Scots had shot their bolt and Wales won four of afternoon ties through Chloe Williams (2 a nd 1), Megan Lockett (3 and 2), Lauren Hillier (4 and 3) and Becky Harries (5 and 3).

Scotland's only afternoon winner was Heather Munro by 2 holes over Bethan Morris.

Kath O'Connor and Hannah McCook had a square match, the Welsh player winning the last two holes.

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