All-Ireland League Division 1A: Terenure College V UCC – Irishrugby.ie – November 9 2019

TERENURE COLLEGE 22 UCC 14, Lakelands Park
Scorers: Terenure College: Tries: Sam Dardis, Sam Coghlan Murray, Caolan Dooley; Cons: Mark O’Neill 2; Pen: Mark O’Neill
UCC: Tries: Murray Linn, John Hodnett; Cons: Eoin Monahan, Peter Sylvester
HT: Terenure College 7 UCC 7

Terenure College moved up to second place in the Division 1A standings with a hard-earned 22-14 victory over UCC at Lakelands Park.

Sam Dardis, Sam Coghlan Murray and Caolan Dooley all touched down as ‘Nure leapfrogged the Cork students in the table. It was seven points apiece at half-time, but Sean Skehan’s men produced the big moments on the resumption to ultimately earn their fourth win of the campaign.

It was Dardis, the younger brother of Ireland Sevens captain Billy Dardis, who got the ball rolling inside the opening five minutes. He burst through a gap for a superb solo try following a quick attack off a turnover scrum. Mark O’Neill converted and Terenure were good value for their early lead.

Nonetheless, a series of pick and drives edged former leaders UCC towards the whitewash on the quarter hour mark. ‘Nure held them at bay until an Eoin Monahan pass out wide left winger Murray Linn with a simple finish on the right flank. Into a stiff breeze, Monahan landed an excellent conversion to level it up.

Despite ‘Nure losing centre Stephen O’Neill to the sin-bin, UCC were unable to take the lead. Peter Sylvester carried powerfully before a tricky penalty on the stroke of half-time was nudged wide by young out-half Monahan.

‘Nure drew first blood when play resumed, with number 10 O’Neill finding the target from a close range penalty. The hosts could not make hay while UCC prop Bryan O’Connor was in the bin, but they were more ruthless when it came to exploiting the extra space on offer.

After play was spread right across the UCC line, Coghlan Murray grounded an unconverted try on the left wing. UCC remained in contention moving into the final quarter with John Hodnett’s influence growing. Jake Swaine had a try ruled out in the 64th minute – only for ‘Nure to put things right just moments later.

Grasping his opportunity to burst through midfield, centre Dooley spectacularly sprinted in under the posts to make it 22-7. Hodnett, the Munster Academy talent, did likewise with a powerful finish in the 69th minute – supplemented by a Sylvester conversion – which added renewed vigour to UCC’s challenge.

Terenure maintained their composure, however, and the outcome was never in doubt during the final minutes. UCC had a last-gasp chance to notch a losing bonus point, but with Monahan and John Poland both off injured, centre Sylvester’s penalty effort from the 10-metre line fell short.

TERENURE COLLEGE: Matthew Byrne; Sam Dardis, Stephen O’Neill, Caolan Dooley, Sam Coghlan Murray; Mark O’Neill, Conor McKeon; Campbell Classen, Robbie Smyth, Saba Meunargia, Peter Claffey, Michael Melia, Stephen Caffrey, Paddy Thornton (capt), Niall Lalor.

Replacements: Adam Clarkin, Liam Hyland, Mike Murphy, Tim Schmidt, Jake Swaine.

UCC: Rob Hedderman; Murray Linn, Louis Bruce, Peter Sylvester, Matt Bowen; Eoin Monahan, John Poland; Shane O’Hanlon, Fergus Hennessy, Bryan O’Connor, Aiden Brien, Rory Suttor, Ryan Murphy (capt), John Hodnett, Jack O’Sullivan.

Replacements: Tadgh McCarthy, James French, Brian O’Mahony, Louis Kahn, Michael Clune.

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Women’s International Rugby Preview: Ireland V Wales – The Irish Examiner – November 9 2019

Ireland welcome Wales to UCD for crunch tie

Rugby

Daire Walsh

The Ireland women’s rugby team will be seeking a breakthrough victory in a November International when they welcome Wales to the UCD Bowl tomorrow (1pm).

Coach Adam Griggs has named an experienced line-up for this encounter, with Leinster lock Judy Bobbett the only debutant in the starting side. However, the uncapped quartet of Victoria Dabanovich O’Mahony, Katie O’Dwyer, Niamh Ní Dhroma and Hannah O’Connor are among the replacements.

Munster’s Eimear Considine is joined in the back three by Lauren Delany and Galway teenager Beibhinn Parsons, while Skibbereen native Enya Breen links up with Sene Naoupu in midfield. Ellen Murphy and Nicole Cronin are preferred at half-back. Larissa Muldoon returns to an Irish matchday squad for the first time since the 2017 World Cup.

UL Bohemian flanker Ciara Griffin retains the captaincy as part of a back row that also includes Edel McMahon and Anna Caplice.

Cliodhna Moloney makes his first international appearance of 2019 in the front row, where Laura Feely and Linda Djougang also feature.

Nichola Fryday partners Bobbett in the second row, and there is also a spot on the bench for versatile Leinster back Michelle Claffey.

IRELAND: E Considine; L Delany, E Breen, S Naoupu, B Parsons; E Murphy, N Cronin; L Feely, C Moloney, L Djougang; N Fryday, J Bobbett; C Griffin, E McMahon, A Caplice.

