Ulster complete junior interpro double


Ulster claimed both the men’s and women’s junior interprovincials at Grange Road, winning both competitions with a game left in their schedules, showing their superiority this time around.

For Leinster, both sides closed out the competition with their first wins, lifting the men to second place while the women ended in third.

The former started well, leading twice against Munster with Clontarf duo Ciaran McNamara and Gareth Borland on the mark. But Munster fought back with goals from former Three Rock man Brian Egan, Eric Callendar and David Quinn to win 3-2.

Quinn was to have an incredibly busy weekend, lining out for the southern province while also playing in the Neville Davin Cup final for Kilkenny on Saturday evening and creating the winning goal.

A 1-1 draw against Connacht followed on Saturday, pegged back in the second half after McNamara’s neat corner deflection had given the blues the lead.

With Ulster running up a 3-0 win over Munster, it left Leinster all but out of the competition after day one and when the northern province ran up a 6-4 win over Connacht, that was confirmed.

They did however close out the competition with a 4-1 success over the eventual winners in the final game of the competition with Dougie Good on the mark twice while Ben Epstein and Borland also snagged goals.

On the women’s side, Leinster drew first up against Munster and then fell 3-2 to Connacht. A dominant Ulster ran up a 4-0 win on Sunday morning before the province bounced back with a 2-1 win over South East with Aoife Orton and Daragh Burke on the mark.

South East claimed one win from four games, Lynn Darling’s pair of corner goals from corners seeing them grab a 3-1 win over Munster.

The measure of Ulster’s superiority was reflected in their goal difference of plus 15 from four games, the only side to finish in positive figures without conceding through the tournament.

Men’s Junior Interprovincials results: Leinster 2 Munster 3; Ulster 3 Munster 0; Leinster 1 Connacht 1; Connacht 4 Ulster 6; Munster 3 Connacht 5; Leinster 4 Ulster 1
Standings: 1. Ulster 6pts (+2) 2. Leinster 4pts (+2) 3. Connacht 4pts (0) 4. Munster 3pts (-4)

Electric Ireland Women’s Junior Interprovincials results: Leinster 2 Munster 2; Munster 1 South East 3; Connacht 3 Leinster 2; South East 0 Ulster 1; Ulster 4 Connacht 0; Munster 2 Connacht 2; Leinster 0 Ulster 4; Connacht 2 South East 1; Ulster 6 Munster 0; South East 1 Leinster 2
Standings: 1. Ulster 12pts (+15) 2. Connacht 7pts (-2) 3. Leinster 4pts (-4) 4. South East 3pts (-4) 5. Munster 2pts (-8)

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