Tuesday 22 August 2017

Boyle leaves it late to get U-20s off to perfect start

Scotland U-20s 19-20 Ireland U-20s

Ireland U-20s player Johnny McPhillips Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Ireland U-20s player Johnny McPhillips Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ireland struck for a match-winning try seven minutes from time to get their U-20 campaign off to a winning start last night.

But then the Scots blew a chance to win it two minutes from time but missed a penalty and Ireland held on for what is only their second ever win in Scotland in the Six Nations.

Scotland's Darcy Graham wins a high ball ahead of Colm Hogan of Ireland Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Scotland's Darcy Graham wins a high ball ahead of Colm Hogan of Ireland Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Flanker Paul Boyle was the late try-scoring hero for Ireland as they completed the double over Scotland, having earlier won the women's encounter with a late try.

Ireland were chasing the game from the outset as Scotland, with eight survivors from last season, got an early grip at Broadwood Stadium. The Scots, with an impressive pack, hit the front after eight minutes when a penalty to the left corner yielded the opening try.

Ireland did well to defend three close-range drives but when scrum-half Andrew Simmers popped it out, centre Cameron Hutchison timed his run to perfection to crash over. Josh Henderson added the extras to make it 7-0 but with tighthead Peter Cooper, lock Fineen Wycherley and flanker Cillian Gallagher, a survivor from last year, making an impact, Nigel Carolan's men got back in the game.

Johnny McPhillips, the only other member of last year's squad which reached the U-20 World Championship final, slotted a couple of penalties to make it 7-6 at the end of the opening quarter.

Johnny McPhillips, below, and Adam Moloney of Ireland celebrate after the match Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Johnny McPhillips, below, and Adam Moloney of Ireland celebrate after the match Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

However, Scotland picked it up again with fleet-footed full-back Darcy Graham superb, they dominated most of the remainder of the opening half and while St Mary's Jordan Larmour denied Graham a try in the corner eight minutes from the break, two more penalties from Henderson made it 13-6 at the interval.

Ireland hit back after the restart and were rewarded by going to the corner with a penalty just four minutes in. Lock Oisin Dowling collected the throw, Ireland got the drive on and hooker Tadhg McElroy peeled around to score. The conversion from McPhillips tied the match at 13-13.

But two more penalties from Henderson saw Scotland take a 19-13 lead into the final quarter with the wind at their backs.

But then seven minutes from time Ireland got in for a superb forwards try, mauling their way from 35 metres out on the right through about a dozen phases before flanker Paul Boyle managed to get over.

McPhillips (above) added the conversion to edge Ireland 20-19 in front going into the closing stages.

Then Scotland had a chance to win it but Henderson missed the target from 42 metres after Irish hooker McElroy was pinged for not rolling away.

Scotland - D Graham; R Nairn, C Pringle, C Hutchison (S McDowall 75), R McCann; J Henderson, A Simmers (C Shiel 13-18); G Thornton (F Bradbury 40), F Renwick, A Nicol (D Winning 74); A Craig (H Bain 55), C Hunter-Hill; L Crosbie, M Fagerson, T Dodd (B Flockhart 55).

Ireland - J Kelly (T O'Brien 63); J Larmour, G Mullin, C Frawley, C Hogan; J McPhillips, J Stewart (J Lyons 67); J Conway (R Mulvihill 76), T McElroy (A Moloney 78), P Cooper (C Connolly 63); F Wycherley, O Dowling; C Gallagher (J Regan 76), P Boyle, C Doris (M Rea 75).

Ref - C Ridley (England)

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