Frost makes Ulster wait for interpro titles

The destination of the schoolboys inteprovincial titles remains up in the air – albeit largely in Ulster’s hands – as the competition was unable to be completed due to widespread frost across the northern province this weekend.

Across the Under-18 and Under-16 competitions, Ulster won six games out of six meaning only a glut of goals from Leinster can deny them the silverware when the games are refixed.

The view at Queen's this morning that saw play all but wiped out. Pic: gpfoto.ie

The view at Queen’s this morning that saw play all but wiped out. Pic: gpfoto.ie

In the Under-18 competition, Ulster started off in perfect fashion, beating Leinster on Friday afternoon 2-0 via goals from Ben Wallace and Jacob Hermon. They saw off Munster by the same scoreline later that day with Michael Kerr and Matthew Milliken on the mark.

The frost came on Saturday morning with the action delayed by two hours before play got under way. As such, Leinster bounced back on Saturday afternoon with a 4-1 win over Munster.

Peter Lynch scored twice in the first half before adding another early in the second before Irish Under-18 international Calum Crowley pulled one back. Luke Adams completed the win for Leinster.

The second Under-18 game of the day, however, could not be played as the cold weather returned. This was between Munster and Ulster and was the only game to be completed on Sunday with the match relocated from Queen’s to the more coastal Bangor.

There, the northerners moved into an even stronger position with an 8-0 win with Hermon grabbing a hatr trick while Matthew Crookshanks, Ben Wallace, Harry Dow and Michael Kerr all scoring.

It means that Leinster need to win their two remaining games – one against each province in games due to be refixed with dates in December mooted – while also making up an 11-goal deficit on goal difference.

The equation is somewhat similar in the Under-16s with Ulster winning the three games they played. Against the young blues on Friday, Riley Marchant gave Leinster an early lead before Johnny Lynch scored twice, one either side of half-time, to swap the lead.

Munster's Calum Crowley on the attack against Ulster. Pic: gpfoto.ie

Munster’s Calum Crowley on the attack against Ulster. Pic: gpfoto.ie

Troy Chambers scored from a well-worked corner to give Ulster an insurance goal. Chambers then scored twice more in a 5-0 win over Munster to put them very much in pole position.

Leinster got on the board on Saturday in their delayed start against Munster with captain Harry Lynch making five goals on the day from his family, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win, Conor McCormack’s low drive making it 1-1 for Munster.

Ulster, though, strengthened their place in the competition with a 2-0 win over Munster with Oliver Kidd and Sam Anderson the goalscorers. For Leinster, they have an outside chance of the title if they can beat Ulster and Munster in their remaining games with a nine goal turnaround required.

Under-18 Boys Interpros
Friday: Ulster 2 (B Wallace, J Hermon) Leinster 0; Ulster 2 (M Kerr, M Milliken) Munster 0
Saturday: Munster 1 (C Crowley) Leinster 4 (P Lynch 3, L Adams)
Sunday: Munster 0 Ulster 8 (J Hermon 3, M Crookshanks 2, B Wallace, H Dow, M Kerr)
Standings: 1. Ulster 9pts (3) (+12) 2. Leinster (2) 3pts (+1) 3. Munster (3) 0pts (-13)
Outstanding fixtures: Munster vs Leinster; Leinster v Ulster

Under-16 Boys Interpros
Friday: Ulster 3 (J Lynch 2, T Chambers) Leinster 1 (R Marchant); Ulster 5 (T Chambers 2, R Brown, J MacGall, S Wylie) Munster 0
Saturday: Munster 1 (C McCormack) Leinster 2 (H Lynch 2); Munster 0 Ulster 2 (S Anderson, O Kidd)
Standings: 1. Ulster 9pts (3) (+9) 2. Leinster (2) 3pts (-1) 3. Munster (3) 0pts (-8)
Outstanding fixtures: Munster vs Leinster; Leinster v Ulster

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