Friday 23 February 2018

Last-gasp Doyle try grabs draw

Wales 26 Ireland 26

Mike Brown

David Doyle's dramatic injury-time try earned Ireland's U-20s a draw at Parc y Scarlets last night.

First-half tries from Martin Moore and Craig Gilroy helped Mike Ruddock's men to an 18-17 half-time advantage.

Three penalties from home fly-half Matthew Morgan looked to have secured Wales a narrow victory but Doyle pounced in the 83rd minute to clinch a share of the spoils. Ireland could have won it, but Paddy Jackson struck the left-hand post with the conversion.

Ireland got off to the perfect start with a Jackson penalty but Wales struck back with a try against the run of play from Adam Warren.

And Ireland grabbed a stranglehold on the game when Moore drove over from close range after 15 minutes, before Craig Gilroy showed his attacking capability with a fine try.

But Wales regrouped and capitalised on another Ireland mistake with their second try, Owen Williams racing clear to score after Blane McIlroy had spilt the ball after a heavy hit.

Ireland hit the ground running in the second half and Jackson added a third penalty on 43 minutes. Wales got back on the scoreboard thanks to the boot of Morgan, who edged his side into a 26-21 lead with three more penalties.

The game looked dead and buried for Ruddock's men but after a succession of penalties, Doyle crashed over to level the score.

WALES -- S Shingler; A Warren (R James 60), B John, O Williams, H Robinson; M Morgan, L Jones (J Evans 63); R Jones (R Evans 50), K Myhill (S Parry 65), W Taylor; M Cook (capt), M Screech (C Hill 45); E Siggery, B Thomas, L Hamilton.

IRELAND -- M Sherlock; C Gilroy, A Kelly, L Marshall, A Boyle; P Jackson, B McIlroy (M Dolan 55); J Tracy, N Annett (capt, D Doyle 13), M Moore (T Furlong 73), M Kearney, D Qualter (N Henderson 59), S Buckley, J Murphy, A Connelly.

Ref -- M Mitrea (Italy).

Irish Independent

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