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Ulster starlet McPhillips boots Irish to victory

Scotland U20 19 Ireland U20 20

By Duncan Bech

Ulsterman Johnny McPhillips kept his cool to convert Paul Boyle's late try to get Ireland's U20 campaign off to a winning start in Scotland last night.

But then the Scots missed a penalty with two minutes left to blow their chance of victory and McPhillips and Ireland held on for a second ever win in Scotland in the Six Nations.

Ireland were chasing the game from the outset as Scotland, with eight survivors from last season, got an early grip at Broadwood Stadium. The Scots hit the front after eight minutes when centre Cameron Hutchison timed his run to perfection to crash over.

Josh Henderson added the extras to make it 7-0 but Nigel Carolan's men got back in the game.

Man of the match McPhillips slotted a couple of penalties to make it 7-6. However, Scotland picked it up again with full-back Darcy Graham superb, and two more penalties from Henderson made it 13-6 at the interval.

Ireland hit back after the restart and were rewarded when Tadgh McEvoy peeled around the Scottish defence to score. The conversion from McPhillips tied the match at 13-13.

But two more penalties from Henderson saw Scotland take a 19-13 lead into the final quarter.

Seven minutes from time, though, Ireland mauled their way from 35 metres out on the right through a dozen phases before flanker Boyle got over.

McPhillips added the points to edge Ireland 20-19 in front going into the closing stages.

Scotland had a chance to win it but Henderson was off target.

Scotland: D Graham; R Nairn, C Pringle, C Hutchison (S McDowall 75), R McCann; J Henderson, A Simmers (C Shiel 13-18); G Thornton (F Bradbury 40), F Renwick, A Nicol (D Winning 74); A Craig (H Bain 55), C Hunter-Hill; L Crosbie, M Fagerson, T Dodd (B Flockhart 55).

Ireland: J Kelly (T O'Brien 63); J Larmour, G Mullin, C Frawley, C Hogan; J McPhillips, J Stewart (J Lyons 67); J Conway (R Mulvihill 76), T McElroy (A Moloney 78), P Cooper (C Connolly 63); F Wycherley, O Dowling; C Gallagher (J Regan 76), P Boyle, C Doris (M Rea 75).

Referee: Christophe Ridley (England).

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