Ulster easily retain title


ULSTER retained their under-21 interprovincial hockey title in Cork yesterday when they emerged with a 100 per cent record in their three matches.

Ulster wrapped up the title with a 3-2 win over the Combined Universities in their final match yesterday. Their winning score came from Andrew Barbour in the closing seconds.

Ulster defeated Leinster 2-0 on Friday and they followed up with a 6-2 trouncing of Munster on Saturday.

It was an outstanding display of fast attacking hockey from Ulster, which saw them race into a 4-0 lead by the 12th minute, and 5-0 by half-time, with two goals each from Barbour and Julian Lewis and one from Andrew Cousins.

John Ahern and David Eakins gave Munster some hope with second-half goals from penalty corners, but a Patrick Towe goal completed Ulster's comprehensive win.

Yesterday Leinster regained some pride when they handed out another heavy defeat to Munster, winning 4-1. Although Mark Black gave Munster the lead in the second minute, Leinster looked like winners once team captain Alan Bothwell equalised from a penalty stroke in the sixth minute.

With the Leinster attack cutting through the Munster defence with ease, they added three further first-half goals from John Goulding, Mark Henderson and Graham Shaw.

Against the Combined Universities on Saturday, Leinster had to come from behind to draw 1-1. Xavi Bou Torrent scored the Combined Universities' goal with Alistair McMahon replying for Leinster.