Ireland missed out on Home Internationals glory by a single frame on Monday as an impressive Scottish side emerged victorious in Leeds.
With both Ireland and Scotland level on points, wins and frame difference heading into their respective final round-robin encounters, the men in green needed to better the Scots’ last result.
However, a 9-3 triumph for Scotland over Wales A marginally eclipsed Ireland’s 8-4 defeat of England.
The Scottish team consisting of Michael Collumb, Robert Carlisle, Ross Vallance and Chris Totten lost only one tie, like Ireland, but crucially beat the Irish on the penultimate day to set up the winning opportunity.
Ireland, this year represented by national champion TJ Dowling, Jason Devaney, Rodney Goggins and Michael Judge, gave a great account of themselves but will be disappointed that the squad has come away with a runners-up spot for the fourth consecutive edition of the tournament.
In the Masters, Wales A topped the standings as the Irish unit placed in fourth with two wins and two draws from their six encounters.
The Under-21 and Under-16 competitions, along with the Billiards event, take place the remainder of this week at the Northern Snooker Centre.