Ulster A crashed to a 28 – 43 defeat to Leinster A in the opening round of the Celtic Cup at Malone RFC on Friday evening.

The Ulster A tries came from James Hume (2), Matthew Rea and Aaron Sexton with johnny McPhillips adding 4 conversions but despite getting a try bonus it has to be regarded as a disappointing result for the Ulster side given the comparative experience of the two sides.

The Leinster A tries came from Harry Byrne, Scot Penny, Conor O’Brien, Ronan Kelleher, Michael Silvester and Dan Sheehan. Byrne completed the scoring for the visitors adding five conversions and a penalty.

Ulster A Leinster A
Peter Nelson 15 Hugo Keenan
Aaron Sexton 14 Michael Silvester
Jack Owens 13 Conor O’Brien
James Hume 12 Tom Daly (c)
Iwan Hughes 11 Jack Kelly
Johnny McPhillips 10 Harry Byrne
Jonny Stewart 9 Paddy Patterson
Schalk vd Merwe 1 Ed Byrne
Peter Cromie 2 Ronan Kelleher
Rodney Ah You 3 Vakh Abdaladze
Peter Browne 4 Ross Molony
Alex Thompson 5 Jack Dunne
Caleb Montgomery 6 Oisín Dowling
Chris Henry (c) 7 Scott Penny
Greg Jones 8 Caelan Doris
Paul McGookin 16 Dan Sheehan
Peter Cooper 17 Giuseppe Coyne
Michael Cromie 18 Jack Aungier
Matthew Rea 19 Ronan Foley
Marcus Rea 20 Ronan Watters
Graham Curtis 21 Hugh O’Sullivan
Brice Houston 22 David Hawkshaw
Michael Stronge 23 Liam Turner


The results from all the games in the Celtic Cup were as follows.

Fri  07 Sep 2018 17:00 Ulster  28 – 43 Leinster Malone RFC
Fri  07 Sep 2018 17:30 Munster 24 – 16 Connacht Irish Independent
Fri  07 Sep 2018 19:00 Ospreys 21 – 37 Scarlets Bridgend RFC
Fri  07 Sep 2018 19:15 Dragons 41 – 36 Cardiff Rodney Parade


This gives current standings in the Irish and Welsh Conferences as follows.

Irish Conference Welsh Conference
Leinster 1 1 5 Cardiff 1 1 5
Munster 1 0 4 Ospreys 1 1 5
Ulster 1 1 1 Scarlets 1 2 2
Connacht 1 0 0 Dragons 1 0 0


To complete our coverage here’s our match gallery from the Ulster game by Bob Given Photography.

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