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O'Shea in flying form to slay Scots

IRELAND u-18 25 SCOTLAND U-18 12

Ireland U-18 Schools began the preparations for the defence of their European Championship in Madrid over Easter with this impressive outing against a solid Scotland in the baking sun at Coolmine RFC yesterday.

Right-wing Greg O'Shea's chip and chase thwarted Scotland for a superb opportunist try in the seventh minute. Conor McKeon converted from the right and then slotted a 12th-minute penalty.

McKeon knocked over his second three-pointer and centre Rory O'Loughlin pounced for a try in the 29th minute before Scotland wing Ed Farquharson slid over for the first of his two tries to leave it 18-5 at the break.

Rory O'Loughlin was binned for a deliberate knock-on as Scotland came into the game. O'Shea was back on the attack again only for the referee to award a penalty try when the last Scottish defender caved in under pressure, deliberately batting the ball forward.

Farquharson's injury-time try, converted by replacement Gavin Lowe, probably gave a better reflection of the general play in what was Ireland's first international of the season.

Ireland U-18 -- B Dardis (C O'Donnell 62); G O'Shea, R O'Loughlin (D Johnston 42), H Brewer, C Kelleher (J Fullerton 59); C McKeon (G Lyons 61), B Holland (R O'Farrell 48); C Slowey (S Delahunt 46), M Abbott (D Donnellan 61), E McKeever (S Meunargia 46), R Molony (D Moloney 52), S O'Brien, D Leavy (Capt, S Boyle 61), J O'Neill, P Timmins (R Maloney 48).

Scotland U-18 -- G McConnell; S Pecqueur, F Robson (C McKenzie-Lawrie 49), N Herron, E Farquharson; B Cooper (G Lowe h-t), A Glashan (Capt, M McAndrew 49); D Rae, J Malcolm (B Jardine 57), P Cringle, D Campbell (A Cramond 57), N Irvine-Hess, T Spinks, C Dean, C Turner.

Ref -- N Correll (IRFU).

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