Ireland went down fighting against Cyprus but were left licking their wounds after falling short in their Davis Cup Euro/Africa Zone Group III promotion play-off.

Peter Bothwell, ranked 572, was defeated 6-1 2-6 6-0 by 1015-ranked Petros Chrysochos in his second rubber of the week in Tallinn.

Sam Barry followed that up with a gutsy performance against world no 37 Marcos Baghdatis, who has played 42 Davis Cup ties and boasts an incredible win/loss record of 46/3 in singles matches.

He prevailed 6-4 7-6 (3) against Barry, who left nothing on the court.

Cyprus are now promoted to Group II, with Ireland in Group III for another year, but team captain Conor Niland will take a lot of positives from the overall performance in Estonia.