Leinster Senior Ladies Football Championship Final: Dublin V Meath – Ladiesgaelic.ie – May 28 2022

Tyrrell penalty seals the title for Dublin

TG4 Leinster SFC Final

Dublin 1-7
Meath 1-5

By Daire Walsh

Hannah Tyrrell scored a second half penalty at Croke Park where Dublin secured a ninth consecutive TG4 Leinster SFC title with a narrow triumph over reigning All-Ireland champions Meath.

Having found themselves three points adrift at the break, a superb scoring blitz at the start of the second half put the Royal County in a strong position to claim their first provincial crown since 2000. However, Dublin held firm and Tyrrell’s calm finish propelled her side towards a 16th Leinster crown.

After a cagey start, Nicole Owens – a late addition to Dublin’s starting line-up – opened the scoring with a ninth-minute point. Meath’s defensive set-up ensured that clear-cut scoring opportunities were initially at a premium for their opponents, but Eamonn Murray’s team also took a while to settle.

On the other hand, Dublin were growing in confidence and moved four points in front courtesy of a brace from St Sylvester’s ace Kate Sullivan and another courtesy of the ever-influential Lyndsey Davey.

It took Meath all of 29 minutes to get up and running but even though Aoibheann Leahy found the target from close-range, Tyrrell’s first point of the day gave Dublin a commanding 0-5 to 0-1 cushion into the interval.

Yet the game was dramatically turned on its head upon the resumption as Meath registered 1-2 without reply to edge themselves into the ascendancy. Straight from the throw-in, 2021 TG4 Footballer of the Year, Vikki Wall played the ball into her Dunboyne clubmate Emma Duggan for a fine point from play.

Duggan had a subsequent effort that rebounded off the post but midfielder Orlagh Lally was on hand to claim the rebound and fire beyond the reach of Ciara Trant.

A routine Stacey Grimes free suddenly presented Meath with a slender advantage in the 36th minute and while Dublin eventually responded with another Tyrrell point, a Wall score at the end of a trademark lung-bursting run kept the Royals ahead inside the final-quarter.

The pendulum swung back in Dublin’s favour on 47 minutes, however, when Tyrrell coolly slotted a penalty past All-Star goalkeeper Monica McGuirk.

Meath’s Maire O’Shaughnessy was sin-binned for a foot block on Owens in the lead-up to this score, but a second free by Grimes left the gap at a bare minimum upon her return. Wall was also yellow carded in a frantic finale, though, and with Niamh Hetherton adding her name to the scoresheet, it was Dublin who prevailed.

Scorers – Dublin: H Tyrrell 1-2 (1-0 pen), K Sullivan 0-2, L Davey, N Owens and N Hetherton 0-1 each.

Meath: O Lally 1-0, S Grimes 0-2 (2f), E Duggan, A Leahy and V Wall 0-1 each.

DUBLIN: C Trant; J Tobin, L Caffrey, M Byrne; A Kane, S Goldrick, O Nolan; J Dunne, K McDaid; K Sullivan, C O’Connor, S Wylde; L Davey, H Tyrrell, N Owens.

Subs: N Hetherton for Wylde (30), S Killeen for Sullivan (38), L Magee for Nolan (43), H Leahy for Kane (56).

MEATH: M McGuirk; S Ennis, MK Lynch, O Duff; N Gallogly, E Troy, A Cleary; M O’Shaughnessy, O Lally; M Thynne, E Duggan, A Leahy; V Wall, S Grimes, N O’Sullivan.

Subs: O Byrne for Leahy (43), K Nesbitt for Gallogly (53), C Smyth for Lally (56).

Referee: J Murphy (Carlow).

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SSE Airtricity League Premier Division: Bohemians V Drogheda United – The Irish Times – May 28 2022

Bohemians 1 Drogheda United 1

Dean Williams bagged an 84th-minute goal at Dalymount Park last night to earn Drogheda United a share of the spoils with Bohemians.

