IRFU U19 Interprovincial Championship
16th September 2005 By Munster Rugby
A slick Leinster side proved too powerful for Munster U.19’s at Dooradoyle on Friday, with the home side suffering a heavy defeat in their final game of the inaugural competition
Munster 3 Leinster 46
Despite a bright start to their Interprovincial clash with Leinster at Dooradoyle on Friday, Munster U.19 s suffered a heavy defeat to a superior Leinster side, ending any hopes of Munster claiming the inaugural Interprovincial title. In all, Leinster notched up an impressive six tries, five of which came in the second half, completing a hat tick of wins for Leinster and giving them the Championship title.
It was a game of two very different halves, with Munster opening strongly, putting the first points on the board with a William Staunton penalty after eight minutes. Unfortunately for Munster, it was to be their only score of the game, although the half time score line of 10-3 reflected what was a tight first half. Both sides had their chances, and the Munster defence was tested on a number of occasions. Leinster winger Kenny Keogh levelled the score after ten minutes, and centre Felix Jones crossing the line after a great break by winger Shane Monaghan after 21 minutes. However, tremendous work from the team, in particular captain Tommy O Donnell, second row Neilus Keogh and centre Darragh Lynch kept the Leinster attack at bay for much of the half.
The second half was a contrasting affair, with a try from Leinster winger Shane Monaghan just two minutes after the restart signifying a change in gear for the visitors. Kenny added a penalty after 55 minutes, and a minute later Leinster outhalf Ian Keatley went over for a try after a piercing run down the middle of the pitch. As Leinster stretched their lead, Munster could do little about the onslaught. In attack, Munster continued to threaten, although the Leinster defence remained impenetrable throughout. At 63 minutes, flanker Barry O Flanagan crossed the line for a try, with Felix Jones adding his second try four minutes later. Ian Condell sealed the victory with a try five minutes before the end of the game.
For Munster, the defeat was disappointing in the light of their 9-0 win over Connacht last week. However, throughout the game, the side continued to show great heart, and contested for ball, never stopping in their attempts to counter attack. Leinster came into their stride, and winger Kenny Keogh had a huge part to play in the victory, kicking two penalties and five conversions during the game. Similarly, outhalf Ian Keatley controlled the game superbly.
15. William Staunton (Garryowen FC), 14. Shane O Sullivan (Sunday s Well RFC), 13. Darragh Lynch (Clonakilty RFC), 12. Donal Collins (Kilfeacle & District RFC), 11. Patrick Thompson (Garryowen FC), 10. Alan Coughlan (Sunday s Well RFC), 9. Tony Cahill (Bruff RFC), 1. Riobaird Wilmott (Bandon RFC), 2. Neil Bourke (Cork Constitution FC), 3. Ronan O Neill (Sunday s Well RFC), 4. Conor McNamara (Garryowen FC), 5. Neilus Keogh (Bruff RFC), 6. Oisin Keely (Corinthians), 7. David Nathan (Cork Constitution FC), 8. Tommy O Donnell (Clanwilliam RFC) (Captain)
Cillian O Neill (Clonakilty RFC) for David Nathan, Ben Rowley (Garryowen FC) for Ronan O Neill, Peter Broughan (Midleton RFC) for Shane O Sullivan, Eamon Lane (Newscastle West RFC) for Donal Collins,
Coach: Tommy Crowe
Assistant Coach: Conor Twomey
Manager: Tom Casey
Technical Advisor: Killian Keane
Physiotherapists: Julie Cody, Clare Willis
15. Michael Skelton, 14. Shane Monaghan, 13. Shane English, 12. Felix Jones, 11. Kenny Keogh, 10. Ian Keatley, 9. Stephen Cranley, 1. Jamie Hagan, 2. David Gilchrist, 3: Richard Sweeney, 4. Conor McInerney (Captain), 5. Niall Cummins, 6. Barry O’Flanagan, 7. Ian Condell, 8. Kevin Sheehan,
Ross Brosnan for David Gilchrist, Derek Farrell for Stephen Cranley, Stuart Dunlop for Barry O Flanagan, Chris Jebb for Shane English
Coach: Barry Gibney
Assistant Coach: Richard Murphy
Manager: Philip Lawlor
Physiotherapist: Emma Gallivan
Doctor: Dr. Tim O Flanagan
Referee: Jonathon Peak (USR)
Touch Judge 1: R. Tucker (MAR)
Touch Judge 2: J. Keeley (MAR)