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Arnold try piles pain on former province as Ulster ‘A’ team exit Cup

Munster 'A' 26 Ulster 'A' 3

By Michael Sadlier

It just wasn’t to be for Ulster ‘A’ as their first British and Irish Cup quarter-final in five years ended badly as they crashed out to their Munster counterparts at Cork’s Irish Independent Park yesterday.

There was certainly no spillover of feel-good factor for Kieran Campbell’s squad from the senior side’s record result against Zebre on Saturday night as Munster had this one wrapped up by half-time after building up a 23-3 lead.

Defeat also meant that Ulster’s ‘A’ side have now been seen off by Munster on all three occasions they have made the B&I Cup knockout stages with 2010’s semi-final and 2012’s quarter-final having previously gone the way of the southern province.

Ulster’s only points in the game came from a ninth-minute penalty by Brett Herron which tied the scores at 3-3.

After that, Munster ‘A’ put on 20 points before half-time with tries from second row Darren O’Shea and former Ulster player Sam Arnold, who scored just

after visitors’ flanker Conor Joyce was sin-binned in the 31st minute.

Munster’s out-half David Johnston — who ended the day kicking 16 points — slotted both conversions before making a third penalty in the 35th minute to bring up Munster’s 23-3 interval lead.

Having conceded up 10 points during Joyce’s binning, Ulster then enjoyed some territorial advantage but just couldn’t score, though Dave Shanahan came close. Johnston’s fourth penalty, on 77 minutes, were the only points scored in the second half.

Ulster ‘A’: Busby, Cairns, Owens, Best (capt), Kelly, Herron, Shanahan; O’Hagan, J Murphy, Lutton, Browne, Thompson, Timoney, Joyce, Rea.

Subs: McCall, Kane, Donnan, Boomer, Magrath, Keane, Creighton

Munster ‘A’: Fitzgerald; Goggin, Arnold,  Bohane (Capt), O’Shea; Johnston, Poland;  McCabe, O’Byrne, Scott; Madigan,  O’Shea; O’Connor, Oliver, Copeland.

Subs: Casey,  O’Connor,  Burke, Faloon, Foley, Griesel,  McMahon.

Referee: F Kirby (RFU)

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