Trinity 19pts Garryowen 3pts. March 4th 2017

Trinity got back to winning ways in a rain swept College Park on Saturday with a 19-3 win over visiting Garryowen.

The Students impressively adapted their game plan to the very challenging wet and slippery conditions, ultimately earning DUFC four league points and a move up to seventh in the AIL league table.

Playing into the heavy rain and wind in the first half, Trinity battled for possession, but both teams struggled to retain anything viable as defences ruled the day.

Trinity had their opportunities but couldn’t capitalise, two kicked penalties the only points to show for in the first half thanks to two well struck kicks by outhalf Jack McDermott.

In the second half the visitors rarely got into the Trinity half as the Students lay siege to the Garryowen line. Jack McDermott left the field with an injury, and on came James Fennelly, who controlled the game with a nice mix of passing and kicking. Fennelly kicked an incredibly confident drop goal considering the muddy conditions.
Trinity looked dominant up front especially in the set piece, but got on the wrong side of the referee early and were consistently penalised thoughout the match for minor technical infractions. The home pack did get their reward when they steamrollered their opposition over the line on a 5M scrum late in the match, allowing #8 Tom Ryan to pick up the only try of the day.
Wing Bryan Mollen stepped up to take on the kicking after McDermott’s departure and nailed his second kick of the day to ease the hosts to a two score lead.

Centre Micheal Courtney broke free on a 60 M run in the dying moments of the Mach, but Trinity failed to convert to score.

The win was hugely important win for the Students, bumping them two spots clear of relegation. The next opportunity for DUFC to continue their march up the table comes next weekend when the lads travel to Young Munster in search of more points!

Trinity team; 15 Colm Hogan, 14 Tim Maupin, 13 Michael Courtney, 12 Kyle Dixon, 11 Bryan Mollen, 10 Jack McDermott (James Fennelly 45), 9 Brian Slater (Rowan Osborne 50), 1 Eric O’Sullivan (Tom Collis 70), 2 Patrick Finlay (Jack Boland 70), 3 Andrew Keating, 4 Jack Burke, 5 Raef Tyrrel (Cian O’Dwyer 70), 6 Pierce Dargan, 7 Dermot O’Flynn, 8 Tom Ryan

Other DUFC Results from the Weekend:

The DUFC Women’s Team lost a tight battle 29-12 to Wanderers in the Leinster league final. Congrats on an AMAZING campaign!

U20s narrowly fell to Lansdowne in a thrilling match 38-29

Our Senior ends absolutely smashed Lansdowne 50-0!

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