Connacht U18  21    Munster U18  3                       

The Connacht U18 club side beat Munster at the Sportsground on Saturday, in the semi-finals of the interprovincial championship. From the kick-off Connacht tore into the U18s v Munster2opposition and following a combination of forward drives allied to line breaks by their backs, second row Rory Murphy crashed over to give the hosts an early lead. Munster immediately responded with a penalty to leave the score at 5-3 to Connacht. As half time approached Connacht’s dominance was rewarded when centre Sean Dempsey cut through to sore a converted try.  Another  Conor Lownde’s penalty left the score at 15-3 to Connacht.

Munster come more into game after the break, but any chance they had of making a recovery where quenched when Conor Lownes converted two further penalties to leave the final score ate 21-3 to the Westerners.    

Connacht meet Leinster in Mullingar RFC in the Interprovincial Final next Saturday, 19th January (KO: 1.30pm).

Connacht XV: (15-9) Cathal Evans (Corinthians), Harry Hughes (Buccaneers), Conor Lowndes (Galwegians), Sean Dempsey (Buccaneers), Paddy Glavey (Westport), Sean Tobin (Westport), Jason Mitchell (Galwegians)

(1-8) Conor Kyne (Galwegians), Pat O’Toole (Westport), Craig Hansberry (Corinthians), Rory Murphy (Westport), Aaron Broderick (Corinthians), Evan Galvin (Buccaneers), Darragh Maher (Monivea), Jack Codyre (Ballinasloe – Captain).

Replacements: (16-23) Conan O’Donnell (Sligo,) Cathal Laheen (Monivea) Fintan Murphy (Castlebar), Harry Power (Galwegians), Fergal Tully (Ballina), Michael Green (Creggs), Sean Doyle (Buccaneers) Finn Stoneman (Galwegians), Edward Dunning (Westport)

Munster  XV:  (15-9) Sean Cremin (Kanturk), Joe White (Clonakilty), Kieran Duggan (Highfield), Mark Dorgan (Highfield), Eoin O’Carroll (Tralee), Dylan Horgan (Highfield), Ronan O’Halloran (Ennis),

(1-8) Brendan Quinlan (Clanwilliam), Eamonn Costello (Bruff), Eoghan Green (Highfield), Darragh Power (Waterpark), Aaron Hogan (Youghal), Idris Rqibi (Skibereen), Luke O’Leary (Sunday’s Well), Tobi Ademakin (Garryowen).

 Replacements: Philip Poylett (Clonalilty), Keith O’Riordan (Cashel) Stephen Shine (Garryowen), Sean O’Leary (Midleton), Connell Dodd (Waterpark), Rob O’Halloran (Cork Constitution), Robbie Walsh (Waterpark), Gareth Molloy (Waterpark), Liam O’Connell (Cork Constitution), Eathon Moloney (Nenagh Ormond).

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