Stuart Olding kicked Ulster to victory in the U20′s Interprovincial encounter at Dubarry Park on Friday night.
Following last weeks win over Leinster, Ulster are now in pole position to secure the U20′s Interprovincial Series but they will have to beat Munster next week in Musgrave Park if they are to guarantee finishing as champions.
Olding opened the scoring for Ulster towards the end of the first quarter but Connacht replied almost immediately with an intercept try from O’Meara. Leader converted to give the home side a 7 – 3 lead.
Connacht enjoyed plenty of possession but failed to capitalise with Leader missing two penalties before the break.
Ulster started the second half strongly and Olding slotted over his second penalty to take the score to 7 – 6 as the game entered the final quarter and with four minutes remaining the Ulster out-half chipped over a drop goal to put the visitors back in the lead.
Connacht had a final chance to win the game but Leader was short with his last-gasp penalty and Ulster held on to secure a somewhat fortunate win.
Final score: Connacht U20 7 Ulster U20 9
CONNACHT: Conor Joyce (Westport); Conor Fitzgibbon (Buccaneers), Mark Roche (Lansdowne), Ryan Casey (Naas), Alex O’Meara (Irish Exiles); Darragh Leader (Galwegians), Barry Digby (Buccaneers); Adam Boland (Landsdowne), Jason Connolly (Monivea), Jamie Dever (Corinthians), Sean O’Brien (Galwegians) (capt), Ultan Dillane (Corinthians), Aidan Connaughton (Buccaneers), Paul Maxwell (Buccaneers), James Connolly (IT Carlow). Replacements used: Ross Keller (Ballinasloe) for Casey (half-time), Brian Teape (Buccaneers) for Dever (54 mins), David Heath (Galwegians) for Digby (74).
ULSTER: Rory Scholes (Belfast Harlequins); Ross Adair (Sullivan US), Ryan Martin (Northumbria University), Chris Farrell (Dungannon), David Busby (Portadown College); Stuart Olding (Belfast Harlequins), John Creighton (Malone) (capt); Jake Caulfield (Irish Exiles), John Andrew (Ballymena), Chris Taylor (Malone), John Donnan (Ballynahinch), Matthew Rea (Ballymena Academy), Conor Joyce (Malone), Matthew Clarke (RS Armagh), Ben Alexander (RBAI). Replacements used: Stuart Hooks (RS Armagh) for Clarke (32 mins), Grant Bartley (Ballyclare HS) for Rea (74).