Leinster have taken the initiative in both the U-18 and U-16 boy’s interprovincial tournaments, both getting wins over Munster to lead the pack after day one.
Jack Ryan’s second half double handed the blues U-18s the win in treacherous conditions in Garryduff as the cold threatened to put the last game of day one on ice.
After a scoreless first half which Leinster edged, Dan Moore the busier of the two goalkeepers, Ryan got his first off the back of a Munster slip. It was a well-worked move that followed down the right with the Sutton striker on hand to finish off.
The southern province did fight back while Mark Loughrey served a yellow card sin-binning but, back at full strength, Ryan finished a quick-passing move with six minutes to go to kill off the tie.
Between times, David Whitaker took a drag off the line while Moore kept out three more corners but they were not needed as Leinster prevailed 2-0. Earlier, Munster came from a goal behind to stun Ulster 3-1 as Simon Wolfe cancelled out Michael Robson’s first half opener.
U-18 IHA player of the year nominee Gary Wilkinson popped in a corner rebound and Alex Burns’ stunning 70-metre run created the clincher for Clyde Buttimer in a 3-1 win.
In the U-16 competition, Jordan Larmour ran the show in a first half mauling of Munster as Leinster ran up a 6-0 lead before the break with one particularly stunning effort.
David Nolan also stood out as they went on to an 8-1 win, Larmour netting a hat-trick with doubles from Nolan and Freddie Morris, too. They lead the pack after Ulster and Munster shared a quiet goalless draw in the tournament’s opener.
Boy’s Interprovincials, day one:
U-18 results: Munster 3 (Simon Wolfe, Gary Wilkinson, Clyde Buttimer) Ulster 1 (Michael Robson); Leinster 2 (Jack Ryan 2) Munster 0
Standings (played): 1. Leinster (1) 3pts (+2) 2. Munster (2) 3pts (0) 3. Ulster (1) 0pts (-2)
U-16 results: Leinster 8 (Jordan Larmour 3, Fred Morris 2, David Nolan 2, Geoff Cole) Munster 1 (Declan Murphy); Munster 0 Ulster 0
Standings (played): 1. Leinster (1) 3pts (+7) 2. Ulster (1) 1pt (0) 3. Munster (1) 1pt (-7)