Men’s U-21 Interprovincials
Shane O’Donoghue’s hat trick underpinned Leinster’s easy start to the U-21 interpros, beating Munster 6-1 on the Comber road as showed his international class.
For the first, he deceived two lunging tackles before unleashing a thunderous reverse from the left off the inside of the far post. Simon McKeever tapped in the second when O’Donoghue’s sliding pass found David Watkins unmarked on the right of the circle and he simply laid across for the Fingal man to poke home.
And three minutes into the second half, David Cole’s crash ball was redirected home from the top of the circle by Ross Canning. O’Donoghue pumped one through the Munster keeper moments later to make it 4-0 before another crash ball yielded an Andrew Shekleton deflection and a fifth.
Shrew Power got one back when Conor Quinn – who came on for Mark Ingram after 48minutes – slid out to save but the ball spun behind him in the aftermath and Greg Chambers rolled across goal for the UCC man to scramble in.
O’Donoghue, though, completed his hat trick when he drew a foul, and a yellow card, off Nick Burns and whizzed home a low corner past the stick side for a comfortable 6-1 win.
Earlier, Ulster were too strong for the Irish U-18 selection, racing into a 3-1 half-time lead after a trio of close range goals from Matthew Allister, Owen Magee and Connor Roberts with Kevin Mullins getting a neat response.
Ireland improved in the second half, fronting up well to the battle but Josh Moffett scored the only goal of the second half six minutes from time to close out a 4-1 win.
Men’s U-21 Interpros: Ireland U-18 1 (K Mullins) Ulster 4 (M Allister, O Magee, C Roberts, J Moffett); Leinster 6 (S O’Donoghue 3, S McKeever, R Canning, A Shekleton) Munster 1 (S Power)