Ulster Women came up short against their Munster counterparts on Saturday afternoon at Irish Independent Park on Saturday afternoon with the home side securing a 38 – 12 win.

Ulster raced to a 7 – 0 lead following an first minute try from Maeve Liston, converted by Jemma Jackson, but they didn’t hold on their lead too long as Munster replied through an unconverted try from Laura O’Mahoney, following a yellow card for Ulster’s Lauren Maginnes. 

Clodagh O’Halloran crossed for the home side at the start of the second quarter and with Niamh Briggs adding the conversion the red machine took a 12 – 7 lead. 

Youngster Chloe Pearse crossed for her first score before the break, converted by Briggs but, just as it looked like Munster were going to pull away Vicky Irwin gave Fiona Tuite just enough room to squeeze over out wide for Ulster’s second, after good work by Neve Jones. 

Jackson was just short with the conversion leaving the score 17 – 12 in Munster’s favour. 

Unfortunately poor execution let Ulster down in the second half. Disappointedly, after 12 weeks of preparation, the front five never gelled in any of its many formats and Munster largely bossed the breakdown, Ulster taking contact too upright too often for consistent ball presentation. 

The set piece always gave Munster a way out whenever Ulster applied pressure and with the home side dominating the break down the plentiful supply of ball saw Munster’s Kate Sheehan and Niamh Kavanagh cross to secure the game. 

Ulster had their chances and, once again, Vicky Irwin and Neve Jones covered a huge amount of territory in attack and defence. Unfortunately any forays into the Munster half were either turned over or thrown away with untidy passes becoming more prevalent as the game wore on. 

Munster kept turning the screw until the end with Chloe Pearse going over close to the end to secure the 38 – 12 win. 

Munster: Tries: Laura O’Mahony, Clodagh O’Halloran, Kate Sheehan, Niamh Kavanagh, Chloe Pearse 2. Con: Niamh Briggs 2; Rachel Allen-Connolly 2
Ulster: Tries; Maeve Liston, Fiona Tuite. Con: Jemma Jackson.

Munster Women   Ulster Women
Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemian) 15 Ella Durkan (Malone)
Laura O’Mahony (UL Bohemian) 14 Fiona Tuite (Old Belvedere)
Enya Breen (UL Bohemian 13 Maeve Liston (Cooke)
Claire Keohane (Railway Union) 12 Vicky Irwin (Cooke)
Eimear Considine (UL Bohemian) 11 Emma Jordan (Malone)
Rachel Allen (UL Bohemian) 10 Jemma Jackson (Old Belvedere)
Christine Coffey (Thurles) 9 Kathryn Dane (Old Belvedere)
Fiona Hayes (UL Bohemian) 1 Emma Kearney* (Cooke)
Kate Sheehan (UL Bohemian) 2 Neve Jones (Malone)
Fiona Reidy (UL Bohemian) 3 Ilse van Staden (Cooke)
Clodagh O’Halloran (UL Bohemian) 4 Hannah Beattie (Malone)
Ciara O’Halloran* (UL Bohemian) 5 Keelin Brady (Barnhall)
Chloe Pearse (UL Bohemian) 6 Lauren Maginnes (Malone)
Grainne Fennelly* (Thurles) 7 Beth Cregan (Cooke)
Sarah Quin (UL Bohemian) 8 Shannon Buller* (Queens)
     
Edel Murphy (UL Bohemian) 16 Megan Brodie* (Harlequins)
Sarah O’Gorman* (UL Bohemian) 17 Stacey Lea Kennedy (City of Derry)
Roisin Ormond (Ballincollig RFC) 18 Shannon Heapes (Cooke)
Sarah Garrett (UL Bohemian) 19 Chloe McIlwaine (Malone)
Dorothy Wall* (Fethard & District), 20 Katie Hetherington* (Cooke)
Nicole Cronin (UL Bohemian) 21 Diane Ramsey (Queens)
Niamh Kavanagh (UL Bohemian) 22 Kelly McCormill* (Cooke)
Laura Sheehan (UL Bohemian) 23 Dolores Hughes (Virginia)

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