YOUNG Munster’s David O’Mahony showed terrific composure to land the match-winning conversion late on as Munster U-20s claimed the interprovincial title with a dramatic 24-23 victory over Connacht at the Sportsground on Friday night.
Munster had trailed by six points in the closing minutes of the game. However, a fine try from from Shannon number eight John Foley and O’Mahony’s conversion helped the visitors secure a first ever interpro title at U-20 level.
Connacht had dominated the opening half and led 17-5 at half time with hooker Vincent O’Brien scoring Munster’s only score on the stroke of half time.
Connacht extended their advantage with a penalty after the interval, but a second try from Munster winger Colm Hogan, of Glenstal Abbey, kept Head Coach Peter Malone’s young charges in touch.
Connacht kicked a second penalty before Munster closed the gap to six points with a try from Shane Daly which fullback Tom McHale converted.
Then came Foley’s late try and the crucial O’Mahony conversion giving Munster a dramatic victory.
MUNSTER: Tom McHale (Rockwell College); Colm Hogan (Glenstal Abbey School), Shane Daly (Presentation Brothers College), Paul Kiernan Capt. (UCC); Lee Molloy (Rockwell College); David O’Mahony (Young Munster), John Poland (Presentation Brothers College); Peter Meyer (Young Munster), Vincent O’Brien (Cork Constitution), Ben Betts (Young Munster); Sean O’Leary (Cork Constitution), Barra O’Byrne (Garryowen); Kelvin Browne (Shannon), Dan Walsh (Cork Constitution), John Foley (Shannon). Replacements: Shane Fenton (Young Munster), Shane O’Hanlon (Christian Brothers College), Rob O’Donovan (Cork Constitution), Pat Staff (Young Munster), Evan Mintern (Cork Constitution), Jamie McAleese (Glenstal Abbey School), Josh Daly (UCC), James O’Connor (Young Munster).