Ireland youngsters fight back for win
March 28, 2003

Ireland U21s 21 England U21s 20
Ireland fought back from 20-6 down to claim a famous victory over their English counterparts at Ravenhill.

Queens full-back Tommy Bowe was the hero as he scored a dramatic try in injury-time.

Ireland made the better start and took the lead on seven minutes with a penalty from outside-half Michael Rainey.

England drew level four minutes later with a penalty from full-back Ed Thrower.

Thrower gave the visitors the lead after 17 minutes as Ireland were penalised at the ruck.

England increased their lead when they got the game's first try after 26 minutes.

From a scrum James Scraysbrook dropped the ball but was able to re-gather. He took it on and fed Warren Spragg, who put winger James Bailey over to score, Thrower added the conversion from a tight angle.

English prop Peter Cook was sin-binned after 34 minutes but Ireland were unable to take advantage as Rainey missed a penalty on the stroke of half-time to leave the visitors leading 13-3.

Rainey cut England's lead three minutes into the second half with a penalty but was again off-target four minutes later.

England got their second try as the Irish defence went to sleep when Bailey popped up the ball to Spencer Davey and he had enough pace and the power to score from the 22. Thrower added the conversion.

Ireland hit back after 68 minutes with a try from a line-out.

The pack caught the ball and it was moved out wide for John Hearty to score. Rainey added the conversion from a tight angle and kicked a penalty five minutes later.

That cut the lead to four points and set up a dramatic finish as Bowe went over from 25 yards.

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