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Munster Young Guns Off to a Flying Start

4th September 2007 By Munster Rugby

Munster Young Guns Off to a Flying Start

Both the Munster 19 Club team and the Munster U20’s got the perfect start to their interprovincial campaigns last weekend, both defeating Connacht away on scorelines of 36-0 and 18-10 respectively.

U19 Interprovincial Championship

Connacht U19 0-36 Munster U19 Club

The Munster U19 Club team got off to a perfect start in their Interpro campaign with a 36-0 win over Connacht in Galway on Saturday.

Despite playing into a strong breeze and having to absorb some early Connacht pressure, Munster got the all important first score through centre Danny Barnes who crashed over after some early good work close in by the forwards. Ronan O’Mahony picked up Munster’s second try mid way through the first half after a well worked back row move, with Conor Murray adding the extras with the conversion. On the stroke of half time Murray went over under the posts to score his own try after he intercepted a Connacht pass just outside the opposition 22. He subsequently added the conversion to leave the half time score Connacht 0 Munster 19.

A penalty kick early in the second half from Conor Murray increased Munster’s lead to 22-0 and two further tries from Dave Twomey and a second try for Danny Barnes which were both converted by Murray made the points safe. Particularly pleasing for Head Coach Tommy Crowe, was that that all seven subs were used from the bench.

Next up is a home fixture against Leinster in Musgrave Park on Sunday at 2.30pm. The team and management would like to thank the loyal supporters who travelled to Galway on Saturday last and look forward to their support on Sunday.

15. Ronan O’Mahony (Garryowen), 14. Odhran Mulrooney (Cork Constitution), 13. Danny Barnes (Tralee), 12. Andrew Joyce (UCC), 11. Paul Gleeson (Young Munster), 10. Colm Downes (Garyowen), 9. Conor Murray (Shannon), 1. Gavin Duffy (Sunday’s Well), 2. David Twomey (UL Bohemian), 3. Felix Ross (UL Bohemian),4. Mike Linehan (UCC), 5. Ian Duffy (Midleton), 6. James Flood (UCC),7. Paddy Cleary (Bruff), 8. James Ryan (Capt) (UCC)
Replacements: 16. Shane Walsh (Sunday’s Well), 17. Andrew Cudmore (UCC), 18. Darren Kavanagh (Richmond), 19. Leon Toland (Kilfeacle), 20. Darren Mulcair (Garryowen), 21. Alex O’Mahony (Clonakilty), 22. Michael Kelliher (Richmond)

Head Coach- Tommy Crowe
Assistant Coaches- John Broderick, Conor Twomey, Mark Fitzgerald,
Management- Graham Burns, Tom Casey
Physio- Conor Burke

Saturday 1st Sept 2007
Connacht 0-36 Munster, Sportsground

Sunday 9th Sept 2007
Munster v Leinster, Musgrave Park (subject to pitch inspection), Kick off @ 2pm

Saturday 15th Sept 2007
Ulster v Munster, Venue: TBD, Kick off @ 1pm

U20 Interprovincial Championship

Munster U20’s 18-10 Connacht U20’s

The Munster U20’s set the winning tone for the weekend with their win over Connacht at the Sportsgrounds on Friday night last. Tries from Kieran Essex, Sean Scanlon and Scott Deasy, with a penalty from Andrew Burke gave Munster the edge in this closely fought contest.
Munster led 8-5 at the break after Stanley Hayes got the first of his two tries for Connacht, with Sean Scanlon crossing for Munster and Scott Deasy adding a penalty.
A second try from Connacht hooker Hayes in the second-half was not enough to secure victory as Munster added tries from Deasy and Kieran Essex to decide the issue.
Munster host Leinster in the next round, who come to Cork on the back of last weekend’s 15-5 defeat to Ulster.

15. Ritchie Mullane (Shannon), 14. Sean Scanlon (Crescent College Comp.), 13. Murray Kinsella (Newtown College), 12. Scott Deasy (PBC), 11. John Verling (Roscrea College), 10. Andrew Burke (Crescent College Comp.), 9. Eoin Kennedy (UCC), 1. John Ryan (CBC), 2. Mike Sherry (Garryowen), 3. Stephen Archer (UCC), 4. Ian Nagle (Glenstal Abbey), 5. Dave Foley (UL Bohs), 6. Liam Og Murphy (Young Munster), 7. James O’Neill (Ardscoil Ris), 8. Kieran Essex (UCC)
Replacements: Matt Kearney (UCC), David Kilcoyne (Ardscoil Ris), John Griffin 9Young Munster), John Noonan, Noel Kinnane (UL Bohs), Diarmuid Upton (Crescent College Comp), Declan Cusack (Thomond), Mark Cosgrove (Thomond), Diarmuid McMahon (Castletroy College)

Manager: Alan Miller
Coaches: Hamish Adams and Ian Costello.
Physio: Scott Murphy.
Video Analysis: Lenny Browne.
Fitness Trainer: Ray Egan.
Kit Manager: Ian Fleming

Friday 31st August 2007
Connacht 10-18 Munster, Sportsgrounds

Saturday 8th September 2007
Munster v Leinster, Musgrave Park, Cork, Kick off 3pm

Friday 14th September 2007
Ulster v Munster, Ravenhill, Belfast, Kick off 7pm

Saturday 22nd September 2007
Finals, Athlone Co. Westmeath – Time TBC


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