A CROWD of less than 200 spectators witnessed Leinster overwhelm Ulster in a one-sided semi-final at St Loman's Park, Trim.
Within 25 seconds, Colin Fennelly had the opening goal for a strong Leinster side and by the 20th minute, his side had added three further goals to open up a 4-5 to 0-4 lead. Full-forward Joe Bergin pounced for the second goal, Paul Ryan had another from a penalty on eight minutes before Fennelly notched his second.
By half- time, Leinster had stretched their lead 5-11 to 0-6.
Ulster to their credit never gave up the fight even though they conceded a sixth goal within five minutes of the restart when Ryan O'Dwyer netted.
They enjoyed a productive spell between the 53rd and 62nd minutes during which they outscored the Leinster men eight points to one.
The Northern side had a goal chance following a foul on substitute Ruairi Convery but Neil McManus blasted over the bar from the resultant penalty.
Their outstanding attacker Paul Shiels did eventually find the net from a free on the left wing a minute from the finish but by that stage the Leinster goal tally had reached eight.
Substitute Jack Guiney found the net shortly after coming on and Joe Bergin completed the winners' goal tally.
SCORERS – Leinster: C Fennelly 2-2, J Bergin 2-0, E Larkin 1-3 (1f), P Ryan (1-0 pen), J Guiney 1-2 each, R O'Dwyer 1-1, D Currams 0-3, P Murphy, C Keaney 0-2 each, J McCaffrey 0-1. Ulster: P Shiels 1-5 (1-4fs), N McManus 0-5 (0-1 pen), N McKenna, C Clarke 0-4 each, C Woods, A Grant, D McKernan 0-1 each.
LEINSTER – G Maguire (Dublin); P Murphy (Kilkenny), P Kelly (Dublin), C Kenny (Wexford); T Walsh (Kilkenny), L Chin (Wexford), R Kehoe (Wexford); M Carton (Dublin), E Larkin (Kilkenny); C Keaney (Dublin), R O'Dwyer (Dublin), J McCaffrey (Dublin); C Fennelly (Kilkenny), J Bergin (Offaly), P Ryan (Dublin). Subs: D Currams (Offaly) for Ryan (45), J Guiney (Wexford) for Fennelly (45), N O'Brien (Westmeath) for O'Dwyer(53), D English (Carlow) for Walsh (53), G Synnott (Wexford) for Carton (60).
ULSTER – S Doherty (Armagh); B McFall (Antrim), C McKinley (Antrim), S Ennis (Down); C Woods (Down), N McAuley (Antrim), S McCrory (Antrim); J McGreevey (Antrim), K Hinphey (Derry); N McKenna (Antrim), C Carson (Antrim), P Shiels (Antrim); C Clarke (Antrim), N McManus (Antrim), R Gaffney (Armagh). Subs: M Bradley (Antrim) for Hinphey (24), D McKernan (Antrim) for McFall (h-t), P Sheehan (Down) for McCrory (h- t), R Convery (Derry) for Gaffney (48), A Grant for McKenna (53).
REF – J Keane (Galway)