Ulster on top but Leinster still in the hunt

Ulster remain in the ascendancy in both of the boys interprovincial tournaments but Leinster’s wins over Munster means they remain in contention at both levels.

In the U-16 competition, Ulster got their second win with a 9-3 success against Munster with Jacob Hermon netting four times.

Leinster set about reducing their goal difference deficit and pegged back eight goals with Josh Little scoring a hat trick and Ben Walker netting a pair.

They will have to go some, though, on day three with Ulster five goals ahead of them at this stage. It means Leinster will most likely beat the northern province by a hatful in the final game of the competition on Sunday.

At U-18 level, the points tallies are similar to the U-16 but Leinster have the goal difference edge on Ulster. That is because Munster frustrated the northern side almost until the end of their game early on today.

Sean Murray popped up with the winner at the death to snatch a 1-0 victory that continued their perfect record to date. Leinster followed up with a 6-0 win over Munster to move up to six points.

Their equation will be known once Ulster play Munster for a second time on Sunday morning.

U-16 Boys Interprovincial Tournament, all at Grange Road
Saturday, November 22:
Munster 3 (F Greco, C Crowley, C Morrow) Ulster 9 (J Hermon 4, J Rowe 2, S Pinion, C Getty, C Gough); Munster 0 Leinster 8 (R McCollum, O’Grady, B Walker 2, J Little 3, G Sarratt)
Sunday, November 23: Ulster vs Munster, 9am; Leinster vs Ulster, 1pm

Standings (played): 1. Ulster (2) 6pts (+11) 2. Leinster (3) 6pts (+6) 3. Munster (3) 0pts (-17)

U-18 Interprovincial Tournament, all at Grange Road
Saturday, November 22:
Munster 0 Ulster 1 (S Murray); Munster 0 Leinster 6 (F Morris 2, J Walker, D Walsh, J Mullins, R Nichols)
Sunday, November 23: Ulster vs Munster, 11am; Leinster vs Ulster, 3pm

Standings (played): 1. Leinster (3) 6pts (+5) 2. Ulster (2) 6pts (+3) 3. Munster (3) 0pts (-8)

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