Monday 19 February 2018

Munster's 13 men keep Ayr out

Munster 'A' 9 Ayr 3

Munster 'A' just managed to eke out a hard-fought victory thanks to the boot of JJ Hanrahan.

He converted a 30-metre penalty in the 16th minute and doubled the lead from 40 metres on 24 minutes after the Ayr front-row transgressed in the scrum.

Coach Ian Costello needed this victory, and it was never in doubt until Munster were reduced to 13 players for the final five minutes and added time.

Munster's success was based on the strength of their pack and they led 6- 3 at the interval.

Another penalty in the 48th minute, conceded by Ayr's tight- head Moray Low, resulted in a yellow and three more points for Hanrahan.

In a tense finish, yellow cards for Paddy Butler and James Rael saw some desperate defending for the final five minutes.

Somehow they managed to keep Ayr out and claim another win in typical Munster fashion.

MUNSTER 'A' - S Scanlon; L O'Dea ( C Hircock 66 inj) , T Gleeson, JJ Hanrahan, R O'Mahony; D Cusack, D Williams; D Kilcoyne, D Casey( J Rael 64 inj), C Condon ( P Borlase 65) ; D Foley ( D O'Callaghan 53) , I Nagle; B Holland (capt) P Butler, T O'Donnell.

AYR - G Anderson, R Dalgleish, R Curle, M Stewart, C Taylor, R Fergusson, A J McFarlane (M McConnell 55) G Reid, H Wisnewski (S Sutherland h-t), M Low, J Dunning (D Davidson h-t), C White, A Dunlop (C Forrester h-t), J Willis, R Culhoun

REF - Rhys Thomas (WRU)

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