Thursday 27 October 2016

Nunan's try in vain as U-18 girls fall short

Published 07/10/2016 | 02:30

The Munster U-18 Girls team that were beaten by Ulster in the Interpro decider last week
The Munster U-18 Girls team that were beaten by Ulster in the Interpro decider last week

The Munster U-18 Girls fell at the last hurdle as they lost 20-8 to Ulster in Dublin last Saturday in the deciding fixture of the inaugural Interprovincial competition.

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It has been an outstanding debut campaign for Eugene McCarthy and Denis Stevenson's young side, with a number of players eligible to play at this level again next year.

The crunch clash against Ulster, which was played as part of a final day double-header in Westmanstown RFC, was a thrilling encounter with both sides playing some excellent rugby.

Munster took the lead on the half-hour as centre Enya Breen slotted over a penalty. Ulster, who had won both of their opening games, hit back with a Claire Boles try just before half-time to make it 5-3 at the interval.

Another try from Neve Jones, this one converted by Lisa Mullen, moved Ulster into a commanding position before their first penalty made it 15-3, with Munster in desperate need of the next score.

And they got it thanks to a try in the corner from winger Stephanie Nunan with the deficit now cut to seven, but a third Ulster try towards the end from Brittany Horgan meant the new trophy was heading north rather than south.

It was a campaign to remember for Munster as they earned a 33-7 opening day win over Connacht and then battled their way to a draw away to Leinster before falling just short in the decider.

The senior women's team play their Interprovincial championship in December and face a tough task with away fixtures against Ulster and Leinster, with the home game against Connacht taking place in Cork.

The Women's All Ireland League is currently in full swing with UL Bohemians joint top of Division 1 after three wins from three, with Highfield struggling at the wrong end of the eight-team table.

UL Bohs are away to fellow high-flyers Galwegians in the weekend's biggest match at Crowley Park tomorrow (4.0) as Highfield host mid-table Cooke at Woodleigh Park on Sunday (1.0).

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