Thursday 22 February 2018

Keeshan puts boot into Young Munster

Dolphin moved out of the relegation zone and into fifth place in Division 1A of the AIL after this victory at Musgrave Park.

Young Munster, who could have moved ahead of Garryowen into third, are now just three points ahead of Dolphin and will do well to hold on to fourth place.

"We were unlucky to lose to two of the top sides by narrow margins and we showed great character to come back and beat Young Munster," said Dolphin coach Steve Ford.

Shane O'Leary put Young Munster ahead with a penalty after four minutes but Barry Keeshan, who had a great day with the boot, kicking six of his seven attempts at goal, had Dolphin level on 14 minutes.

A try by Darren Gallagher on 40 minutes, converted by O'Leary, restored the Limerick side's advantage but a second Keeshan penalty left it 10-6 at half time.

Two Keeshan penalties early in the second half edged Dolphin in front, and winger James Kiernan went in for a try on 55 minutes before Keeshan added two further penalties to secure the points.

Dolphin – E Mills; J Kiernan, J Gleeson, C Bannon, G O'Suilleabhain; B Keeshan, B Slater; J Leahy, N Scannell, C Condon; D O'Mahoney, D O'Shea; R O'Herlihy, M Cronin, B O'Callaghan. Reps: W Foley, J Cronin, C Roe, P Hurley, C Bohane.

Young Munster – C O'Hanlon; D Lespierre, M Doyle, L Kuntz, D O'Neill; S O'Leary, M Prendergast; G Flaherty, G Slattery, A Cotter; S Duggan, D Gallagher; C Liston, M Rowley, N Melbourne. Reps: D Montgomery, H McGrath, J Considine, T Goggin, H McNulty.

Ref – M Patton (IRFU).

Disappointment for Mitchell's young guns

Ireland Clubs suffered what a heavy defeat in the U-18 international at Hamilton to undo much of their good work in the win over Italy two weeks ago.

On a pitch cleared of snow and then made wetter with frequent wintry showers, the match became a battle of the forwards and the Scots ruled in this area, their big ball-carriers effective in tearing gaps in the Irish defence.

"We're very disappointed, having had a good match against Italy U-18s a fortnight ago," said Ireland coach Wayne Mitchell. "We thought we had made genuine progress but the first half just killed us. We missed a lot of tackles – we didn't go low enough."

Ireland still had some impressive performances in defeat, notably from centre James Nolan, full-back Cathal Evans and flanker Conor Oliver. There was also a good showing from replacement out-half Conor O'Brien, who will have a further year in this age group.

Magnus Bradbury (2) and lock Lewis Carmichael got the tries for the hosts.

Ireland U-18 clubs – C Evans (Corinthians); A McGivney (Mullingar), S Moran (Kilkenny), J Nolan (Gorey), R Vallejo (New Ross); S O'Hagan (Exiles), J Cullen (Exiles); B Quinlan (Clanwilliam), J McKenna (Wicklow), C Hansberry (Corinthians), A Hogan (Youghal), K Treadwell (Exiles), C Ahearne (Wexford), C Oliver (Skerries), L Dow (Exiles). Subs used: L Walshe (Wicklow), N Hannon (Mullingar), H Hester (Navan), A Purcell (Mullingar), I Rqibi (Skibbereen), J Carberry (Athy), C O'Brien (Mullingar), S Cremin (Kanturk).

Irish Independent

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