CONNACHT 6 MUNSTER 12
Munster U.18 s kicked off their Interprovincial campaign with a hard earned 12-6 win over Connacht at the Sportsgrounds on Wednesday. With the wind having a major influence on the game, the visitors trailed 6-0 at half time after a strong performance from Connacht in the first half. While Munster did have a number of scoring opportunities in the first half, they were unable to reduce the deficit. A rejuvenated Munster took to the field in the second half, upping the pace of the game with much of the control exerted from the pack. Two of Munster s outstanding players on the day were captain and No. 8 Kieran Essex from Christian Brothers College who led by example and the ever threatening Presentation Brothers College centre Scott Deasy. Both players crossed the line for tries, with Deasy also converting Essex s try. However a stout Connacht defence prevented Munster from adding to their tally. Next up is a home fixture in Musgrave Park, when Munster host Ulster in this competition. The game will be part of a double bill, with Munster Schools U19 s opening their Interprovincial campaign also against Ulster at the same venue. (times to be confirmed)
15. Sean Scanlon, Crescent College Comprehensive, 14. Ronan O Mahony, Castletroy College, 13. Scott Deasy, Presentation Brothers College, 12. Eamonn Broderick, St. Munchin s College, 11. Shane Costigan, Presentation Brothers College, 10. Richard Mullane, St. Munchin s College, 9. Diarmaid Upton, Crescent College Comprehensive, 1. David Kilcoyne, Ard Scoil Ris, 2. Michael Sherry, Ard Scoil Ris, 3. Stephen Archer, Christian Brothers College, 4. Ken Hanley, Crescent College Comprehensive, 5. Ian Nagle, Glenstal Abbey School, 6. Ian Duffy, Rockwell College, 7. Niall Barry, Presentation Brothers College, 8. Kieran Essex, Christian Brothers College. CAPTAIN.
16. Thomas Burke, St. Munchin s College, 17. Matthew Kearney, Presentation Brothers College, 18. Stephen O Dwyer, Rockwell College, 19. Michael Kenefick, Presentation Brothers College, 20. John Noonan, Christian Brothers College, 21. Declan Cusack, St. Nessan s, 22. Chris Nolan, Christian Brothers College
Head Coach: Paul Barr, Presentation Brothers College
Asst. Coach: Dudley Herbert, Crescent College Comprehensive
Manager: Ger Slattery
Chairman of Selectors: Tony Smith, Rockwell College
Physiotherapist: Paula Kearns
Doctor: Larry Martin
15. Philip Hunt, Sligo GS, 14. Aenghus O Connaill, St. Joseph s Coll., Galway, 13. John O Brien, Garbally College, 12. Walter Gibbons, Clifden CS (Capt), 11. Patrick Madden, Clifden CS, 10. Alan Gaughan, Athlone C.C., 9. Ross Shaughnessy, Col. Iognaid, 1. Niall Harney, Cistercian Coll., Roscrea, 2. Stanley Hayes, Cistercian Coll., Roscrea, 3. Conor Higgins, Gallen CS, 4. Brendan McManus, Athlone, 5. David Nolan, Galwegians, 6. Dermot Murphy, Col. Iognaid, 7. Kevin Creavin, Marist Coll, 8. Martin Coyne, Clifden CS.
16. Rory Walshe, Gallen CS, 17. Jason East, Sligo GS, 18. Jamie Browne, Col. Iognaid, 19. Jeffrey Draper, Sligo GS, 20. Conor Murtagh, Garbally Coll., 21. Sean Joyce, Clifden CS, 22. Bill Henshaw, Marist Coll.