Olivia Mehaffey and Leona Maguire secure vital points for hosts in Curtis Cup victory

Great Britain and Irelands Olivia Mehaffey, Alice Hewson and Leona Maguire celebrate winning the Curtis Cup

Great Britain and Irelands Olivia Mehaffey, Alice Hewson and Leona Maguire celebrate winning the Curtis Cup

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Great Britain and Ireland won the Curtis Cup for just the second time in the last 10 contests after holding off a spirited fightback from the United States.

After claiming five of the six points available on day two, the home side needed just two and half points from Sunday’s eight singles matches to secure victory at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club.

A win for Leona Maguire over Sienna Brooks and a half point from Olivia Mehaffey against world number one Hannah O’Sullivan put GB&I on the verge of victory, but Monica Vaughn and Andrea Lee then added to the earlier win for Bailey Tardy to keep the contest alive.

Meghan MacLaren saw her three-hole lead with four to play cut to a single hole by Bethany Wu, before holding her nerve to win the 17th and secure the winning point with a 2&1 victory.

Moments later, Bronte Law defeated Mika Liu by two holes to become just the second player ever to record a perfect 5-0 record, American Stacy Lewis having done so at St Andrews in 2008, the year the event switched from two to three days.

Mariel Galdiano defeated Maria Dunne in the last match to make the final score 11.5 to 8.5.