Ulster hammer Connacht in Interprovincial football semi-final

Wayne McKeon and Martin Penrose
Ulster's Martin Penrose battles with Connacht's Wayne McKeon at Markievicz Park

Ulster set up an Interprovincial Football final against Munster as they hammered Connacht 3-16 to 0-13 at Markievicz Park.

Mark Poland set up a goal for Peter Harte in the 11th minute and the Down man then netted himself to extend Ulster's lead to 2-4 to 0-3.

After leading 2-10 to 0-5 at half-time, Ulster continued to dominate and Martin Penrose notched the team's third goal.

In the other football semi-final, Munster beat Leinster 1-16 to 1-13.

Several of the country's top players were in action in Sligo but the crowd still numbered less than 500 as the teams took the field amid a muted atmosphere.

Poland's good work set up Harte's 11th-minute three pointer and the Mourne man blasted in Ulster's second goal in the 23rd minute.

Impressive midfielders Dan Gordon and Rory Kavanagh were on target for Ulster in the first half with Conleth Gilligan, Joe McMahon, James Loughrey and Owen Mulligan also among the first-half scorers.

Conor Mortimer notched four of Connacht's five first-half points with Nicky Joyce gettinng the other score.

Connacht did hit three unanswered points after the restart - which included two Donie Shine points - but Ulster then replied with a quickfire 1-3 which included Penrose's goal, with his county colleague Harte the provider.

Munster took an early 1-4 to 0-0 lead at Parnell Park and while Leinster fought back to trail to by only three, the visitors took control again with David Tubridy finishing with six points for the winners.

Once again, the crowd was around the 500 mark in the capital despite the presence in the Leinster team of Dublin stars such as Stephen Cluxton and Bernard Brogan.


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