Leinster Capture Inter-pros Title
A strong first half performance, during which they established an 11 point lead against the wind, ensured that Leinster were never in any danger of losing the game.
O’Dwyer netted on 11 minutes leaving Connacht trailing by 1-5 to 0-3. Further scores by Richie Power , Joe Bergin and Shane Dooley left the Westerners (essentially a Galway side) trailing. After some superb play by Eoin Larkin and Dooley, O’Dwyer again goaled to put Leinster firmly in control at the break.
With the elements on their side, Leinster tagged on more points through Power and Larkin. Connacht then rallied as substitute Damien Hayes flicked the ball to the net. Indeed, Hayes’s introduction gave Connacht added impetus as he spearheaded the attack. His 1-1 in the second half spurred on his team, and while the Leinster defence had a lot more to do in the seond half, the result was never in doubt. In the end the star-studed Leinster side held out to comfortably capture the silverware.
Scorers – Leinster: R.Power 0-10 (8f, 1 65), R.O’Dwyer 2-2, S.Dooley 0-3, J.Bergin, E.Larkin 0-2 each
Connacht: C.Cooney 0-9 (8f), D.Hayes 1-1, D.Burke 0-3, I.Tannian, D.Burke 0-1 each
REF – C.Lyons (Cork)