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Ulster Under 19s have title in their sights after win over Munster

By Ronnie Ingram

Ulster under-19s can clinch the Inter-Provincial title with a win over Connacht in their final outing next weekend.

They followed up their 22-15 victory over Leinster with a 15-13 success over Munster in Cork on Saturday.

Last season they only managed one win in the competition and that was against Connacht in Galway 45-18 so with home advantage this time at Osborne Park they must start favourites.

It was a hard-fought encounter with Ulster's speedy winger Mark Keane creating problems for the home defence.

Visiting pressure resulted in scrum-half Johnny Stewart nipping over for a try but on the quarter hour James Taylor reduced the arrears with a penalty.

He was again on target after 36 minutes to put Munster in front after Ulster had failed to take advantage when Diarmuid Barron was yellow carded.

After the restart Munster fought hard to keep their opponents out and Keane again showed his pace and was denied a try by a great Alex Molloy tackle. Stewart regained the advantage with a penalty and then out-half Michael Lowry failed with a drop goal attempt before running in for a converted solo try.

Munster came back and No 8 Jack O'Sullivan barged over for centre David McCarthy to goal.

Ulster Schools suffered their third successive defeat, this time against Munster in Cork 19-13.

In their best performance in the series they were the better team in the second period but by that stage were trailing 19-8.

They led twice in the first half with Stewart Moore kicking a first minute penalty and in the 18th minute Ethan Field finished off a move to make it 8-7.

In injury time Ulster replacement Tiernan Martin made it 19-13.

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