Leinster’s U-18s enjoyed a strong opening, netting five points from their intensive programme of four games within a 30 hour period to hold the box seat in their interprovincial competition.
They started off with a fine 5-0 win over Munster in the morning with a pair of Luke Madeley drag-flicks getting them up and running in the first half.
Three Rock and Wesley team mate Darragh Walsh extended the margin to three before Jonny McCormack and Andrew Meates completed the tally.
With Munster beating Ulster 2-1 – courtesy of goals from Julius Handel and Julian Dale – it meant that Leinster’s 1-1 draw with Ulster proved more than useful.
They bounced back from conceding to an Andrew Smyth sweep shot with McCormack tapping in to move level with Ulster on five points but with a game less played.
With a vastly superior goal difference, it means that if they can win over Munster on Sunday morning, they would land the title barring a huge Ulster win in game four.
At U-16 level, meanwhile, Ulster have one hand on the trophy after a couple of narrow wins to go with their 2-1 success on Friday. Adam Larmour started the day for Leinster in good style, nicking the only goal of a 1-0 win against Munster.
Ulster then took on the initiative at Jordanstown, winning 2-0 against the southern province with a strong second half performance. Then, they got a critical win over Leinster, 2-1, in the final game of the day to move on to nine points.
It means Leinster must win both of their games tomorrow and make up a little bit of ground on goal difference to win back the title.
U-16 Boys Interpros
Results: Munster 0 Leinster 1 (Adam Larmour); Munster 0 Ulster 2; Leinster 1 Ulster 2
Standings (played): 1. Ulster (3) 9pts (+4) 2. Leinster (2) 3pts (0) 3. Munster (3) 0pts (-4)
Sunday (Mossley): Leinster v Munster, 9am; Leinster v Ulster, 1pm
Results: Munster 0 Leinster 5 (Luke Madeley 2, Jonny McCormack, Andrew Meates, Darragh Walsh); Ulster 1 (Andrew Smyth) Munster 2 (Julius Handel, Julian Dale); Ulster 1 (Andrew Smyth) Leinster 1 (Jonny McCormack)
Standings: 1. Leinster (2) 5pts (+5) 2. Ulster (3) 5pts (0) 3. Munster (3) 3pts (-5)
Sunday (Mossley): Leinster v Munster, 11am; Leinster v Ulster, 3pm