Men’s Interpros: Leinster 1 Ulster 3

Leinster 1 (Stephen Butler) Ulster 3 (Eugene Magee, Timmy Cockram, Chris Cargo)
Leinster blew a golden chance to wrap up the interpros this afternoon as they let a 1-0 half-time lead slip in the face of an impressive Ulster second half performance.

The first period saw Andy McConnell and Stephen Butler boss proceedings in midfield while Joe Brennan’s long passing kept Ulster at arm’s length. Their efforts culminated in three first half corners, the first of which was converted in the fourth minute by Butler – high to the top-right corner.

Gareth Watkins thought he had doubled the lead in the 11th minute when he slid the ball under Lennox but Mitch Darling was adjudged to have backed into a defender in the build-up and the effort was chalked off.

It meant the blues had just the one goal to show for a dominant half, though clear openings were few and far between.

And Leinster were made to pay after the break, the game undergoing an about-turn in a hectic three minute spell. Mark Gleghorne and Eugene Magee combined beautifully for the leveller in the 38th minute, Magee finishing sublimely after twisting a defender and Iain Walker from close-range.

Brennan went off injured a minute later when a snap-shot caught him nastily on the knee and within moments, Ulster were ahead. Timmy Cockram pinched the ball from Butler in midfield played in Mark Gleghorne who returned the favour for Cockram to zing reverse in at Walker’s near post.

And late call-up Chris Cargo completed the win in the 45th minute with a crashing reverse, set up by a completely unmarked Magee. Leinster tried in vain to get back into the game, Alan Sothern going closest from one of four corners in the second half – winning that overall tally 7-1 – but Gleghorne took the effort off the line.

Johnny Jackson was superb in keeping the blue forces at bay while Butler sat out the last four minutes, receiving his marching orders for dissent.

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