Philip Donnellan in action for the Munster As against Connacht A in Thomond Park
Philip Donnellan in action for the Munster As against Connacht A in Thomond Park
Munster Trail At Half Time In The A Game
8 August 2011, 5:01 pm
By The Editor
Connacht lead Munster two tries to nil and 14-9 in the A game at Thomond Park Stadium.
Munster went six points clear thanks to two Declan Cusack penalties in the 4th and 11th minutes before Tadhg Leader had an opportunity from 35 metres, his effort slipping narrowly wide.

However, having established good field position Connacht kept the pressure on and were rewarded in the 26th minute when slick handling saw Conor Finn score wide on the left, Leader's touchline conversion edging the visitors ahead.

Munster's response was immediate and when they won a kickable penalty they opted for touch ten metres out. Phillip Donnellan took cleanly at the tail but there was no reward as Cusack's drop goal attempt drifted right and wide.

That proved an expensive miss because minutes before the break Connacht Munster of possession on the half way fo Leader to race in under the posts unopposed.

Munster had the final say when Cusack kicked a penalty to leave his side trailing by five points at the interval

Munster A: R O'Mahony; C Hircock, JJ Hanrahan, T Gleeson, L O'Dea; D Cusack, G Hurley; D Kilcoyne, D Fogarty, J Ryan; D Foley(B Hayes 37th min), P Donnellan; S Buckley, B O'Hara, P Butler captain. Replacements: S Henry, J Cronin, C Condon, J Shine, C Sheridan, G Quinn-McDonagh, D Moroney.

Connacht A: C Boland; J Loxton, R Henshaw, T Leader, C Finn; J Carthy, D Moore; F Bealham, D Murphy capt, S Maguire; M Kearney, D Qualter; D Heffernan, A Conneely, E McKeon.

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