St Marys 23 Trinity U20s Pennant XV 10

26th April 2015

Trinity faced Leinster JP Fanagan Division two winners St Mary’s RFC in the Purcell Cup Final on Sunday. Aidan Kearney’s boys led at one point by 10-0 but failed to take advantage of a strong breeze at their backs. Trinity dominated up front and looked to have the measure of the Templeville road squad. Trinity played their best rugby in the opening 20 minutes. They squandered several scoring opportunities early on. They led 10-0 and should have been up by at least one more score. St Marys did score a try by their wing just before half time which gave them confidence going into the half time break.

With the wind St Mary’s kicked everything deep into the Trinity end of the field. Trinity struggled to make headway against an increasingly stout St Mary’s defence. St Mary’s took the lead 16-10 early in the second half, when they split the Trinity blindside defence to score. The score stayed this way as the teams battled for position and possession. The score was put beyond doubt, in the 78th minute when they scored out wide for the third time. It was heartbreaking way to end the season for the Trinity U20s second string, who had battled a Division 1A 1st string U20s squad.

With the Premier XV losing narrowly in the All Ireland U20s final 16-15 V Lansdowne, and the U20s Pennant squad very competitive in the Division Two Final, the future looks very bright for Trinity who have a crop of highly talented players going forward. It is worth mentioning that the Senior 4ths O’Connor Cup winning team on Saturday is also packed with U20 qualified players. These players will have very high expectations as they move into the latter years of their Trinity Rugby experience.

Trinity team; 15 Oisin Brady, 14 Oisin Leahy, 13 James O’Donovan, 12 Dylan McGagh, 11 Will Ben Simms (Mark Strong 40), 10 Dave Murphy, 9 Dermot Lavelle, 1 Cormac Keane, 2 Joe Horan, 3 Darragh Higgins (Ciaran Stafford 50),4 Eoin Gleeson, 5 Cameron McCrumm, 6 Jack McCarthy (Thabani Byella 40) 7 Jack Boland,8 Cormac Blake.

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