Unbeaten Leinster start interpros on a high

Three wins from four outings at Newpark gave Leinster the early initiative in the schoolboy’s interprovincials though the blues may be a little frustrated not to complete the clean-sweep.

Munster’s U-18s ruined a perfect set of results as goalkeeper Dylan Murphy pulled off a string of saves to deny Leinster a second win of the day, following an earlier 3-2 success over Ulster.

Nick Burns fired Munster into the lead with a low drag-flick in a first half which his side created the clearer chances in front a decent crowd, including national coach Paul Revington, who braved the rain.

Wesley Brownlow lobbed one effort inches wide while Richard Lynch was denied by a fine Mark Ingram sliding stop.

Shane Madeley’s fizzing reverse was the best of the Blues’ efforts but they were largely frustrated. The pressure increased in the second period with Murphy pulling off an outstanding save from David Watkins, recovering to dive full-length to shut out the chance.

But Leinster got back on terms in fortuitous style when Watkins’ baseline cross snuck past Murphy and Ross Canning tapped home from a few inches out.

Samuel had an effort chalked off with six minutes to go, disallowed on consultation when the ball bounced up into his path off a team-mate’s foot while Madeley’s piledriver was also denied by Murphy.

And Munster could have nicked the tie from a couple of corners, one of which David McCrea took off the line.

In the first tie, Leinster led from the front with Three Rock pair Tom Samuel and Canning contributing the goals. They raced into a 2-0 lead before the northern province pegged one back but a third strike effectively sealed the deal and while Ulster threw plenty forward in the closing stages, they were held at bay.

At U-16 level, Leinster are in an even stronger position with two wins and two clean sheets under their belt, though Mark Bergin unfortunately is ruled out of the remainder of the tournament after a nasty arm injury.

His Pembroke club mate Jack Ryan scored the only goal against Ulster in a blistering start by the blues in which they could have scored a couple, hitting the bar and letting a penalty stroke chance go a begging.

The floodgates, however, opened in the second game when they had too much in the tank for Munster. Luke Madeley scored twice while Ryan nabbed his second of the day. Lee Cole and Cillian Hayes added the others while Johnny Dalrymple had one disallowed, the whistle beating his finish as the umpire’s arms raised to award a penalty stroke.

It went unconverted but Leinster, nonetheless, emerge from their double-day as the only side to get off the mark.

U-18 Boy’s Interprovincial results:
Leinster 3 (T Samuel 2, R Canning) Ulster 2 (O Magee, H Cartmill); Leinster 1 (R Canning) Munster 1 (N Burns)
Standings (played-points): 1. Leinster 2-5pts (+1) 2. Munster 1-2pts (0) 3. Ulster 1-0pts (-1)

U-16 Boy’s Interprovincial results:
Leinster 1 (J Ryan) 1 Ulster 0; Leinster 5 (L Madeley 2, J Ryan, L Cole, C Hayes) Munster 0
Standings (played-points): 1. Leinster 2-6pts (+6) 2. Ulster 1-0pts (-1) 3. Munster 1-0pts (-5)

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