Leinster claim Tetrarch Hospitality FFA Inter-Provincial Cup
The game marked Tetrarch Hospitality's first major event as part of their new partnership with the FAI's Football For All programme with the best of the FFA players from Leinster and Munster competing over 90 minutes in a competitive game.
Leinster broke the deadlock within the first 20 minutes with a goal from Cian Fitzpatrick. Munster did not let this affect them and pushed hard for the equaliser and got their just reward on 30 minutes when Jamie McStay sent in a swerving corner kick that deceived the Leinster goalkeeper and dropped into the goal.
At 1-1, the game continued at a fast pace with both sides having chances but both keepers made some good saves. On 50 minutes, Leinster again took the lead with a great run from Jack Curran down the left with him cutting into the penalty box and driving a low shot beyond the Munster keeper.
Munster responded with a couple of near misses over the next 10 minutes but in the final 20 minutes Leinster showed their class with three quick goals in 15 minutes from Leinster's players of the game Curran and Fitzpatrick, who claimed his hat-trick with two more goals before the final whistle.
FFA National Coordinator Oisin Jordan commented: "This is a real landmark for the Football For All club programme after six years of developing the club network we now have made the next step of our development pathway for players involved. The Inter-provincial matches now give existing youth players and the younger players coming through the system something to strive to. The backup bag of our new sponsor Tetrarch Hospitality has given the programme investment to ensure we as an Association can increase participation numbers within the programme."
FAI Vice President Donal Conway was on hand to present the winning team with the trophy and remarked on the dedication of all the players and the way the game was played in a truely fair play attitude. The players were a credit to their parents, clubs and coaches and he wished both teams well in the preparation for the next two games in 2017.
Leinster Squad: James Hogan, John Fitzsimons, Jamie Bradshaw, Ciaran Boggans, Sean O'Dalaigh, Adam Murphy, Mark Lonergan, Shane Kavanagh, Michael Kelleher, Mark Hennigan, Scott Mates, Daniel Walsh, Cillian Keating, Sean McManus, Jack Curran, Dylan Steele, Dylan Hanson, Cian Fitzpatrick
Munster Squad: Sean Shannon, Jack Hogan, John Jordan, Dylan Butler, Jack Hickey, Jack O'Keefe, Dion Kennedy, Cian Cotter, Matthew Collins, Daniel Carey Power, Keith Begley, Darragh Leahy, Cormac Hanley, Daniel Kelly, Michael O'Donovan, Jamie McStay, Conor Cummins, Morgan O'Neil, Jon Foxseang, Jonathan Healy