Ulster Women came up short against Connacht to record thier 21st game without a win in this competition.
Connacht kicked off and for the next 10 minutes Ulster worked their way up the pitch from a series of breaks and pick and goes. Eventually from a driving maul Stacey Lee Kennedy broke and hit the whitewash in the corner. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful.
Almost immediately Connacht were back in the game from a close range penalty by Maeve Deely.
It was nip and tuck for the majority of the rest of the half with Ulster shading territory and possession.
Ulster had a try disallowed for a knock forward but responded with a break, followed by quickly recycled ball, which allowed Stacey Lee Kennedy to drive over under the posts. Jemma Jackson was successful with the conversion.
A loose kick from Ulster deep into the Connacht half was fielded and run back allowing Mairead Coyne to score to leave Ulster leading 12 – 8 at the break.
The second half was all Connacht with Aoibheann Reilly and Laura Feely scoring, Deely converting one, to give the visitors a 12 – 20 lead.
Ulster’s Lauren Maginnes crossed late on, Vicky Irwin converting, to give Connacht a one point win.
Stacks of pictures below from Bob Given Photography and Helen McGhee.