Ireland beat Belgium 3-2

15/02/2015

Ireland first real struggle of the day came in the men’s doubles when Scott Evans and Sam Magee paired up to take on Matijs Dierickx and Freek Golinski.  It was the second time on court for both Evans and Magee which gave the Belgian pair an advantage and they took the first game 21-14. Not to be outdone the Irish boys fought back to win the second game 21-17. The deciding game was a tense affair with Evans and Magee trailing for much of the game.  Despite their valiant attempt it was the Belgians who finally took the final game 21-15 and secured the first victory of the day for Belgium.


The final match of the tie was the women’s doubles. Sara Boyle and Rachael Darragh took on Steffi Annys and Flore Vanerhoucke. The young Irish girls faced a more experienced Belgians pairing and despite their best efforts were sadly beaten in 2 games 21-13, 21-12


Beating Belgium was a big step in the right direction for Ireland and our hopes of reaching the quarter finals of the championship. 


“We came here to beat Belgium and we did that so we are all very happy. Bigger challenge tomorrow but good chance we can make quarter finals now and that's very exciting for us to look forward to” said Chloe Magee


Team Ireland will face England tomorrow at 9am Irish time. Don’t forget to follow @bad_min_ton for live updates. Use the hashtag #EMTC15 and tweet your messages of support for the Irish team


 


Ireland v Belgium


XD – Sam Magee/Chloe Magee v Nick Marcoen/Flore Vandenhoucke - 21-10, 21-17


MS – Scott Evans v Yuhan Tan – 21-13, 21-17


WS – Chloe Magee v Lianne Tan – 21-12, 21-17


MD – Scott Evans/Sam Magee v Matijs Dierickx/Freek Golinski – 14-21, 21-17, 15-21


WD – Sara Boyle/Rachael Darragh v Steffi Annys/Flore Vandenhoucke – 21-13, 21-12

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