ULSTER RAVENS 10 LEINSTER ‘A’ 31
There wasn’t much for the Ulster Ravens to cheer about as they were comprehensively defeated by Leinster ‘A’ at Deramore.
The visitors played the better rugby in the sunshine and outscored their hosts by four tries to one.
The game marked the return of Malone lock Alan O’Connor who has been side lined with a shoulder problem since the first weekend October.
The Ravens opened the scoring on 16 minutes with a try from centre Michael Allen following good work from Kyle McCall and the rest of the pack wh drove close to the line before the Belfast Harlequin back picked up and drove over with James McKinney adding the conversion.
The lead only last sevens minutes before Leinster replied with a try of their own.
Full back David Hudson cut through the defensive line breaking a couple of tackles before offloading to Daly to run in from five metres with Cathal Marsh adding the conversion to level the scores.
Leinster winger Sam Coghlan –Murray had a try disallowed for crossing.
McKinney restored Ulster’s lead with a 32 penalty after Leinster infringed at the scrum and lock Gavin Thornbury was sin binned for dissent.
Marsh slotted of a penalty with the final kick of the first half to tie the scores at 10-10 at the interval.
It was all one way traffic in the second half as Leinster scored 21 unanswered points as Ulster struggled to get out of their own half.
Leinster took the lead two minutes after the restart, from a scrum flanker Josh van der Flier broke and put Coghlan –Murray clear and go over unopposed but Marsh was wide with the conversion.
Marsh extended the lead with a penalty on 45 minutes but was wide of the target after the dominant Leinster scrum earned another opportunity.
Replacement Sam Windsor kicked a penalty from Leinster before they added two tries in the final six minutes.
The Ravens had hooker Kyle McCall sin binned for hands in the ruck.
Replacement prop Ed Byrne finished of a slick handling move for Leinster’s third try on 74 minutes.
Bryan Byrne crashed through the home defence creating an overlap on the left winger, Leo Auva’a and Quinn Roux moved the ball through the hands for Ed Byrne to finish in the corner but Windsor couldn’t convert from a tight angle.
Ravens full back Peter Nelson saved a try when he carried Tom Farrell’s grubber kick over his own try line however Leinster scored their final try from the resulting five metre scrum.
Auva’a picked up at the base and crashed through two tackles to touch down but Windsor again missed the conversion.
Ulster Ravens: D McIlwaine, A Lidell, R Andrew, M Allen, P Nelson, J McKinney, P Marshall, A Warwick, K McCall, A Macklin, A O’Connor, N McComb, C Joyce, M McComish, (C), L Dow.
Replacements: P Jackson for Warwick 47 mins, M Cromie, A Marica for Macklin 78 mins, M Campbell for O’Connor 41 mins, J Atkinson for Dow 60 mins, D Dass for Joyce 70 mins , D Shanahan for Marshall 50 mins, R McMaster for McKinney 71 mins
Leinster A: D Hudson, A Boyle, T Farrell, T Daly, S Coughlan-Murray, C Marsh, J Conney, J O’Connell, J Tracey, T Furlong Q Roux, G Thornbury, B Marshall, J van der Flier, J Conan
Replacements: B Byrne for Tracey 41 mins , E Byrne for O’Connell 65 mins, C Trennier for Thornbury 67 mins, J Murphy, L A’Auva’a Marshall 50 mins, L McGrath for Cooney 22 mins, S Windsor for Marsh 55 mins, B Dardis for Boyle 75 mins