Dubliner Niall Kearney sits just two shots off the leading heading into the weekend of the Soudal Open.

The Royal Dublin golfer added a second-round 67 to his opening 69 to lie on six-under-par, well placed behind the men at the summit.

England's Sam Horsfield and Dale Whitnell sit atop the leaderboard alongside Germany's Matti Schmid.

The 25-year-old Horsfield began the day in a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard but slipped backwards after carding three bogeys and a single birdie on the front nine.

His fortunes improved dramatically after the turn, though, with birdies on the 11th, 14th, 15th and 16th earning him a share of the lead.

A sensational par save followed after he got into trouble at the 17th, and he had to settle for a second-round 69 and an eight-under-par total despite going close with a long-range birdie effort on the last.

Two-time DP World Tour winner Horsfield is relishing the challenge that awaits him this weekend.

He said: "I'm looking forward to it. Every time you are in contention I think it's always a good thing and I think I'll just try to go out there tomorrow and do the same stuff I did out there on the back nine today and go from there."

Whitnell also signed for a 69 in Antwerp on Friday after carding three birdies and a solitary bogey.

Schmid, meanwhile, posted the lowest round of the week so far, making eight birdies and one bogey in his 64.

England's Richard Mansell and Portugal's Ricardo Santos were one shot behind the co-leaders in a tie for fourth.

Lev Grinberg's dream DP World Tour debut will continue into the weekend as the 14-year-old amateur comfortably made the cut after adding a second-round 69 to the 70 he shot on his home course on Thursday to sit five shots off the lead.