Despite their contrasting fortunes in last Monday’s round of fixtures — Bohs suffered defeat to St Patrick’s Athletic, while Drogheda recorded a shock win over champions Shamrock Rovers — it was the hosts who had much the better of the opening period.

Dawson Devoy and Ali Coote both fired marginally off target, before the Gypsies eventually claimed a breakthrough goal on the stroke of 45 minutes. Following excellent link-up play between Coote and Junior Ogedi-Ukozwe, Jordan Flores found himself in space and drilled a superb shot to the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

Although Drogheda had offered precious little in attack during the first half, they served notice of their potential when Darragh Nugent and Seán Roughan forced fine saves out of Bohs netminder James Talbot either side of the third-quarter mark.

The Gypsies had a number of opportunities to extend their lead at the opposite end and were left to rue these missed chances when Drogheda substitute Williams lifted the ball over the advancing Talbot for a dramatic equaliser six minutes from time.

BOHEMIANS: Talbot; Murphy, Doherty, Kelly, Wilson (Feely, 26 mins; Finnerty, 59 mins); Flores, Levingston; Coote (Mallon, 89 mins), Devoy, Burt; Ogedi-Ukozwe (Omochere, 59 mins).

DROGHEDA UNITED: Long; Heeney, Cowan (Poynton, 46 mins), Roughan, Weir; Clarke (Markey, 75 mins), Deegan; Grimes (Brennan, 67 mins), Nugent (Foley, 67 mins), Rooney; Lyons (Williams, 57 mins).

Referee: S Grant (Wexford).

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Dublin Adult Hurling League Division One Round-Up (May 24-25): Dublingaa.ie – May 27 2022

GO AHEAD DUBLIN ADULT HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION ONE ROUND-UP: MAY 24TH-25TH

GO AHEAD DUBLIN ADULT HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION ONE ROUND-UP: MAY 24-25 

By Daire Walsh 

Ballyboden St Enda’s preserved their 100% record in Division One of the Go Ahead Adult Hurling Leagues with a 5-19 to 2-14 victory against St Vincent’s at Pairc Ui Murchu on Tuesday evening.

Coming into this game with six consecutive wins under their belts, ‘Boden underlined their top-tier title credentials by producing another impressive display at both ends of the pitch. Vincent’s were the only other unbeaten team in AHL1 before this contest, but ultimately fell short to their southside counterparts.

Despite what the final scoreline may suggest, however, this certainly wasn’t a one-sided affair from start to finish. While former Tipperary hurler Timmy Hammersley broke the deadlock for ‘Boden with a well-executed point, Vins immediately replied through Rory Finn at the opposite end.

Hammersley duly posted his second score of the half, before Tom Connolly and Dara Perry registered unanswered efforts to squeeze the visitors in front. The lead changed hands on a number of occasions in the opening period, with ‘Boden regaining the ascendancy after Hammersley and Simon Lambert had split the uprights.

However, this latest ‘Boden cushion was short-lived as Perry, Sean Mulcahy and Stephen McGarry all found the target for a fired-up Vins. The hosts responded with their own scoring blitz courtesy of Paul Ryan (two) and Hammersley and even though Connolly and Alan Moore raised white flags for their opponents, a Hammersley goal seemingly had the Firhouse Road outfit in the driving seat approaching the break.

Yet Vincent’s proceeded to bag a three-pointer of their own and brought a slender advantage (1-11 to 1-10) into the interval as a result. This boosted the confidence levels of the Marino men, but ‘Boden came out all guns blazing at the beginning of the second half.

After ex-county stars Hammersley and Conal Keaney moved them back ahead – in advance of Ryan and Connolly claiming two-point salvos – David Curtin’s charges created substantial daylight between the teams. Ryan drilled a low free to the net in clinical fashion and followed up with his second major just a few minutes later.

