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Result | Ireland U20s Win In Cork

30th December 2019 By The Editor

Jack Crowley gets set to take the conversion.

Jack Crowley gets set to take the conversion. INPHO/Oisin Keniry

The Ireland U20s produced an impressive display in the annual challenge match at Irish Independent Park running in six tries to record a 43-27 win over Munster A/Development on Sunday afternoon.

The game as always serves its worth as a preparatory exercise five weeks ahead of the Under-20 Six Nations opener against Scotland at the Cork venue.

Tickets for the Under-20 Six Nations fixtures can be bought online here.

Academy man Thomas Ahern (Shannon), Cork Constitution’s Jack Crowley and UCC’s Harry O’Riordan all started for the Ireland U20s.

Winger Andrew Smith demonstrated his potential with a hat-trick of tries but it was the composure and place-kicking of Bandon native Jack Crowley, that stood out most in front of a large Sunday afternoon crowd.

With his forward pack, led by captain Thomas Clarkson and hooker Thomas Stewart, providing front-foot ball, Crowley pulled the strings for Noel McNamara’s charges while scoring 13 points off the tee.

Ethan McIlroy, Thomas Ahern and Harry O’Riordan also dotted down for Ireland, with Eoghan Clarke (2), Ronan Quinn and Jack Delaney getting on the scoresheet for Peter Malone’s Munster outfit.

IRELAND UNDER-20: Oran McNulty (Corinthians RFC/Connacht), Ethan McIlroy (Queens RFC/Ulster), Harry O’Riordan (UCC RFC/Munster), Hayden Hyde (Ballynahinch RFC/Ulster), Andrew Smith (Clontarf FC/Leinster), Jack Crowley (Cork Constitution FC/Munster), Lewis Finlay (Malone RFC/Ulster); Marcus Hannan (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster), Tom Stewart (Ballynahinch RFC/Ulster), Tom Clarkson (Dublin University FC/Leinster)(captain), Brian Deeny (Clontarf FC/Leinster), Thomas Ahern (Shannon RFC/Munster), Sean O’Brien (UCD RFC/Leinster), Mark Hernan (Lansdowne FC/Leinster), Joshua Dunne (Galwegians RFC/Connacht).

Replacements used: John McKee for Stewart, Harry Noonan for Hannan, Charlie Ward for Clarkson, Max O’Reilly for McNulty (all 51 mins), Joe McCarthy for Ahern, Alex Soroka for Hernan, Cathal Forde for Crowley, Diarmuid Kilgallen for McIlroy (all 58), Conor McKee for Finlay (62).

MUNSTER A/DEVELOPMENT: Jamie Shanahan (UL Bohs), Ronan Quinn (Dublin University), Tommy Downes (Galwegians), Jack Delaney (Garryowen), Seán French, Alan Tynan, Charlie O’Doherty; Mark Donnelly (Garryowen), Eoghan Clarke, James French, Eoin O’Connor, Paddy Kelly, Cian Hurley Capt. (Garryowen), Anthony Ryan (Dublin University), Daniel Okeke (Shannon).

Replacements used: Amhlaoibh Porter (Cork Con) for Hurley (9), Killian Coghlan (UCC) for Downes (10), Kieran O’Shea (UL Bohs) for Clarke (50), Ben Murphy (Guest) for O’Doherty (50), Ciaran Ryan (Cashel) for French (53), Liam Bishop (IQ) for Donnelly (56), Aidan Brien (UCC) for Kelly, Farrell O’Donoghue (Cashel) for Ryan (both 62), Tim Corkery (Guest) for Quinn (63).

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