AIL 1A: Ballynahinch 24 Young Munster 26

AIL 1A: Ballynahinch 24 Young Munster 26

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It’s not the first game this season where Ballynahinch will be kicking themselves after a narrow defeat at Ballymacarn Park!

Report and pictures from Richard Owens.

In the bowels of winter, the biting wind from the west straight down the pitch would give a huge territorial advantage if either team could harness its strength.

Neither could. Instead a contest of set pieces and close quarter arm wrestling ensued.

The visitors kicked off with the wind on their backs and Hinch were immediately closed down as they struggled to get away from their own try line.

A penalty turnover and Young Munster kicked to the corner. The line ball was cleanly picked off, maul set and Hinch battled to defend their line.

Three phases of forward drives and Tom Goggin battered his way across to score. Evan Cusack added the conversion . . .

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