Vins persevered with their challenge as the action progressed, but a Pearce Christie goal effectively placed the outcome beyond doubt. Davy Keogh did raise another green flag for ‘Boden in the closing stages and while Conor Burke – fresh from his appearance for Dublin against Galway in the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship three days earlier – did likewise for Vincent’s, it was a mere consolation in the end.

Although Lucan Sarsfields secured a 4-16 to 1-17 success over Faughs at 12th Lock on Wednesday, ‘Boden are still four points clear of them at the summit of the table. Vins are five points adrift in third, albeit with a game in hand on the two main pace-setters.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, county champions Kilmacud Crokes had five points to spare (1-22 to 0-20) against Craobh Chiarain at Clonshaugh. Following a run of three games without a win, this comes as a timely boost for the Stillorgan side.

2021 Dublin SHC finalists Na Fianna produced a strong display at Shanganagh Park, only to lose to home team Cuala by the slenderest of margins (3-12 to 1-17).

Meanwhile, Naomh Barrog made it three victories on the bounce when accounting for Whitehall Colmcille on a score of 2-18 to 0-13 in Kilbarrack.

At Marley Park on Wednesday, St Brigid’s emerged as emphatic 3-17 to 2-10 victors against Ballinteer St John’s. A Jack Ó Néill point edged the Russell Park men in front during the early exchanges and while Ballinteer subsequently moved in front themselves, the visiting side dominated the remainder of the opening half.

Even though Andrew Kavanagh, Johnny McGuirk and corner-back Cathal Doyle caught the eye with some fine scores, it was Adam McGuirk who really stood out. Thanks to a hat-trick of goals from the latter, Brigid’s brought a commanding 3-7 to 0-4 cushion into the break.

To their credit, Ballinteer didn’t allow their heads to drop and claimed a brace of goals in the second period. Nonetheless, St Brigid’s maintained a firm grip on the proceedings with Ruairi Convery, Eoin Dunne, Karl Rogers and Luke Purtill points ultimately sealing their fourth win from seven in this year’s league.

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SSE Airtricity League Premier Division Preview: Dundalk V St Patrick’s Athletic – The Tallaght Echo – May 26 2022

Pat’s aiming to build on Bohemian demolition

By Daire Walsh

ST PATRICK’S Athletic will be looking to complete a perfect week of SSE Airtricity League Premier Division action when they face Dundalk at Oriel Park tomorrow evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

Following their excellent 3-0 win over Bohemians in Richmond Park on Monday, the Saints will be in high spirits ahead of a trip to County Louth.

Coming hot on the heels of a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Damien Duff’s Shelbourne at the same venue three days earlier, this emphatic victory against Bohs came as a timely boost for the Inchicore men.

Tunde Owolabi was one of three players to earn a call-up to the Saints’ starting line-up — club captain Ian Bermingham and Jason McClelland being the others – and the Belgian attacker repaid the faith shown in him by team manager Tim Clancy with a superb hat-trick.

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SSE Airtricity League Premier Division Preview: Shamrock Rovers V Shelbourne – The Tallaght Echo – May 26 2022

Soccer

The Hoops looking to bounce back after shock loss to Drogs

By Daire Walsh

DEFENDING champions, Shamrock Rovers will look to recover from a rare slip-up when they welcome an in-form Shelbourne to Tallaght Stadium in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division tomorrow evening (kick-off 7.45pm).

Despite coming into the tie on the back of a 13-game unbeaten run, the Hoops were undone by one of their former players at Head In The Game Park on Monday.

A member of the Rovers first-team from 2014 to 2016, Ryan Brennan is now back at his hometown club of Drogheda United and his 38th-minute goal propelled the Co. Louth club towards a shock 1-0 win over the top-flight pace-setters.

Stephen Bradley’s charges remain seven points clear at the summit following Derry City’s defeat to Sligo Rovers on the same night, but they will not want to give the Candystripes any incentive in the race for league supremacy.

