Glasgow south pair pick up silver at Scottish Junior Open

Presentation: Patrick O'Sullivan receives the Under 19 Boys runners-up medal from Maggie Still, CEO. Images from the Scottish Junior Open, 9 Jan 2017 in Edinburgh Sports Club. Photo: Paul J Roberts | RobertsSports Photo. All Rights Reserved
Presentation: Patrick O'Sullivan receives the Under 19 Boys runners-up medal from Maggie Still, CEO. Images from the Scottish Junior Open, 9 Jan 2017 in Edinburgh Sports Club. Photo: Paul J Roberts | RobertsSports Photo. All Rights Reserved

Rising Glasgow south squash players Orla Young and Patrick O’Sullivan secured silver medals at the 71st Scottish Squash Junior Open.

More than 140 players from across the globe took part in the three-day event held in Edinburgh on January 9.

Giffnock-ace O’Sullivan lost in a deciding fourth game against Newcastle’s Michael Andrews in the Boys under-19 final.

For a while, it looked like the victory was going to go to O’Sullivan, as the talented youngster took advantage of Andrews’ slow start to race into a 2-1 lead.

At 9-4 up in the fourth game, O’Sullivan’s name looked destined to be etched on to the trophy.

However, despite looking down and out, Andrews upped the ante and suddenly stole the momentum back from O’Sullivan and eventually sealed a dramatic 7-11, 11-5, 7-11, 12-10, 11-5 win.

O’Sullivan said: “I feel slightly disappointed because I came very close to winning the title. However I’m proud of how well I played as I pushed my opponent all the way.

“The difference was just one or two points at the end and maybe mentally he had a little bit more to give at the end of the games.”

He added: “I think runner-up was a good start heading into the rest of 2017 with a lot of events coming up for my university and hopefully representing Scotland.”

Newlands’ Orla Young finished second in the Girls Under-15s category losing to top seed Katie Maliff from Buckinghamshire, England.

The 14-year-old competed well throughout the final but fell just short of the top prize losing 11/8, 11/5, 11/6 at Edinburgh Sports Club.

The Hutchesons’ Grammar pupil said. “Throughout the competition I managed to put in a few good performances and put into practice a lot of the things that my coach and I have been working on.

“Tournaments like this are really great because you get a chance to come up against players you don’t normally do like Katie and it’s great to test yourself against top players.

“I got quite a good start in the final but she had some powerful shots and I let her get on top of me a bit.”