Saturday 18 November 2017

Late Carty penalty snatches it for Connacht

Out-half Jack Carty landed a difficult penalty from 22 metres on the right wing to snatch victory at the death for Connacht Eagles at the Sportsground.

Ulster Ravens looked set for victory when tries from Neil McComb and Ross Adair saw them open up a 29-21 lead 10 minutes from time. But a Finn Gormley try put Connacht back in contention.

Ulster were on top initially and hit the front with a try from Chris Cochrane after a good burst by Neil McComb, but by the interval Connacht were 14-5 ahead.

They ran in two excellent tries, with centre Conor Finn scoring the first after 18 minutes, and Matt Healy touching down a short time later.

Rickey Andrew pulled back a try for Ulster four minutes after the restart before a Steve Macauley break finished with Toal-Lennon scoring for Connacht.

A second try from Cochrane reduced the margin to 21-17 in the final quarter.

Ulster seemed poised for victory with those tries from McComb and Adair before Connacht came with their late rally with Carty snatching the win with the final kick of the game.

Connacht Eagles – S Toal-Lennon (F Gormley 69); S Macauley, T Leader (J Harimate 40), C Finn, M Healy; J Carty, M Walsh; R Ah You (F Bealham 64), D Heffernan, JP Cooney (P Reilly 68); U Dillane (E Earle 75), C Kindregan; J Gardiner (K O'Byrne 66), M Fifita, A Conneely (S Collins 68).

Ulster Ravens – P Nelson (R Adair 60); M Allen, R Andrew, S McCloskey, C Cochrane; N O'Connor, M Heaney; K McCall (J Craig 65), N Annett, R Lutton; A O'Connor, N McComb, N Faloon, A Birch, S O'Connell (B Alexander 46).

Ref – G Conway (IRFU).

Irish Independent

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