Inter Provincial Results – Sunday Oct 22
Ulster 5-0 Leinster South – Havelock Park
Munster 1-1 Connacht (Munster win Penalty Shootout) – Catholic Institute
Ulster 4-2 Leinster South – Havelock Park
Munster 5-0 Connacht – Catholic Institute
In Catholic Institute, Connacht U16s drew with Munster to get a point on the board. Munster won the penalty shootout to take the extra bonus point. In Banbridge, Ulster had a comfortable win over Leinster South with 5 goals. U18 Women: Back in Catholic Institute, Munster U18s beat Connacht by the same margin. While the Ulster V Leinster South U18 game was a tighter affair – Ulster held on for the win 4-2. These results mean the finals on 12th November will be contested by both Leinster and Ulster in both age groups. Before then though Munster and Leinster South will compete for 3rd place with matches in Loreto Kilkenny next weekend. While Leinster and Ulster will have an opportunity to size each other up in Dundalk in their final league games.
Ulster 4-2 Munster – Sport Ireland Campus
Ulster took the bonus point from the last fixture between these teams and were determined to stay in touching distance of Leinster when they played Munster today in the sport Ireland Campus. It was a close game with plenty of goals although Q1 ended 0-0. In Q2 Ulster took the lead with a field goal from Harry Thompson before Hayden Jones evened it up for Munster to close out the quarter. Three goals from corners and one from open play made for a lively 3rd quarter. Ulster’s Ethan Redford scored twice to create a 2-goal cushion before Jamie Horgan pulled one back for Munster. Ulster’s constant pressure paid off with a PC goal from Harry Thompson left Ulster with a 2-goal lead which they carried through Q4 to finish the game and pick up a valuable 3 points. Current standings: Leinster 6, Ulster 4 and Munster 1.
Ulster 6-3 Munster – Sport Ireland Campus
In a high tempo game at the Sport Ireland Campus Ulster came away with all 3 points against a strong Munster squad. The pace was set early in the first quarter when Ulster took the lead through a George Palmer goal. Munster were quick to respond and Peio Garate put away a penalty stroke to even things up before William McInerney gave them the lead. Shortly after George Palmer got his 2nd as Ulster also scored with a penalty stroke. In Q2 Adam McKee for Ulster scored through play as Ulster had the upper hand for most of the quarter. There was no love lost between the teams as they battled through the 3rd quarter, and it was end-to-end with Munster committing high numbers forward while chasing the equaliser. The pressure eventually paid off with a goal scored by Louis McDaid. As time moved on it looked likely the game would finish with a draw and require a penalty shoot-out. With 5 to go and a player down Ulster’s Matthew McAreavey got the lead back. Then Ulster stunned Munster with 2 more goals to finish the game off – both Mc Areavey and McKee getting 2nd goals. Next matches are 05-Nov Munster vs Leinster in Sport Ireland Campus and 19-Nov Ulster vs Leinster in Banbridge. Standing: Ulster 9, Leinster 3, Munster 0.
Under 16 Girls
Leinster South 2-0 Connacht
In Mullingar at Wilson’s Hospital School Leinster South played Connacht. In the under 16 game it was close all the way with Connacht on the attack for the most part before Sarah Richardson scored for Leinster South just at the the end of Q3. That took the wind out of Connacht. Olivia Gibson scored in the final quarter to give Leinster South a two goal cushion and they closed out Q4 without conceding.
Munster 1-3 Leinster
In Cork at the UCC Mardyke arena Leinster paid a visit to Munster and while it took a little while for them to settle they came away with a comfortable 3-1 win. Goals were scored by Daisy Costello, Juliette Duffy and Hollaí Quinn with a lone response from Munster by Emma Grace.
Standings: The win for Leinster sees them go to top of the Under 16 girls table on 9 points and are guaranteed a place in the final to be played on 12th November. Ulster have 6 points with two games to go. Leinster South have gone into 3rd place with 3 points
Under 18 Girls
Munster 1-4 Leinster
Leinster U18s had a convincing win against Munster in Cork at the UCC Mardyke arena – winning out 4-1. Goals from Milla Fulton, Sophie Kennedy, Aliya Davis and Matilda Erico. Munster goal-scorer was Rachel Somers.
Leinster South 2-1 Connacht
Back in Mullingar the game between Leinster South and Connacht was a tight match with Leinster South looking the more composed team with some good link play between their players. But it was close to the end of Q3 before Leinster South managed to take the lead with a goal from Amy Handcock. Q4 was a lively quarter with Connacht equalising through a penalty stroke, scored by Maeve McLoughlin, and then within 2 minutes Leinster South took the lead again through another penalty stroke taken by Amy Handcock.
Standings: The Under 18 girls table looks just the same as the Under 16s with Leinster sure of the place in the final. Ulster are in 2nd place with a game against Leinster South on 22nd October before their matchup with Leinster at the end of the month. Leinster South are also in 3rd place with two tough fixtures ahead of them
Ulster 1-5 Leinster
The first of the day’s two fixtures in Portrane played out in bright sunshine. Leinster dominated the first half with goals from Alfie LeQuesne and Toby Slye OConnell. Leinster missed a stroke to give them a 3-0 lead before Ulster’s Isaac Kelso pulled one back to leave the score 2-1 at half-time. Ulster came into quarter 3 with confidence and momentum but were unable to create many chances as the score remained 2-1 heading into the final quarter. Leinster took back control in the final quarter and after having an early shot hit the post Jake Fulton extended the Leinster lead to 3-1 mid-way through the final quarter after being set up by Alfie LeQuesne who powered through the centre of the pitch to lay it off. Shortly after Ulster pulled their keeper Leinster won a short corner and Alfie LeQuesne made no mistake with his 2nd goal. A final score from Riagen Dunne gave Leinster a 5-1 win – again into an empty net.
Leinster won the penalty shoot-out 4-3, so keep the advantage should both teams end the series on equal points.
Ulster 4-2 Leinster
The first half was a very even game. Leinster scored to take the lead through a Jack Geraghty strike from the top of the circle in the first quarter. Ulster came back and scored 2, putting George Palmer and Mathew McAreavey on the board. In q2 a Zach Silverman deflection brought Leinster back to 2-2 before Ulster’s Ethan Clothworthy scored to leave Ulster 3-2 going into the half-time break. Ulster had the upper hand in Q3 but no further scores. Leinster pulled their keeper in Q4 in search of an equaliser before conceding a 4th goal on the final whistle, scored by Joshua Baird. Final score Leinster 2-4 Ulster.
Ulster won the penalty shootout 4-2 and therefore have an advantage should both teams end the series on equal points.
Current standing at the halfway point (3 matches played):