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Badminton: Ireland pipped by Czechs in European clash

Updated: Friday, 14 Feb 2014 08:15 | Comments

Scott Evans made good start with win over Peter Koukal
Scott Evans made good start with win over Peter Koukal

Ireland’s men agonisingly lost 3-2 against the Czech Republic in their second match at the European Team Badminton Championships in Basel, Switzerland.

Scott Evans, who starred in the 5-0 thrashing of Slovakia yesterday, made a good start when he beat the Czech No. 1 Petr Koukal 21-16, 21-16.

However, while Jonathan Dolan won his opening set 21-11 he eventually lost 21-11, 18-21, 12-21 to Jan Frohlich, before Ireland went 2-1 down when Tony Stephenson lost the third singles to Jakub Bitman 17-21, 12-17.

Ireland then squared it 2-2 when Dolan and Sam Magee won their doubles match 21-12, 21-6 but in the final pairing Evans and Stephenson went down 16-21, 21-12, 19-21 as the tie slipped from Ireland's grasp.

Their toughest test was left until last when they they faced top seeds and defending champions Denmark in their final pool match.

The full match of three singles and two doubles was played with the Irish putting up a brave fight but losing 0-5.

Meanwhile, following the Irish women's 0-4 defeat by Bulgaria on Tuesday, the Irish team lost to France 1-4 today.

Chloe Magee beat Sashina Vignes Waran 22-20,21-20, while Sinead Chambers won the first set against Dephine Lansac before losing in three sets.

However, the women finished off with a first-ever win over the Netherlands thanks to singles wins from Magee, Alannah Stephenson and Chambers.

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