[b]*THE START OF PLAY ON DAY TWO OF THE KINGSPAN CONCRA WOOD OPEN WAS DELAYED BY ONE HOUR DUE TO FOG*[/b]
Paul Doherty and Colm Moriarty share the lead on three under par at the Kingspan Concra Wood Open after each shot 69 on the opening day of the 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour event.
The pair are one clear of the six golfers who share third place on two under at the par-72 course in Castleblayney, Ireland.
Scotsman Doherty (Vale Hotel) carded birdies on the first, fifth and 11th to sign for an opening-round 69. The 28-year-old missed the cut at Concra Wood in 2012 but didnâ€™t suffer a single bogey in the opening round of this seasonâ€™s tournament on Wednesday.
Moriarty, who plays out of Glasson Hotel and Golf Club in Westmeath, started his round on the tenth and turned home two under after birdies at 15 and 17. A four on the par-five first took him to three under and he closed out the remainder of his round to par, matching Dohertyâ€™s 69 to share the lead ahead of day two.
A finish which featured an eagle at 15 and birdies at 17 and 18 saw last yearâ€™s Kingspan Concra Wood Open winner Billy Hemstock (Teignmouth GC) transform a score of two over par to sign for a two-under 70, leaving him as one of six players just one stroke off the lead.
Irishmen Ruaidhri McGee (Rosapenna), Neil Oâ€™Briain (Old Conna Golf Club) and Michael McGeady are also two under after day one, as are Scotlandâ€™s Jordan Findlay (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) and Englandâ€™s Alex Belt (De Vere/Snainton), who won his first 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour event at the PDC & WSL Open at Collingtree Park in June.
A two-hour highlights package of the event will be broadcast on Sky Sports HD at 7pm on Tuesday, August 6, repeated on Wednesday, August 7.