Leinster’s Under-16 girls retained the interprovincial title as they got the draw they needed to get over the line in Lisnagarvey against rivals Munster.
The southern province were the only side that could deny them the crown going into day three of the competition after Sarah Scott’s side recorded three straight wins in the initial phases of the competition.
Munster made sure the competition went down to the wire, though, as they beat the South East 4-1 in game one of the final day, bouncing back from Yvette Pratt’s early goal with Isabella Murphy’s two strikes helping record the result.
It was still advantage Leinster as they needed just a draw against Munster in the last match of the competition. As the rain poured, the blues had slightly the better of a very closely fought battle as Hannah Humphreys enjoyed a fine game between the posts.
Her defence also combined to clear two efforts off the line but, despite not being able to break through, Leinster took the title as the 0-0 result was enough to see them win the competition by two points. Ulster finished third thanks to their 4-2 win over Connacht earlier in the day.
The northern province, meanwhile, won back the Under-18 crown as they won their showdown with Leinster this afternoon 2-0 with both goals coming in the first half.
Rhianna Campbell’s corner deflection got the ball rolling before Julie Kilpatrick added the second. Leinster pushed on in the second half but Claire Donald made a series of saves to keep them out of reach.
Leinster remained second in the final rankings, edging out Munster on goal difference after they picked up two wins on Sunday – 1-0 against Connacht and 2-0 against the South East.
Under-18 Girls Interprovincials
Sunday results: Connacht 0 Munster 1 (M Barrett); Leinster 0 Ulster 2 (R Campbell, J Kilpatrick); Munster 2 (B Danaher, J Clein) South East 0
Standings (played): 1. Ulster 12pts (+14) 2. Leinster 7pts (+4) 3. Munster 7pts (0) 4. Connacht 3pts (-1) 5. South East (3) 0pts (-17)
Under-16 Girls Interprovincials
Sunday results: South East 1 (Y Pratt) Munster 4 (I Murphy 2, A Buttimer, L Foley); Connacht 2 Ulster 4 (K McKee 2, J Morrow, E Anderson); Leinster 0 Munster 0
Final standings: 1. Leinster 10pts (+7) 2. Munster 8pts (+4) 3. Ulster 6pts (0) 4. Connacht 4pts (-2) 5. South East (3) 0pts (-8)