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Malone shows nerves of steel to kick Ulster U19s to victory

 

By Ronnie Ingram

A last-minute Reece Malone penalty clinched a 13-11 victory for Ulster Under-19s against their Munster counterparts in Bangor.

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It was a much improved showing following the earlier 46-24 defeat to Leinster, especially considering the trying conditions.

Munster had the wind in their favour in the first half, but Ulster defended well and conceded only two Jamie Shanahan penalties.

A determined Ulster reduced the arrears two minutes after the restart when a superb Tom Stewart break resulted in a Conor McKee try.

With Malone and McKee controlling a lot of the possession, Ulster took the lead 11 minutes later when a flowing move led to a Callum Davidson score.

Undaunted Munster took advantage of a home yellow card for Jack Delaney to touch down and regain the advantage.

The young Ulster side, with five players awaiting their GCSE results this morning, settled and renewed pressure was rewarded with that penalty which Friends' School out-half Malone goaled.

Meanwhile, Ulster Schools made amends for their recent 34-13 defeat to Leinster with an 18-10 success against Munster in Limerick.

The wind again had a big influence but this time Ulster utilised it in the first half to take an 18-0 lead. They were 13 points ahead after only nine minutes through a Ross McKay penalty and tries from Rory Telfer and James McCormick.

The most spectacular then came after 23 minutes when Jamie McNeight showed his pace.

Ulster had to defend stoutly for long periods in the second period and did well to concede only two tries and get the win.

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