Trinity 14pts, Lansdowne 25pts; November 5th 2016
Trinity hosted local rivals Lansdowne. It was a case of 1st place playing 3rd on a beautiful sunny Autumn day in College Park.
The Students started brightly and should have scored off the kick off as they looked one step ahead of their opponents with Colm Hogan putting the foot in touch as he dived in for what would have been a superb team try.
Jack McDermott kicked a penalty to put the students ahead. Scott Deasy kicked a penalty for the visitors. The home team struck with a fabulous try when *8 Tom Ryan offloaded to full back Jack Kelly who in turn put his wing Bryan Mollen away out wide – Kelly stayed in support to receive a pass back from Mollen and the Trinity freshman took it to the line to increase the Trinity lead. McDermott kicked another penalty. Deasy however kept Lansdowne in touch with two more penalties as the visitors absorbed the pressure to keep in touch.
Lansdowne scored a try on half time and went into half time 14 all.
In the second half Lansdowne began to strangle the students with their suffocating defence. They did not really attack themselves but they lived off the many mistakes of the students, and this deservedly won them the game.
Trinity still dominated territory but struggled to get their game going. They were pulled back when sub wing Evan Dixon looked to have scored, but the referee judged the movement to have an illegal block in it.
Trinity also mysteriously turned down kickable opportunities which would have given them a vital bonus point which they richly deserved. In a league where everyone is beating each other the Students must learn from this defeat.
Next week they play Old Belvedere in Anglesea road in what will be another tough game.
15 Jack Kelly, 14 Bryan Mollen, 13 Michael Courtney, 12 Kyle Dixon, 11 Colm Hogan, 10 Jack McDermott, 9 Dan Joyce, 1 Eric O’Sullivan, 2 Patrick Finlay, 3 Andy Keating, 4 Jack Burke, 5 Pierce Dargan, 6 Sam Pim, 7 Dermot O’Flynn, 8 Tom Ryan.
Trinity Senior 2nds beat Lansdowne 35-10, in their best performance of the season in College Park. Competing in Metro League 2, Trinity lead the table.
Trinity U20s Premier had a convincing win over Blackrock College in Stradbrook 31-5, in a very competitive physical game.
Trinity Pennant XV defeated DLSP 56-5 in only their second game of the season.
Trinity Senior 3rds had a tremendous win in St Marys in their Metro 6 league game.
Trinity 4ths team lost narrowly 22-20 in a close encounter v Coolmine