Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Uladh

Ulster out of InterPro Hurling

February 22nd, 2009

ulster-interpro-hurling-2009.jpgConnacht and Leinster will face off in the M Donnelly Interprovincial final in Abu Dhabi after winning their semi-finals on Saturday.

M Donnelly InterProvincial Hurling Semi-Final:
Ulster 0-8 Leinster 4-14

Leinster proved far too strong for Ulster in the M Donnelly Interprovincial semi-final at Casement Park on Saturday.

Leinster led by 3-5 to 0-4 at the break and were in cruise control for much of a tame second half.

The first Leinster goal came after 16 minutes when Eddie Brennan left the Ulster defence flat-footed and passed to Offaly’s Joe Bergin who fired home.

Brennan went from supplier to scorer 11 minutes later as his piledriver sent Leinster on their way. Aidan Fogarty added a third goal just before the break.

Pauls Shields [0-2f], Karl Stewart and Liam Hinphey kept Ulster in touch but Brennan’s second goal with ten minutes remaining ended the game as a contest.

M Donnelly InterProvincial Hurling Semi-Final:
Connacht 2-20 Munster 2-18

Connacht booked their place on the flight to Abu Dhabi with a dramatic 2-20 to 2-18 win over Munster at Pearse Stadium on Saturday.

Munster led by two points going into stoppage time, but Niall Healy secured the win for Connacht with an injury time goal, his shot flying into the roof of the net beyond Brendan Cummins. Healy, who finished with 1-6, then added the insurance point right at the death.

Midway through the second half, the complexion of the game had looked very different as Munster led by seven points before Aenghus Callanan pegged them back with a goal after a Healy pass.

Paul Kelly and Ken McGrath had put Munster in command with first-half goals, and they led by 2-7 to 0-9 at the break.

However, a late Healy-inspired revival saw Connacht secure a place in the final against Leinster.

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