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Two tries for Craig Gilroy as Academy duo announce arrivals in big friendly win for Ulster

Ulster 50-19 Glasgow

Battle ready: Craig Gilroy has been sidelined with injury since October
Battle ready: Craig Gilroy has been sidelined with injury since October

Craig Gilroy returned to action with two tries while Academy duo Graham Curtis and Ethan McIlroy also touched down in a high-scoring Ulster performance against Glasgow at Kingspan Stadium.

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Greg Jones also scored twice while Adam McBurney, Dave Shanahan and Sam Carter also touched down in an eight-try success.

It was the visitors who drew first blood as Nick Grigg was the first to touch down but Gilroy, making a welcome return from injury, touching down after Adam McBurney had flicked a near pass through his own legs for Michael Lowry to provide the assist.

Captain Billy Burns' conversion edged Ulster ahead but Ratu Tagive and Matt Smith both touched down to put Glasgow back in front.

Ulster would go in just two points behind at the break as Greg Jones touched down at the end of a driving maul before Gilroy bagged his second, converting from Burns' long pass.

The changes made at half-time added much impetus to Ulster's performance and they were ahead when Dave Shanahan scored after good work from Luke Marshall and Angus Kernohan on the left flank.

Michael Lowry converted before Academy back Ethan McIlroy got a debut try from close range, set up by Tom O'Toole's strong pushing forward, Lowry making it 31-19.

Try number six came from debutant Sam Carter, teed up by Marcus Rea, and Jones' second of the afternoon continued a profitable second half.

Academy star Graham Curtis then announced his arrival in spectacular fashion, his solo try starting on his own 10-metre line and evading three attempted tackles.

Ulster now go to Scotstoun for the return friendly next weekend after getting their pre-season up and running.

Ulster (15 – 9): Michael Lowry; Craig Gilroy, Matt Faddes, James Hume, Angus Kernohan; Billy Burns (c), Jonny Stewart

(1 – 8): Kyle McCall, Adam McBurney, Ross Kane, Alan O’Connor, David O’Connor, Clive Ross, Marcus Rea, Greg Jones

Replacements: John Andrew, Eric O’Sullivan, Tom O’Toole, Sam Carter, Kieran Treadwell, Matthew Rea, Sean Reidy, Nick Timoney, David Shanahan, John Cooney, Luke Marshall, Graham Curtis, Ethan McIlroy

Glasgow Warriors (15 – 9): Glenn Bryce; Robbie Nairn, Nick Grigg, Robbie Fergusson, Ratu Tagive; Brandon Thomson, Sean Kennedy

(1 – 8): Oli Kebble, Johnny Matthews, Adam Nicol, Tim Swinson (c), Kiran McDonald, Matt Smith, Tom Gordon, Adam Ashe

Replacements: Pat O’Toole, Alex Allan, D’arcy Rae, George Thornton, Rob Harley, Lars Morrice, Cameron Henderson, Marshall Sykes, Chris Fusaro, Nick Frisby, Jamie Dobie, Ross Thompson, Paddy Kelly, Alec Coombes, Kyle Rowe, Max McFarland, Ollie Smith

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