When Rovers visited Tolka Park back on April 8, it took a late goal from Kilnamanagh native Aaron Greene to earn them the spoils on a 2-1 final scoreline.

The newly-promoted Shels were still finding their feet in the Premier Division at that point, but have exploded into life in recent weeks. Since losing out to Finn Harps on April 29, the Drumcondra men have won four games on the bounce.

What is most impressive about this run is the fact that their manager – Ballyboden’s Damien Duff – was serving a touchline ban for all bar one of these encounters.

Another ex-Hoops star in the form of Joey O’Brien was barking out the sideline instructions during his absence, but the Shels head coach was back in the hot seat for Monday’s victory over UCD.

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Ireland Men’s Sevens Piece On Toulouse Tournament: The Tallaght Echo – May 26 2022

Rugby

Kennedy and Dardis help Ireland to historic World Series medal

LAST weekend was a memorable one for Terenure College RFC’s Billy Dardis and Terry Kennedy of St Mary’s College with both players lending their hand to an historic success for the Ireland Men’s Rugby Sevens team at the HSBC France Sevens in Toulouse.

The team emerged with a silver – a first-ever medal on the World Series circuit as a core nation following a thrilling semi-final victory over the tournament’s host country.

That set up a tantalising decider against Fiji at Stade Ernest Wallon and, while that ended in a 29-17 defeat, a second-place finish leaves them on a sound footing ahead of this weekend’s London Sevens at Twickenham.

Ireland were bronze medallists as an invitational team in the English capital back in 2018 and James Topping’s charges will be eager to leave an imprint on this tournament again.

Part of the squad that travelled to last year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Dardis and Kennedy have been stalwarts of the Sevens programme for a number of years.

They were instrumental in guiding Ireland towards the France Sevens final with Kennedy in lethal scoring form throughout the weekend.

After scoring three tries in as many pool stage games, he also crossed the whitewash in a 14-0 quarter-final win over Argentina on Saturday.

He bagged a brace in a last-four encounter with the French and while the showpiece didn’t go his side’s way, he brought his tournament tally to 35 points by dotting down beyond the Fijian line.

Team captain Dardis was used sparingly at times by Topping as he appeared off the bench in four of the six games that Ireland played, but the former Leinster Academy star made a good impact nonetheless, registering eight conversions.

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United Rugby Championship Media Round Table: Iain Henderson & Rob Herring (Ulster) – The42.ie – May 26 2022

‘It would be the highlight of our careers if we were able to do something special this year’

Iain Henderson has a burning desire to finally get over the line with Ulster.

SINCE FIRST MAKING his senior international bow in November 2012, Iain Henderson has grown accustomed to lifting silverware in the green of Ireland.

A three-time winner of the Six Nations – including the Grand Slam triumph of 2018 – the Ulster lock also helped his country to secure a Triple Crown at the end of this year’s Championship. Success has eluded Henderson thus far at club level, however, with the most recent entry on Ulster’s roll of honours being a Celtic League title back in 2006.

The Craigavon man was just 14 years of age when Mark McCall guided the northern province to glory in the same season that Munster claimed the Heineken Cup for the first time.

Having featured in the Pro12 and Pro14 finals of 2012/13 and 2019/20 respectively, Henderson understandably has a burning desire to finally get over the line with Ulster. A United Rugby Championship quarter-final against the aforementioned Munster in Belfast tomorrow week represents the next step on the road to potentially achieving this goal in the current campaign, something he believes would be career-defining for himself.

“Obviously it would be incredible to see us winning something. A lot of that for me would be to see the younger guys winning something. They’ve put in so much over the last few years and, seeing them progressing, it would be great to get them into a winning habit or winning mentality,” Henderson acknowledged.

“It would be great to have the guys who were born – frustratingly for us! – after the millennium to be able to be winning stuff. To set them off at the start of their careers on a streak of winning trophies would be phenomenal.

