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Munster put final nail in Leinster's interpro bid

LEINSTER'S domination of the FAI Schools Boys Under-18 Interprovincial Tournament came to an end in Dublin as Munster claimed their first title in six years.

A 1-0 defeat by Connacht in game two left the reigning champions heading into the final day at the AUL Complex and a goalless draw against Munster was enough to give the southerners the title on goal difference.

A third-place finish will hardly satisfy manager John McShane, especially after his side got off to the best possible start last Friday with a 2-1 victory over Ulster.

Aiden Sweeney's consolation was not enough to save the northerners as Kevin O'Connor of St Peter's College in Wexford grabbed the all-important brace to set Leinster on their way.

The following day, however, the wheels began to come off the title charge as Conor Barry's strike settled the game in Connacht.

Despite the Westerners finishing the job on Sunday with a 1-0 victory over Ulster, Leinster were unable to break through against their fierce rivals Munster and the latter triumphed overall as a result of their opening-day victory over second-placed Connacht.

Leinster: Stephen McGuinness (Col Chraobh Abhann, Kilcoole), Jamie Goonery (Palmerstown CS), Steven Byrne (Clonkeen Coll), Kilian Cantwell (St Kieran's Coll), Conor Moore (Palmerstown CS), Kevin O'Connor (St Peter's Coll, Wexford), Peter Hopkins (Larkin CC), Cormac Breslin (Arklow CBS), Alan Gannon (St Joseph's, Fairview), Clayton Stafford (Collinstown Park CC), Dylan Kavanagh (Salesian Coll, Celbridge) Dylan Cashin (Malahide CS), Colm Poole (Clonaslee Coll, Laois), Nika Arevadze (St Kilian's DSD), Gregory Sloggett (St Oliver's CC, Drogheda), Andrew Murphy (Col Chill Mhantain).

Management: John McShane (Dublin Oak Academy, Bray), Paddy O'Reilly (Trinity CS, Ballymun), Conor Foley (Athlone CC), Ferdia McKeown (Physio).


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