Trinity take a bow on top flight debut

Ulster Bank League Division 1A: Terenure College 18, Dublin University 25. Dublin University enjoyed a winning Ulster Bank League Division 1A debut as they handed 14-man Terenure College Park a 25-18 defeat at Lakelands Park.

Terenure were really up against it after scrum half Kevin O’Neill’s 11th-minute sending-off for use of the boot, but a penalty try and a Jake Swaine effort had the hosts 12 points to the good.

However, Trinity hit their attacking stride to make it 15-10 at the break. Full-back James O’Donovan impressed on a sidestepping run and then hooker Paddy Finlay rumbled over from close range.

Despite losing prop Andy Keating to the sin-bin, the students opened the second half with another try, quick turnover ball releasing centre Michael Courtney for the corner.

Tony Smeeth’s youngsters pushed into a 22-15 lead thanks to winger Evan Dixon’s 55th-minute touchdown, which saw him link neatly with his brother, centre Kyle.

Steady out-half Jack McDermott converted and tagged on a penalty, while a late kick from James O’Donoghue gave gallant ‘Nure a losing bonus point.

Scorers for Terenure College:

Tries: Penalty try, Jake Swaine; Con: Jake Swaine; Pens: James O’Donoghue 2.

Dublin University scorers:

Tries: Paddy Finlay, Michael Courtney, Evan Dixon; Cons: Jack McDermott 2; Pens: Jack McDermott 2.


James O’Donoghue; Jake Swaine, Conor Kelly, Willie Devane, Sam Coghlan Murray; Marc Hiney, Kevin O’Neill; Kieran Moloney, Adam Clerkin, Gary Hamilton, Mike Murphy, Cathal Deans, James O’Neill, Patrick Thornton, Kyle McCoy (capt).


Risteard Byrne, Rory Harrison, Robert Duke, Thomas Burke, Conor Finn.


James O’Donovan, Bryan Mollen (capt), Michael Courtney, Kyle Dixon, Evan Dixon; Jack McDermott, Rowan Osborne; Eric O’Sullivan, Paddy Finlay, Andy Keating, Jack Burke, Pierce Dargan, Sam Pim, Ross Todd, Tom Ryan.


Liam Cronin, Fintan Murphy, Cian O’Dwyer, Daniel Joyce, Fraser Wright.


Leo Colgan (IRFU).


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