Leinster land third straight Under-16 Interpro title; Under-18s denied on goal difference

Leinster’s Under-16s won the Junior Girls Interprovincial title for the third successive year whil the Under-18s were only denied from doubling up on goal difference by Ulster at Grange Road.

Both competitions went right down to the wire. For the Under-16s, Caroline Mathews’ single goal in a 1-0 win over Ulster in the final match of the competition decided the competition.

Prior to that, the young blues started to the campaign with a 0-0 draw against Munster before shading a 2-1 result against the South East with Gaby Lewis and Natasha Twomey grabbing the goals.

The tournament was proving incredibly evenly matched and ended with four draws and four games ending in single-goal victories across the ten fixtures.

It meant the margins were fine and Leinster ended day two on five points from nine when they shared a 1-1 draw with Connacht.

The South East’s 2-0 win over Munster in the penultimate game of the competition placed them in pole position, heading up the competition on six points.

But a win for either Leinster or Ulster would dislodge them and it duly came to pass in the final game when Mathews scored the crucial goal in the first minute of the game.

At Under-18 level, the tournament was something of a shoot-out between Leinster and Ulster with the home side starting out with a big 10-0 win over Connacht with Niamh Carey and Sarah Torrans scoring four each.

They would later win 3-1 against the South East while Ulster beat Munster 4-2 to show their strength. Ulster added a big 5-0 win over the South Easr on day two and then added nine more goals against Connacht.

Leinster’s narrow 2-1 win over Munster meant they were behind on goal difference going into the final match against Ulster on Sunday.

Jessica McMaster gave the northern province a great start only for Torrans to equalise. Alex Burns restored the Ulster lead before half-time but Abbie Russell levelled once more at 2-2 to make for a lively finish but Ulster kept that result to land the title.

Junior Girls Interprovincials
Leinster 10 (Carey 4, S Torrans 4, Roopnarinesingh, Heisterkamp) Connacht 0; Ulster 4 (Burns 2, McMaster, Edgar) Munster 2 (Clein, Begley); Leinster 3 (A Russell, Carey, F McDermott) South East 1 (Atkinson)

Saturday: Munster 3 (Kirby, Cripps, Collins) Connacht 0; Ulster 5 (Brown 2, McMaster, Mulholland, Doyle) South East 0; Munster 1 (Buttimer) Leinster 2 (Foley, Burns); Connacht 0 Ulster 9 (Irwin 3, K Burns 2, Burns, McMaster, Henderson, Kilpatrick)

Sunday: South East 1 (Atkinson) Munster 3 (Barry, Foley, Collins); Leinster 2 (Torrans, Russell) Ulster 2 (McMaster, Burns); South East 1 (Dowling) Connacht 0

Final standings: 1. Ulster 10pts (+16) 2. Leinster 10pts (+13) 3. Munster 6pts (+2) 4. South East 3pts (-8) 5. Connacht 0pts (-23)

South East 1 (Thomas) Connacht 0; Munster 0 Leinster 0; Ulster 3 (Campbell, McCaw, Kirgan) South East 1 (Pratt)
Saturday: Munster 0 Connacht 1 (Brennan); South East 1 (Kerr) Leinster 2 (Lewis, Twomey); Munster 1 (Perdue) Ulster 1 (Anderson); Connacht 1 (Dunleavy) Leinster 1 (Douglas)
Sunday: Ulster 0 Connacht 0; South East 2 (Kelly, Pratt) Munster 0; Leinster 1 (Mathews) Ulster 0

Final standings: 1. Leinster 8pts 2. South East 6pts 3. Ulster 5pts 4. Connacht 5pts 5. Munster 2pts

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