“For us lads, it would be something that we’ve been working towards and aspiring towards for a long time. Not through lack of trying, but a few very frustrating games, frustrating knockout matches. It would be phenomenal, it would definitely be the highlight of our careers if we were able to do something special this year.”

While defeating Munster – who are without a trophy themselves since 2011 – is well within their grasp, it is quite likely Ulster will also have to overcome Leinster in order to bag the inaugural URC crown. Leo Cullen’s men were the standard bearers under the competition’s previous guise as the Pro14, winning no fewer than four league titles on the bounce.

This weekend sees them chasing a fifth European star against La Rochelle in the Champions Cup decider at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, before resuming their URC campaign with a last-eight meeting at home to Glasgow Warriors in the RDS on Saturday week.

The strength of the Leinster squad is reflected in the fact that a second-string selection were able to secure a bonus-point victory over Munster at the Aviva Stadium five days ago, despite their opponents needing a win to avoid hitting the road in the knockout rounds. Of all the qualities that Ulster’s interprovincial rivals possess, it is the cohesion in their play – regardless of the personnel involved – that impresses Henderson the most.

“Whenever they have a team out, irrespective of who is playing, one thing that is always very impressive is that you could almost recognise they are Leinster without knowing who’s playing. The way Leinster play, their shape is very impressive. How well drilled it is throughout their whole team and throughout a whole game when they play it,” Henderson added.

“One of the other teams who have done it well before, it sticks out in my mind, the year Connacht won the Championship [in 2016]. They got into the flow of games. I felt it worked really well for Connacht and Leinster do that really well now too.”

Sitting alongside Henderson in a remote United Rugby Championship media call yesterday afternoon was his provincial and international colleague Rob Herring. A native of Cape Town who qualified to represent Ireland through his Belfast-born grandfather, the dependable hooker has watched with great interest how the South African teams have progressed in the URC.

Even though the Lions missed out on a knockout spot, the Stormers (Herring’s hometown team), the Bulls and the Sharks have all made it through to the last-eight. After initially struggling to find their feet, Herring feels this quartet have proven themselves to be worthy additions to northern hemisphere rugby.

“I think it has been great. Obviously it has refreshed the league and we feel like there’s a lot more interest around it now. Obviously at the start it was difficult because the South African teams were travelling a lot and finding their way with a lot of their Springbok players missing,” Herring said.

“The way they’ve come back in the second part of the season in their home stretches, it has been pretty incredible. You speak to any player who has gone over there and played matches this year, it is a tough place to go and play. Physical games, just relentless and they have three teams in the top-eight. It just proves how great they have been.”

Daire Walsh

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All-Ireland Ladies Football Championship Launch: Aimee Mackin (Armagh) – The Irish News – May 25 2022

Mackin targets more big days at Headquarters

2022 TG4 All-Ireland Ladies’ Football Championships

By DAIRE WALSH

SHE enjoyed a rare run-out at the venue earlier this year, but Armagh ladies’ footballer Aimee Mackin is hoping it won’t be long before she gets to grace the hallowed turf of Croke Park again.

Despite an impressive tally of six points from the Shane O’Neill’s ace, the Orchard County fell short to Kerry in a National Football League Division Two final held at Headquarters on April 10.

In years gone by, it was only the All-Ireland finalists in the LGFA – across the senior, intermediate and junior grades – who got to feature in Croke Park at Championship time.

Although Armagh’s most recent showpiece appearance in the top tier was as far back as 2006, a number of penultimate round games have been held there in recent years and Mackin is eager for more big days in Dublin.

“The Division Two final, it was nice to get out and play in Croke Park. I know a lot of our girls, it was probably our first time and the opportunities haven’t come around too often for Armagh to be playing in Croke Park,” Mackin remarked.

“It was nice to play on the pitch. Unfortunately it didn’t end the way we wanted it to. We’d like to get back there some day, but we’ll take each game as it comes.”

