Monday 11 December 2017

U-18 girls target clean sweep after double whammy

Leinster's U-18s girls got their 2015 interprovincial development series off to a winning start with comprehensive victories over Connacht (21-0) and Munster (27-18) in glorious sunshine at Westmanstown RFC last Saturday.

Leinster made a nervous start, with a spirited Connacht holding the sides level until the 10th minute when Wicklow's Ciara Patrick touched down after a great break from Tullow's Bethany Sharpe.

The conversion attempt bounced off the post and the score remained 5-0 at half-time.

The girls upped the tempo in the second half and a penalty from Portlaoise's Liz Brophy was followed by a superb passage of play which saw her Portlaoise clubmate and U-18 Irish Sevens international Eimear Corri going over in the corner.

Brophy scored a try of her own after 38 minutes and she added another penalty in the final minute, giving the dominant Leinster side a 21-0 victory.

Leinster faced Munster in their second match of the day.

Having beaten Ulster 10-0 earlier, Munster were aiming high but a superb try from Corri in the opening minute after a great break from Louise Scully (Portlaoise) set the scene for another dominant Leinster performance.

Munster scored a penalty, but Leinster captain Caoimhe Molloy (Gorey) led the blue charge as the girls exerted intense pressure.


Their hard work was rewarded when Wicklow's Ciara Patrick scored her second try, converted by Brophy.

Leinster kept up the pace and Megan Burns (Tullamore) added another five points, bringing the score to 17-3 at half-time.

Munster opened the second half with a try from Yvonne O'Shea, but Leinster regrouped with Burns scoring a second try.

O'Shea crossed the line again before Leinster added a try from the dangerous Scully.

Munster scored another try just before the final whistle, but the full-time score was 27-18 to the home side.

Two assured performances from the Leinster girls mean they head into their final game against Ulster in Portadown RFC tomorrow at 2.0 with a chance of a clean sweep in this year's series.

Irish Independent

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