As a stiff breeze blew across the Montgomerie Course at Carton House, the Irish women revelled in the challenging conditions to charge back up the leaderboard in the World Amateur Team Championship, finishing the third day on 4 under par entering the final round tomorrow.

Ireland’s move from tenth place up to fourth position was led by Olivia Mehaffey who birdied three of the last four holes to rise up to 5th place in the individual standings. Her two under par round of 70 was also the best of the day on the Montgomerie course.

"I came out fighting today. I was really disappointed in my second round performance and so I wanted to just do a good job and I’m really proud of how I played" said Mehaffey afterwards.

Seventeen year old Annabel Wilson followed up with a steady round of level par 72.

Ireland also combined to shoot the lowest third round score of any country in the top ten but their move, while significant, may not be enough to give them a real shot a medal in the final round as their four under par total still trails a podium position by all of 9 strokes.

The United States are out in front on 19 under, five strokes clear of Korea on 15 under with Japan third on 13 under. Fourth placed Ireland on 4 under are one stroke clear of a trio of countries, Germany, China and Italy.