Killenard:Great Britain and Ireland went into day three of the Seve Trophy team event tied with Continental Europe at five matches each at the Irish Heritage Golf & Spa Resort in Killenard on Saturday.
Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano took advantage of a late call-up for the morning's greensomes, following Dane Thomas Bjorn's withdrawal because of a stomach upset, to seal his first point.
A rousing back nine by the Spaniard and Swede Robert Karlsson allowed them to finish at the 17th against the event's highest world-ranked players, Justin Rose and Paul Casey, winning 3 and 1.
A hole-in-one by Gregory Havret, playing with fellow Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin, with a four-iron on the 189-yard short seventh proved the prelude to a 2 and 1 success over Nick Dougherty and Graeme Storm.
A three-birdie charge from the 15th saw the French pairing home.
Peter Hanson of Sweden and Soren Hansen of Denmark beat Oliver Wilson and Simon Dyson when the Scandinavians clinched a one-hole success after Hansen holed a ten-metre birdie putt on the last.
Europe dominated the morning's greensomes session 3 1/2 to 1/2 to move three points clear.
Seve Ballesteros's team had an 8 1/2 to 5 1/2 lead against Nick Faldo's home team going into the afternoon's foursomes.
Great Britain and Ireland battled back in the afternoon foursomes, with Justin Rose and Nick Dougherty leading the home team's fightback with a 2 and 1 triumph over the previously unbeaten Jacquelin and Havret.
Rose's chip-in to birdie the 16th proved decisive. Ryder Cup hero Colin Montgomerie struggled to find his form.
The former Great Britain and Ireland captain was still without a point after he and Graeme Storm lost 3 and 2 to Karlsson and Fernandez-Castano.
Montgomerie had a poor day with his putter, whereas Karlsson and Fernandez-Castano enjoyed the sodden Heritage greens, soaked by heavy afternoon rain.
Four back-nine birdies in six holes led the European duo to victory.
Simon Dyson, one of Faldo's wildcards, and Oliver Wilson, then eased past the Scandinavians Hansen and Hanson 3 and 2.
The final match proved the closest, with Bradley Dredge and Phillip Archer almost allowing themselves to be caught by Markus Brier of Austria and experienced Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Dredge and Archer were three up with five holes to go, but it was not until Brier found water with his approach on the 18th that the home pair secured a two-hole win.
But Continental Europe still had the edge and take a lead of 9 1/2 points to 8 1/2 into Sunday's 10 singles ties.