Connacht Juniors Match Report

28 April 2024

Connacht Juniors Match Report

Match Report | Ulster Juniors 47-12 Connacht

The Connacht Juniors kicked off their Junior Interpro series with a tough loss against a strong Ulster side with a scoreline of 47 points to 12 at City of Derry’s ground at Judges Road.

City of Derry RFC were celebrating the opening of their Judges Road Club thirty years ago, and it was very fitting that their only starting player winger Killeen Thornton, scored the opening try from a superb cross field kick pass by out half Eddie Keys, which the number 10 converted.

At this stage, Ulster had weathered a strong opening from Connacht, and on fifteen minutes they had try number two, when second row James Wright drove over after strong forward play.

Two more scores came before the half hour mark, when firstly a superb piece of passing saw wing forward, Curtis Pollock, over at the corner, and then a five metre line out saw hooker, Matthew Coulter, power over, to leave the scoreline 26-0 in Ulster’s favour.

In extra time, Ulster had their fifth score when full back, Michael Orr, hit the line superbly and raced over, with Keyes converting the last three touchdowns for a commanding 33-0 lead.

HT: Ulster 33-0 Connacht

After the break, play was disrupted for a couple of injuries but both players recovered, and soon after, a sweeping Ulster attack saw Thornton dive over in the corner for his brace of scores.

Connacht then had a player yellow-carded for a deliberate knock down, but they upped their tempo, and on 65 minutes were rewarded for their endeavours when winger, Ethan Griffiths, dived over in the corner, and fellow winger Ian Murphy converted with a superb strike for their first points.

Ulster then brought on forward replacements and soon after Ulster had their seventh try, when number eight, Jack Gamble, broke through from a line out, and Keyes converted for his sixth conversion and a 47-6 scoreline.

The Westerners had their consolation score when replacement centre, Louis McVitty, was on the end of good interpassing and handling.

Conacht Head Coach, Alan Bane will be looking ahead to their home Interprovincial match against Leinster next Saturday, 2nd May in Creggs RFC at 2:30 PM. 

FT: Ulster 47-12 Connacht