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Ulster aces turn in late show to claim second place

By Staff Reporter

Ulster staged a late, late show to secure a very creditable runners-up spot at the senior inter-provincial championship in Kilkenny.

Trailing 4-0 and needing victory in at least one of their doubles matches against eventual winners Munster in the final contest to finish second, they did the business in style.

Windsor's Przemek Stec and new cap Johnny Obosi (David Lloyd) defeated Sean O'Callaghan and Hubert Marville 6-4, 6-4.

Then Lucy Octave and Caitlin McCullough maintained their unbeaten record with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Munster's Emily Daly and Jo-Anne Williamson to seal the deal.

Ulster opened with a 4-2 win over Connacht and then defeated Leinster by the same margin, but two 6-0 defeats for Connacht piled the pressure on the northerners.

Today, Octave and McCullough and the rest of the youthful Ulster senior ladies line-up will turn their attention to the U-18 inter-pros in Bangor.

Meanwhile, top-seeded Bangor player Amy Rothwell claimed the girls' Under-16 title at the Shankill Junior Open in Dublin

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