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Thursday 14 December 2017

Layden's late show seals win

IRELAND are still on course for an U20 Grand Slam after a brace of late tries helped them to a 27-8 victory over Italy at Dubarry Park last night.

Ireland were made to sweat when Alex Morsellino scored a 77th-minute touchdown but closed with two tries from Ian Henderson and Shane Layden to maintain their 100pc record.

Irish fly-half Paddy Jackson impressed with five penalties, which proved crucial.

The Italians took the lead with a penalty, slotted home by Ricardo Della Rossa, after Ireland had strayed offside, but Jackson then took over, scoring five unanswered penalties.

Foster Horan (pictured), Jordan Coghlan and Taghg Beirne all had chances to cross the Italian try-line but tough defending kept them out.

Ireland were punished three minutes from time when winger Morsellino showed impressive pace to run from his own 22 and touch down. But when it most mattered, Ireland turned on the style. And a well-oiled move was finished superbly in the corner by lock Henderson as Layden's late touchdown sealed the win.

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