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Ulster face tough task to stop Leinster winning title

 

By John Flack

Ulster have, almost certainly, been left to fight it out for the runners up slot at the Under 18 inter-provincial tournament after a day of mixed fortunes in Cork yesterday

The day started well with an impressive 5-1 win over Munster but a 5-1 defeat against holders Leinster has left the latter firm favourites to retain the trophy with even an Ulster whitewash over Connacht today unlikely to be enough to secure victory overall.

Against Leinster, Peter Corrie beat Neil O'Connor 6-4, 6-1 but Will Millar, Victoria Hamilton and Megan Chambers all lost as the holders moved 3-1 up.

Amy Rothwell and Sarah Cousins and Rory Cunningham and Kyran Maguire then lost their doubles in two sets as Leinster completed a 5-1 success.

Ulster had opened with an impressive 5-1 win over Munster although there were two matches that went the distance.

Chambers and Jessica Leeman edged out Kate Morrissey and Fiona Callaghan 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to in the final rubber of the opening contest of the day.

In the boys' singles, Millar bounced back after losing the first set heavily to defeat Mark Griffin 1-6, 7-6, 6-2.

Corrie was an impressive 6-0, 6-2 winner over Brayden Peck while Rothwell had an equally emphatic 6-1, 6-2 success over Eleanor Power.

Cousins lost her singles but Cunningham and Maguire won their doubles clash in two sets.

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