Trinity 13pts – Shannon 7pts. 8th November 2014;
Trinity had to play their second AIL game in a row in wet and cold conditions. The fact they have beaten famous Limerick clubs Garryowen and Shannon is a tribute to the students character and stickability! Saturday’s game in College Park was played in miserable conditions, but the Trinity pack faced up to the Limerick visitors. They played some good attacking shape in the opening 20 minutes, but a combination of good defence and a wet greasy ball seemed to stop the students scoring more points.
Trinity did open their scoring with the play of the day, when Conor Kearns carved open the Shannon defence with a great line to score by the posts. Jack McDermott kicked the conversion. He later kicked a penalty to take Trinity out to a 10 pt lead.
In the second half Trinity had most of the territory, but lacked accuracy in everything they did, as the players continued to struggle with the conditions. McDermott kicked another penalty, Shannon were to have their purple patch in the last 10 minutes when they scored a try after several phases on the Trinity line. They came back up the field to mount one last charge for a most unlikely victory. Trinity with a man in the bin, held out with great spirit and defensive technique.
Next week, Trinity travel to Athlone to play Buccaneers the team who are one place above them in the league.
15 Conor Kearns, 14 Jack Fitzpatrick, 13 Paddy Lavelle,12 Seb Fromm, 11 Killian O’Leary, 10 Jack McDermott,9 Angus Lloyd, 1 George Walsh (Harry Redmond 65), 2 Richard Halpin (Paddy Finlay 65), 3 Tom Collis, 4 Pierce Dargan, 5 Jack Burke, 6 Nick McCarthy, 7 Brian Du Toit, Tom Ryan.
U20s do DOUBLE over UCD.
The Trinity U20s squad had a great day yesterday with a double over UCD in Belfield. The U20s Premier team won 25-13 in a game where they led the whole way. Trinity led 25-6 right up to the last play when UCD crashed over from close in for a deserved consolation try. Trinity scored three tries to one but struggled to get their usual fluent game plan going. Trinity can thank their defence for this win.
The U20s Pennant XV had to come from behind to win 27-18, managing to get a bonus point for four tries on the last play of the game.
UCD Senior 2nds got some revenge for their club with a emphatic win over a sadly depleted Trinity 2nds team.