Connacht took on Ulster on Friday evening in perfect conditions at Dubarry Park for the second round of Inter-provincial U20 clashes. Ulster took the advantage after 17 minutes with a penalty from out half Stuart Olding but Connacht struck back when after 23 minutes right wing Alex O’Meara intercepted a wayward pass in the Ulster midfield to race in under the posts which was converted by Darragh Leader. The halftime score settled at 7-3 to Connacht and the momentum was with the home side.

Ulster dominated the opening exchanges of the second half, controlling both possesion and territory and after 54 minutes Ulster reduced the advantage to 1 with another penalty from Olding to leave the score at 7-6. With just minutes on the clock and after numerous phases in the Connacht ’22, Olding popped over a drop goal to put Ulster up by 9-7. Right on full time Connacht were awarded a penalty on the half way line which dropped just to the left of the posts to give Ulster there second win of the championship and sets them up for a title decider against Munster next week. Connacht will finish with a 3pm kick off next Friday against Leinster at the Sportsground, Galway.

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