Mackin was back in Croke Park yesterday for the launch of the All-Ireland championships, which are returning to a more familiar format in 2022 following two seasons that were severely disrupted because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A narrow extra-time victory over Donegal in an intense Ulster championship final last Sunday means Donegal will be seeded in Group B of the All-Ireland series. While this could work to their advantage, Mackin was just glad to get her hands on a piece of silverware in Clones after the disappointment of their NFL reversal to Kerry.

“Your province is so important and especially if you win it, it’s such a high regard. We watched it back, it was an intense game. There probably didn’t deserve to be a loser on the day. Donegal are a phenomenal team and we were just fortunate enough in the end. We got a chance and we took it.”

An inter-county debutant back in 2015, the LGFA landscape was dominated by Cork and Dublin during Mackin’s opening six seasons on the Armagh senior panel. That changed utterly in 2021, however, with Meath defeating both counties on their way to securing an historic All-Ireland senior title last September.

The Royals ascended to this position less than 12 months on from achieving national intermediate glory and Mackin believes their rise has added considerable intrigue for this year’s championship.

“Meath are phenomenal and what they’ve done in the game is just phenomenal. Winning the intermediate and going up straight to the senior. You have to take your hat off to them,” Mackin added.

“Their whole team and the backroom team behind them. They were brilliant last year and fully deserved it. They haven’t stopped. It will be an interesting championship and we’re all looking forward to it.”

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United Rugby Championship Media Round Table: Chris Farrell (Munster) – The42.ie – May 25 2022

‘We had it out with each other’ – Tough Munster conversations following Leinster defeat

Johann van Graan’s charges delivered a below-par performance against a fringe Leinster team last weekend.

CHRIS FARRELL ADMITTED yesterday there have been some tough conversations within the Munster squad in the wake of their disappointing United Rugby Championship defeat to a fringe Leinster team at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday.

Coming into the game needing a win to guarantee a home quarter-final at the end of the inaugural URC season, Johann van Graan’s charges proceeded to deliver a below-par performance that ultimately saw them losing out on a final score of 35-25. With his side already guaranteed top spot in the final standings, the Leinster 23 that Leo Cullen selected for this game bore little or no resemblance to the one that will tackle La Rochelle in the Champions Cup showpiece at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille this weekend.

Nonetheless, the Blues came away with a deserved bonus point win to leave Munster facing a last-eight trip against Ulster in Belfast on Friday week.

“We had a pretty honest assessment about how things went as a group and in our mini-groups we had it out with each other about what we thought we could have done better. We weren’t on it from the start. We were beaten physically in certain areas and we were really disappointed with our breakdown,” Farrell explained on a URC media call.

“Honestly, we probably got bullied a little bit there in the first 10 minutes and that set the tone for the rest of the game. There are a few other areas that we’re really disappointed with. We didn’t exit very well. We panicked a little bit. We felt we were really well prepared for it and that’s the disappointing thing.

“We felt like going into the game we had good knowledge of what to expect from that Leinster team. We knew where they were dangerous and we thought we were well prepared, but we didn’t act like that when the game came to it. It was something we were really disappointed with and from the conversations we’ve had today [Tuesday], we’ve taken a lot out of that.

“Hopefully we’ll have taken some learnings. It still feels a little bit raw to have lost like that, but we feel like we’ve learnt from it already and we can turn a corner now going into the end of this week. Put another couple of good training days behind us and be in a better position from where we are now.”

Given the nature of their latest reversal to Leinster [they also lost out to their arch rivals at Thomond Park on 2 April], there will inevitably be question marks over Munster’s confidence levels heading into that forthcoming duel with Ulster. However, Farrell is adamant this won’t be a factor as they look to salvage a largely frustrating campaign.

“I wouldn’t say it knocks our confidence. We 100% have to put our hands up and say we didn’t perform. Against a team like Leinster, if you aren’t at 100% you’re never going to win the game. I wouldn’t say it dents our confidence because we know how difficult we can be to play against, when we’re up around 100%.

