St Marys 9pts – Trinity 5pts. April 1st 2016.
Trinity lost on Friday night against top of league St Marys by four points. The big difference between the teams was that St Marys kicked three penalties and Trinity did not kick any of their three kicks.
St Mary’s had their prayers answered when it rained all day, and made the ball very slippery and easier to defend. That said Trinity had their opportunities but were 1or 2% off on the night.
The teams ripped into each other off the kick off and St Marys had the edge in the collisions in the first half. They played a very narrow game and on the night it went well for them. Trinity attacked at all times, but aggressive home defence stopped them getting the go forward they crave.
St Marys kicked three penalties through their deadly accurate out half Sean Kearns in the first half, two of which would be considered marginal decisions by the ref! But they had territory for most of the first half with the wind at their backs. Trinity had most of the possession but played into the wind with ball in hand.
If St Mary’s had territory in the first half Trinity turned the tables in the second half. They camped in their opponents half, but could not get the scores they needed. The Trinity forwards destroyed the home pack in the scrums, but did not get their rewards from the referee. Both teams struggled to win consistent line out ball. Trinity did score the only try of the game through wing Tim Maupin after several phases of play, but it was not enough. Both defences dominated on the night.
After Trinity scored the try, the game tightened right up, St Mary’s picked and went for the final ten minutes to win the game much to the delight of the large home crowd.
St Marys are now promoted to Division 1A. Credit to them they have only lost one game all season, which was to Trinity in College park.
Trinity now have one league game remaining V Blackrock, this will be followed by a semi final play off game V Ballymena on April 23rd. If they win that they play in a final for the remaining promotion spot. So they have still have a second chance to get promotion.
Trinity team; 15 Conor Kearns, 14 Tim Maupin, 13 Michael Courtney, 12 Paddy Lavelle, 11 Max McFarland, 10 Tommy Whittle (Jack Fitzpatrick 58), 9 Angus Lloyd, 1 Eric O’Sullivan, 2 Paddy Finlay, 3 Andy Keating, 4 Jack Burke, 5 Raef Tyrrell (Cian O’Dwyer 60), 6 Nick McCarthy (Warren Larkin), 7 Brian Du Toit, 8 Tom Ryan