Lawrie reached the 13th before any loss and was three under par by the halfway mark following his afternoon start.
The Dubliner then birdied the tenth to go five under and take a share of second place before the par four thirteenth took its toll. With another birdie at fifteen the run for home was level except for a slip up on the 16th.
“It was a good day and I played solid golf from start to finish,” said Lawrie after wards,
“Have good memories of this course from a few years ago and that was a help in some ways. But it’s still a tough place to scramble a decent score. “
Kevin Phelan signed for a two over par second round losing some of the ground gained in round one at the Royal Golf Dar es Salam in Rabat.
Gary Hurley ended day four over par and a stroke inside the cut line to earn a weekend stay.
Paul Dunne drifted down the leaderboard with a four over par 76.
Cormac Sharvin shot 78 to miss the cut as did Michael Hoey and Rory McNamara.
Francesco Laporta will take a one-shot lead into the weekend.