Sunday 24 September 2017

O'Hagan the inspiration for Connacht

Connacht U-20 27 Ulster U-20 25

Fly-half Sean O'Hagan weaved his magic as Connacht picked up a hard-fought win after staging a memorable second-half comeback to overcome Ulster at the Sportsground.

Fly-half Sean O'Hagan weaved his magic as Connacht picked up a hard-fought win after staging a memorable second-half comeback to overcome Ulster at the Sportsground.

O'Hagan scored two tries and accounted for all but five of his side's points. Trailing by five at the break after Paddy Colhoun's early try for Ulster, Jimmy Duffy's side turned on the style to keep their championship hopes alive.

Colhoun hit Connacht with the first attack of the game, but the home side soon took the lead after O'Hagan touched down and converted after 12 minutes.

Eight minutes later Ulster re-took the lead when Jacob Knight got on the end of a flowing move to score a fine team try.

Mark Best added the extra points, but O'Hagan hit back for the home side with a penalty after great work from Rory Maloney.

Ulster took a 15-10 lead into the break when Best slotted his second kick five minutes from the break, but that advantage was back to two in the 50th minute when O'Hagan split the uprights.

With flanker Sam McCormack in the sin bin, Connacht managed to produce a huge effort with tries from Jacob Walshe and O'Hagan giving them a 27-15 lead.

Ulster recovered late on via a penalty from Josh Bingham and a late try from David Busby, but the clock put paid to their comeback.

Connacht U-20 – B Carty; M Mellotte, R Parata, A McAleer, E O'Reilly; S O'Hagan, C Blade; J Walshe, S Flanagan, S Meunargia; J O'Rourke, S Boyle; S McCormack, R Moloney, S O'Brien (capt). Reps: C Duffy, D McCardle, A Barr, J Dineen, P Hackett, C Kerins, M O'Keeffe, C Ryan.

Ulster U-20 – D Busby; P Colhoun, J Knight, M Best, C McKee; J Bingham, C Young; D Morton, P Finlay, R Kane; M Campbell, B Alexander; F Taggart (capt), J Atkinson, L Dow. Reps: A Kerr, J Craig, M Lagan, A Thompson, S Bar, M Rainey, R Adair, M Cartmill.

Ref – L Colgan.

Irish Independent

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