Friendly: Ulster U19 24 IQ Rugby U19 7

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Ulster U19 defeat IQ U19 24-7

On Thursday, at noon, Ulster U19 played Irish Qualified U19, in a pre season friendly at Newforge Country Club. Both sides had enlarged 28 man squads, so the game was played over 3 x 25 minute periods, to ensure all squad members had game time.

Ben Gibson opened the scoring for Ulster

Both defences were tested from kick off, with a series of forward drive. After 9 minutes Ulster broke through, when Ben Gibson carved a gap in the IQ defence to score towards the left corner. Tristan Ferguson converted to give Ulster a 7-0 lead.

Nick Murphy, centre, scored for Irish Qualified

Ulster continued to exert pressure, but IQ began to gain territory and possession. From a series of forward drives, close to the Ulster line, Nick Murphy drove over, close to the posts, after 20 minutes. Daniel Green converted to leave the score 7-7, at the end of the 1st period.

A number of changes were made to the playing personnel, at the break and it was essentially 2 different sides who took the field in the 2nd period.

Michael Burnett found space in the corner for Ulster’s second try

Ulster made possession pay in the 2nd minute, when Michael Burnett got over in the right corner for an unconverted try.

Bryn Ward powered over for Ulster’s 3rd try

9 minutes later Bryn Ward powered over for a try on the right, converted by Charlie Beattie to put Ulster 19-7 up.

Rory Ellerby completed the scoring for Ulster

A rampant Ulster starved IQ of possession and Rory Ellerby’s dash to the line from distance, for an unconverted try, crowned a dominant 2nd period, 24-7.

In the 3rd period, both sides made a further raft of changes, and continuity was lost. Though both teams had chances, the 3rd period was scoreless. 

Ulster were well worth their victory and look forward to the visit of Munster U19 on 5th August.

Gallery Below

Ulster U19 Squad 2022

  • Adam Bennett (Belfast High School)
  • Adam Montgomery (Rainey Endowed School)
  • Alex McBurney (Ballymena Academy)
  • Ben Gibson (Bangor Grammar School)
  • Ben McFarlane (Methodist College Belfast)
  • Bryn Ward (Royal Belfast Academical Institution)
  • Cameron Faith (Campbell College Belfast)
  • Charlie Beattie (Wallace High School)
  • Clark Logan (Coleraine Grammar School)
  • Daniel Bennett (Belfast High School)
  • David Kehoe (Banbridge RFC)
  • Ethan Fitzsimmons (Down High School)
  • Ethan Graham (Belfast Metropolitan College)
  • Jacob Boyd (Royal Belfast Academical Institution)
  • Jacob Oliver (Cambridge House Grammar School)
  • James Anderson (Royal School Armagh)
  • James Girvan (Royal School Dungannon)
  • Jamie Matthews (Omagh Academy)
  • Johnny McCracken (Campbell College Belfast)
  • Lucas Kenny (Campbell College Belfast)
  • Mark Lee (Rainey Old Boys RFC)
  • Matthew Booth (Campbell College Belfast)
  • Michael Burnett (City of Armagh RFC)
  • Ollie McAuley (Campbell College Belfast)
  • Rory Ellerby (Royal Belfast Academical Institution)
  • Sam Anderson (Royal School Armagh)
  • Tristan Ferguson (Ballymena Academy)
  • Zac Solomon (Campbell College Belfast)

Head Coach – Jonathon Graham

Assistant Coaches – Neil Doak, Jonathan Gillespie

Athletic Development Coaches – Amy Graham, Josh McIlroy

Team Manager – Gareth Bronte

Resource Manager – Paul Bradley

Physio – George Dennison

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