After their defeat by Leinster U19 on Saturday, Ulster U19 came back from behind twice to defeat Munster Schools 13 – 11 at Bangor Grammar School on Wednesday 21st August.
Playing into the teeth of a cold driving wind Ulster’s defence held firm conceding just two penalty goals in a half where Munster held sway in territory and possession.
They would have delighted to go into half time only 0 – 6 down.
Within a couple of minutes of the restart, a break, fast recycled ball from a couple of rucks and quick hands in the backs allowed Callum Davidson to go over wide out for an unconverted try.
Play was very even until mid way through the half when an overthrown lineout ball was won by Tom Stewart, who broke free and found Conor McKee, who ran in unopposed, to score an unconverted try in the corner to give Ulster a 10 – 6 lead.
With under 10 minutes left Munster ground out a series of rucks and pick and goes to get close to the line. When the ball was flashed along the backs they scored an unconverted try mid way out.
For the last 5 minutes Ulster were camped on the Munster line and eventually Munster conceded a penalty in front of the posts.
Reece Malone converted the penalty goal and Ulster held on for a nervy few seconds for a 13 – 11 win.
Ulster U19: Matthew Corr (Ballymena Academy), Luke Pollock (Dalriada School), Jack Harte (Friends’ School, Lisburn), Greg Hutley (Down High School), Stuart Wightman (Belfast Metropolitan College), Reece Malone (Friends’ School, Lisburn), Conor McKee (Sullivan Upper School), George Saunderson (Sullivan Upper School), Tom Stewart (Belfast Royal Academy), Patrick McAlpine (Campbell College, Belfast), Matthew Sands (City of Armagh RFC), Harry Sheridan (Sullivan Upper School), Will Hopes (Regent House School), Reuben Crothers (Capt) (Wallace High School), Jack Gamble (Ballyclare High School). Replacements: Joel Dundas (Wallace High School), Adam Hanna (Banbridge Academy), Scott Hutton (Belfast HS), David Stinson (Enniskillen Royal GS), Peter Heasley (Wallace High School), Dara Gaskin (Campbell College, Belfast), Matthew Hamilton (Malone RFC), Callum Davidson (Methodist College), Justin White (Enniskillen Royal GS).
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Photo credit – Bob Given Photography