Match Report: UCD 23 DUFC 13 Ulster Bank All-Ireland League Div 1A

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

In a rugby sense, history was created last Saturday when Dublin University played UCD for the first time in the top division of the All Ireland league at College Park.  (The sides had played some previous encounters either at Donnybrook or the UCD Bowl).  The respectable attendance, of some 500 spectators, witnessed a contest full of commitment and excitement, with the clinching try for UCD being scored in the 78th minute.
 
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A gentle drizzle during the match, coupled with the intensity of the tackling, resulted in several handling errors.  This partially explains the scrum count in favour of Trinity (12 to 6) and they out-performed UCD in this area.  In addition, the UCD line-out did not function with its usual accuracy, with nearly half of the UCD “throws” being lost or severely disrupted.
 
UCD took an early lead, which was never, subsequently, relinquished.  After 8 minutes, Andrew Porter, made a powerful burst around the half-way line, Barry Daly made further progress with Peadar Timmins running the remaining yards to score a try, to which Foley kicked a difficult conversion.  UCD had the fair share of possession and position during the remainder of the first half and this allowed Foley to add two more penalties, both of which were replied to by Trinity.  The score was UCD’s favour (16 – 6) at half time.

As was expected, Trinity began the second half with great intensity and were willing to kick deep to the corners for position.  UCD defended solidly but in the 15th minute, a loose UCD kick allowed the Trinity full-back to gather the ball at pace.  He chipped over the advancing UCD players, and was adjudged, perhaps controversially, to have won the race for the touch down near the corner flag.  The referee then ordered the missed conversion to be retaken – a UCD player had charged the kick early – and the re-take was successful!  The score was now 16 – 13 to UCD, with 25 minutes left to play.  However, the UCD defence was adequate for the task.  Eventually, the UCD winger, Adam Byrne turned defence into attach by running the ball out of his 22 metre line.  After a bout of sustained pressure in the Trinity 22, Jamie Glynn found a gap to score under the posts which Foley converted.  The final whistle was forthcoming to leave UCD worthy winners (23 – 13) for their resolute performance and deprive Trinity of an important losing bonus point.   
 
Andrew Porter, Peadar Timmins, and Emmet MacMahon provided important leadership on the field.  Moreover, Will Connors, Tom Foley, Greg Jones, Jimmy O’Brien, and James Ryan – all novices for UCD in the AIL – gave solid performances.  Each player in the UCD squad can feel positive about their individual contribution but they will accept, in their maturity that improvement is necessary and can be achieved in certain areas.   UCD’s attention now turns to Terenure (away) next Friday for the third series of AIL matches.  However, mark down in your diary Friday 7th April 2017 for the annual Colours and return AIL fixture – UCD v. Trinity.  No faint hearts admitted to the UCD Bowl     
 
UCD Team: 15. Hugo Keenan, 14. Adam Byrne, 13. Stephen Murphy (Acting Captain), 12. Jimmy O’Brien, 11. Barry Daly, 10. Tim Foley, 9. Nick McCarthy, 1. Andrew Porter, 2. Sean McNulty, 3. Jeremy Loughman, 4. Emmet Mac Mahon, 5. James Ryan, 6. Greg Jones, 7 Will Connors, 8. Peadar Timmins.  Substitutes:  16. Gordon Frayne, 17. Liam Hyland, 18. Jack Regan, 19.  Jamie Glynn, 20.  Tom Fletcher.
 

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