Ulster Women came up short against Connacht to record thier 21st game without a win in this competition.

Connacht kicked off and  for the next 10 minutes Ulster worked their way up the pitch from a series of breaks and pick and goes. Eventually from a driving maul Stacey Lee Kennedy broke and hit the whitewash in the corner. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful.

Stacey Lea Kennedy hits the line for her opening score.

Almost immediately Connacht were back in the game from a close range penalty by Maeve Deely.

It was nip and tuck for the majority of the rest of the half with Ulster shading territory and possession.

Ulster had a try disallowed for a knock forward but responded with a break, followed by quickly recycled ball, which allowed Stacey Lee Kennedy to drive over under the posts. Jemma Jackson was successful with the conversion.

A loose kick from Ulster deep into the Connacht half was fielded and run back allowing Mairead Coyne to score to leave Ulster leading 12 – 8 at the break.

The second half was all Connacht with Aoibheann Reilly and Laura Feely scoring, Deely converting one, to give the visitors a 12 – 20 lead.

Allison Miller celebrates Aoibheann Reilly’s try against Ulster.

Ulster’s Lauren Maginnes crossed late on, Vicky Irwin converting, to give Connacht a one point win.

Lauren Maginnes heads for the line for Ulster’s consolation try against Connacht.

Stacks of pictures below from Bob Given Photography and Helen McGhee.