Trinity 10pts, Cork Con 30pts – November 26th 2016;
On the scoreboard Trinity were well beaten but at 16-10 with ten minutes to go they were right in the game. A combination of lack of accuracy and solid Cork Con play led to the students downfall, and the ‘Munstermen’ were well worth their win at the end of the game.
The game started brightly with both teams prepared to play from anywhere and take the opposition through the phases. Cork Con edged the forward exchanges whereas the Trinity backs always looked capable of breaking through.
Cork Con kicked three penalties in the first half without really threatening the Students line. Trinity however had five or six opportunities to pressure for tries. Colm Hogan did score a well-taken try when he beat his man out wide, out half James Fennelly brilliantly kicked the conversion from the touch line.
Minutes later Trinity Full back Jack Kelly made a fabulous 70 metre break only to have the ball hit out of his hands as we went over to score. Kelly looked dangerous throughout making breaks every time he touched the ball. Even on the half time whistle Trinity were on the Cork Con line, but unable to score.
In the second half Trinity became very loose in their play, and the visitors just waited for the error and pounced. All Cork Con three tries through their well-drilled forwards,
Trinity came close on a few occasions but this was not to be their day.
With one game to go before the Holiday break, Trinity travel to League Champions Clontarf in Castle Avenue. This will be the last game of the first round of matches. Hopefully the students can get back to winning form against formidable opposition
Trinity Team; 15 Jack Kelly, 14 Bryan Mollen (Evan Dixon 45), 13 Michael Courtney, 12 Kyle Dixon, 11 Colm Hogan, 10 James Fennelly (Tommy Whittle 65), 9 Dan Joyce, 1 Eric O’Sullivan, 2 Patrick Finlay (Liam Cronin 60), 3 Andy Keating (Fintan Murphy 60), 4 Jack Burke, 5 Pierce Dargan, 6 Sam Pim, 7 Dermot O’Flynn, 8 Tom Ryan (Cian O’Dwyer 60)
Trinity 2nds XV convincingly beat Naas 45-24 in College Park, and move five points clear of the Metro 2 League. The 2nds played some great rugby in the second half with backs and forwards combining for some fine scores for a bonus point victory.
Trinity U20s Premier XV lost a superb game of Rugby V League leaders Lansdowne 37-35 on the back pitch of the Aviva. Trinity led 30-12 at one point, but the home team came back to tie the game up at 32 all, Trinity James McGowan kicked a penalty, but Lansdowne had the last say when they scored off a scrum. Trinity got two points out of the game, with four highlight reel tries.
Trinity U20s Pennant XV drew their second game in a row V Bective 12 all in Donnybrook.
Trinity 3rds had a great win V Wanderers 25-13 with a fine display of running rugby in Santry.
Trinity 4ths lost out to Old Wesley in Donnybrook 45-10 but battled to the end.
Trinity Ladies XV lost 27-17 to Portlaoise in Santry.