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Ulster Girls' title dreams undone by Munster


By Ronnie Ingram

Second-half injuries put paid to Ulster Girls U18's hopes of retaining the Inter-Provincial title as Munster emerged comfortable 23-12 victors to become the new champions at Barnhall.

The southern province finished undefeated with Leinster second, Ulster third and Connacht last.

In a hard-fought game, Ulster had the better of the first half exchanges, but Munster, with their crowd behind them, came out fighting after the restart.

Ulster manager Jemma Jackson thought it was a much better performance from her team than last week's 22-5 loss in Leinster.

"Our defence was much stronger but after we suffered a couple of injuries we became a bit disorganised and Munster capitalised with two tries in a 15 minute period," Gemma said.

"Our back row of Katie Hetherington, Bethany McDowell and Keelin Brady created plenty of problems for the opposing backline while Ellie Ingram at full-back and Lucinda Kinghan countered many of the threats from the Munster back three."

Prop forward Emma Kearney, playing in the team for her second season, gave Ulster the lead at one stage with a well-taken try. After the restart, winger Mya Alcorn, one of the youngest players on the field, showed her speed with the second which Lisa Mullen converted.

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