“When we’re more clinical, when we’re decisive with what we’re doing. Playing our game plan without deviating when the pressure comes on. It’s trying to understand why that happened at the weekend is the big thing for us. I don’t think it’ll have an implication on how we go against Ulster. Hopefully between now and then we can put a few things right.”

Given two of the South African clubs – the Stormers and the Bulls – finished the regular season of the URC in the top-four, having to travel up to Kingspan Stadium in nine days’ time could hardly be regarded as a logistical headache for Munster.

In fact, the Reds find themselves coming face-to-face with an Ulster side they have already defeated home and away in this year’s competition. Yet although Tyrone native Farrell played a significant role in getting one over on his home province in Belfast last month, he can’t see it having any bearing on how their latest duel will pan out.

“There’s not a huge amount we can take away from winning up there this year. I think it’s going to be a completely different task. It’s not a game that we can compare to what we did the last time we were up there. It’s a really hostile place to play and they’re now a team that have one front to compete on, like us,” Farrell added.

“They’ll want to right that wrong and I’d expect a reaction from them. They didn’t like being beaten by Munster in Belfast. They were disappointed with that last time. It’s going to be a huge evening up there next Friday night and one that we’re not going to shy away from.”

Daire Walsh

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United Rugby Championship Media Round Table: Chris Farrell (Munster) – The Irish Examiner – May 25 2022

Chris Farrell: Leinster ‘bullied’ us in the first 10 & that set the tone for the rest of the game

Farrell admitted a number of home truths have been expressed in the Munster camp
DAIRE WALSH

Chris Farrell admitted a number of home truths have been expressed in the Munster camp following their deflating defeat to a second-string Leinster team in the United Rugby Championship at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday.

Despite being the side with the most to play for on paper – a victory would have guaranteed them a home quarter-final in the inaugural URC – Johann van Graan’s charges suffered a 35-25 reversal to their arch rivals. Already guaranteed top spot in the final standings, Leinster could afford to rest their front-line stars ahead of this weekend’s Champions Cup final showdown with La Rochelle, but this didn’t stop Leo Cullen’s fringe selection from coming away with a deserved bonus point victory.

“We had a pretty honest assessment about how things went as a group and in our mini-groups we had it out with each other about what we thought we could have done better. We weren’t on it from the start. We were beaten physically in certain areas and we were really disappointed with our breakdown,” Farrell acknowledged on a URC media call yesterday.

“Honestly, we probably got bullied a little bit there in the first 10 minutes and that set the tone for the rest of the game. There are a few other areas that we’re really disappointed with. We didn’t exit very well. We panicked a little bit. We felt we were really well prepared for it and that’s the disappointing thing.

“We felt like going into the game we had good knowledge of what to expect from that Leinster team. We knew where they were dangerous and we thought we were well prepared, but we didn’t act like that when the game came to it.” After finishing sixth at the end of the regular URC season, Munster will be hitting the road on Friday week for an interprovincial derby quarter-final against Ulster at Kingspan Stadium.

When they last visited the Belfast venue on April 22, opening half tries from Stephen Archer and Keith Earls helped Munster to secure a 24-17 triumph over Dan McFarland’s men. Tyrone native Farrell played a key role at outside centre against his home province on that occasion, but he doesn’t feel their victory in that game will hold any relevance when the two sides renew acquaintances in the knockout rounds.

“There’s not a huge amount we can take away from winning up there this year. I think it’s going to be a completely different task. It’s not a game that we can compare to what we did the last time we were up there. It’s a really hostile place to play and they’re now a team that have one front to compete on, like us.

“They’ll want to right that wrong and I’d expect a reaction from them. They didn’t like being beaten by Munster in Belfast. They were disappointed with that last time. It’s going to be a huge evening up there next Friday night and one that we’re not going to shy away from.”

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