Ireland moved up one place to joint seventh after the second round in the 72-holes PGA of Europe Championship at Atalaya Park on the Costa del Sol thanks to a sub-par round of 69 by John Dwyer.
The Ashbounre Club pro carded four birdies and one bogey after starting at the 10th hole and remarked: "I had only one birdie over my first nine holes but then I made three in the next six holes but dropped a stroke at the fifth."
Headford's Brendan McGovern handed in a 74 while Leslie Walker (Dundalk) finished with a 76 for his card to be 'ringed'. Only two scores count daily.
Dwyer's 69 puts him in joint fourth place on the individual leaderboard.
Spain lead both the team and individual tournaments.
Leading Team Scores:
282 - Spain (I Feliu 71, C Balmaseda 73, E Fernandez 75).
283 - Scotland (F Mann 71, S Henderson 73, A Reid 76); England (B Cameron
67, A Hare 72, C Goodfellow 73).
284 - Italy.
285 - Sweden; France.
287 - Ireland (J Dwyer 69, B McGovern 74, L Walker 76); Germany.
288 - Wales (L Turner 72, J Lee 74, S Edwards 77).
291 - Holland, Austria, Czech Republic.
138 - I Feliu (Spain) 67, 71.
139 - M Peroni (Italy) 69,70.
140 - S Henderson (Scotland) 67,73.
141 - J Dwyer (Ireland) 72,69; M O'Brien (Poland) 67,74.
146 - B McGovern (Ireland) 72,74.
148 - L Walker (Ireland) 72,76.