English duo Danny Daniels and Jack Cope share the lead on five under heading into the final round of the Irish Boys Amateur Open Championship at Castletroy.

Overnight leader John Brady surrendered his advantage, slipping back with a 77, while defending champion Mark Power is leading the home challenge, just two shots behind.

Brady began round three with a two-strokes lead and while he maintained that cushion with a level par front nine, the rot set in when he made three consecutive bogeys at the start of the back nine. A double bogey at 14 compounded his woes. Meanwhile Danny Daniels and Jack Cope were making steady progress.

Daniels began the day three back but he closed with a birdie to post 71. At five under, he shares the lead with compatriot Jack Cope, whose 70 was best of the day.

Mark Power’s bid for back-to-back titles suffered a setback with a third round 74 but he remains in the hunt on three under.

The cut fell at plus 15 with 56 players making it through to the final round.