Connacht 27 Ulster 25

The Connacht U20s started the weekend of age grade rugby activities off with a narrow 27-25 win against Ulster on Friday afternoon at the Sportsground.connachtu20-350

Ulster started the game in a very positive manner with Paddy Colhoun scorching in for an unconverted try early in the game to give them a 0-5 lead. Connacht responded to this early set back with a try and conversion from fly half Sean O’Hagan after twelve minutes. Midway through the first half Jacob Knight was on the end of a flowing Ulster move to touch down for a try, converted by Mark Best for a 7-12 lead.
Good work from the Connacht flanker, Rory Moloney, paved the way for a Connacht penalty which O’Hagan converted to reduce the arrears to 10-12 but just before the interval Best converted a penalty to leave the scoreline reading 10-15 in favour of Ulster at the interval.

Ten minutes into the second half O’Hagan was successful with a second penalty but Ulster still held a 13-15 advantage. Connacht despite having flanker Sam McCormack sent to the sin bin, then took control of the game and scored two quick tries through Jacob Walshe and O’Hagan. Once again, O’Hagan was successful with his conversion kicks to put the home team into a 27-15 lead.

The Ulster team made a determined effort to rescue the result in the final few minutes of the game. Josh Bingham kicked a penalty to take the score to 27-18 and a David Busby try converted by Best left the final score reading 27-25 in favour of Connacht.

Connacht will complete their interpro series this Friday at 3pm against Munster in The Sportsground.

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