Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Munster hold Ulster in opener

Ulster had to settle for a point in opening their defence of the ESB senior interprovincial title in Cork last night.

The host team produced a battling display against the holders and probably deserved a share of the spoils.

Indeed had it not been for a few smart saves from deutante Ulster keeper Helen Stevenson the result could have been even more negative.

As it stands Stephen Watt's side are still in with a chance of making it four titles in a row.

But the Ulster boss was somewhat disappointed with the overall level of performance.

"I thought our passing in particular was poor although I couldn't fault the girls for their work rate." he said.

"If anything Munster had the edge over the course of the game.

"We can't have any complaints about the result but naturally we are disappointed with it.

"It was a poor enough spectacle and our attacking play was also disappointing.

"But neither side was at its best so we've plenty of work to do."

Chances were few and far between although Emma Clarke had a couple in the first half.

Stevenson came to Ulster's rescue on a few occasions while but, at the other end, Shirley McCay had a shot cleared off the line in the last 60 seconds.

Today: Ulster v Leinster (4pm); Sunday: Connacht v Ulster (10am).

Saturday Premier League: Harlequins v Victorians (Deramore, 4pm), Lurgan v Knock (Brownlow, 2.30pm); Senior One: Queen's v Ballyclare (Queen's time tbc), Omagh v Ballymena (Omagh, 2.30pm), Priorians v Civil Service (Derry, 2.30pm).

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