Ian Keatley made a promising start to his Connacht career with a fourteen-point haul, including two drop goals, against Harlequins in the pre-season friendly at the Sportsground.
The 21-year-old, formerly with Clontarf, has been steadily making a name for himself with impressive performances at Ireland Under-20, Ireland A and Ireland sevens.
Connacht produced a top class second-half performance to come from behind and defeat Harlequins in an entertaining friendly at the Sportsground on Saturday evening.
Keatley gave Connacht a sixth minute lead with a penalty but trailed 8-3 at the break after Harlequins crossed for a try from full-back Tom Williams and a penalty from out-half Nick Evans.
Debutant Keatley added to his first half penalty to reduce the deficit to two points shortly after the restart before Keith Matthews restored Connacht’s lead on 56 minutes with a try under the posts after a superb break from scrum-half Frank Murphy.
Keatley slotted over the extras but his two drop goals on the hour mark and 71 minutes are what will stand out from this performance to put the home side firmly in front with just under ten minutes remaining.
With three minutes to go, captain John Muldoon sealed the victory with a try in the corner, having gone over from a maul.