Replacements: V Dabanovich O’Mahony, K O’Dwyer, AM O’Hora, N Ní Dhroma, H O’Connor, K Dane, L Muldoon, M Claffey.

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Women’s November International Preview: Ireland V Wales – The Irish Times – November 9 2019

Ireland look to lay down a marker for season against Wales

Women’s November international rugby preview: Ireland v Wales, UCD Bowl, 1pm

The Ireland Women’s team will be looking to claim a breakthrough victory in a November international when they welcome Wales to the UCD Bowl on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 1pm).

Head coach Adam Griggs has named an experienced line-up for this encounter, with Leinster lock Judy Bobbett the only debutant in the starting 15. However, the uncapped quartet of Victoria Dabanovich O’Mahony, Katie O’Dwyer, Niamh Ní Dhroma and Hannah O’Connor are named amongst the replacements.

Munster’s Eimear Considine is joined in the Irish back three by Lauren Delany and Galway teenager Beibhinn Parsons, while Enya Breen links up with Sene Naoupu in midfield. Ellen Murphy and Nicole Cronin are the preferred choices at half-back, but Larissa Muldoon does return to an Irish match day squad for the first time since the 2017 World Cup.

UL Bohemian flanker Ciara Griffin retains the captaincy as part of a backrow that also includes Edel McMahon and Anna Caplice.

Following a run of six previous autumn defeats – not to mention a disappointing fifth-place finish in this year’s Six Nations Championship – Griggs is hopeful his side can hit the ground running in Belfield.

“Sunday is the first marker for our squad with an exciting and challenging season ahead. We have had some good training games and preparation so it’s now time to put that into action with a strong performance,” Griggs acknowledged.

“Our focus is starting off this international window with a fast start and showing the progress that has been made over the last six weeks in camp.”

IRELAND: E Considine; L Delany, E Breen, S Naoupu, B Parsons; E Murphy, N Cronin; L Feely, C Moloney, L Djougang; N Fryday, J Bobbett; C Griffin, E McMahon, A Caplice.

Replacements: V Dabanovich O’Mahony, K O’Dwyer, AM O’Hora, N Ní Dhroma, H O’Connor, K Dane, L Muldoon, M Claffey.

WALESK Powell; P Randall, A Donovan, R Wilkins, C Keight; E Snowsill, F Lewis; G Pyrs, K Jones, A Evans; N John, G Crabb; A Callender, B Lewis, S Lillicrap.

Replacements: C Phillips, G Jenkins, C Hale, S Harries, R Lock, K Bevan, M Webb, R O’Loughlin.

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Leinster Schools Senior ‘A’ Hurling Championship Preview: The Evening Herald – November 7 2019

GAELIC GAMES: LEINSTER SHC

Eoin drawn with St Kieran’s

Daire Walsh

COLAISTE EOIN, finalist in 2018-19, have been handed a tough draw in the group stages of the Leinster Schools Senior ‘A’ Hurling Championship.

The Gaelscoil were defeated by St Kieran’s College in last season’s decider and the two teams are set to face each other in the final round of Group A on January 15. Before then, Eoin will begin their campaign away to St Peter’s College, Wexford on December 11.

Their sole home game of this preliminary phase will be at the beginning of January, when they played host to the winners of the forthcoming ‘Group Team’ section – which features Metropolitan rivals Dublin South and Dublin North.

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Leinster Schools Senior ‘A’ Hurling Championship ‘Group Team’ Preview: The Evening Herald – November 7 2019

HURLING: LEINSTER GROUP TEAMS

South to face Wexford

Daire Walsh

DUBLIN South will begin their Leinster Post-Primary Schools Senior ‘A’ Hurling Championship ‘Group Teams’ campaign with a tricky away fixture against Wexford Schools on Saturday week (November 16).

This won’t be a do-or-die affair, however, as the losing side are set to face Dublin North in an unconfirmed venue seven days later. Having last reached the knockout stages of the provincial series in 2015, South will be hoping they can progress through this section of the competition with flying colours.

A third and final game on November 30 will ultimately determine which team moves forward to the group stages of the official Leinster Schools Senior ‘A’ Hurling Championship.

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Dublin Senior Football Championship Final: Ballyboden St Enda’s V Thomas Davis – The Tallaght Echo – November 7 2019

“We just needed to stick to the process”- Rainbow

By Daire Walsh

BALLYBODEN St Enda’s manager Anthony Rainbow hailed the composure of his side after they saw off the challenge of neighbours Thomas Davis in a tentative Dublin Senior Football Championship decider at Parnell Park on Sunday.

This victory represented a fourth county title at the top grade for ‘Boden – their first since 2015- and sets them up for a clash with Newtown Blues from Louth in the Leinster Championship in Drogheda this coming Sunday.

Ryan Basquel (0-6) and Ross McGarry (0-4) were the scorers-in-chief for the southside giants on Sunday last and Rainbow reserved special praise for the attacking duo.

“When you’re playing Thomas Davis, you always know what you’re going to get. They’ve a great set-up at the back. We just needed to stick to the process.

We talked about the process and the game plan, and try not to veer away from that as much as possible. I think we did that as good as we could in that 60 and I think it paid dividends for us,” the Kildare native explained.

“I think it’s the first game all year where we haven’t scored a goal, but again it’s great to win it. We’ll look forward to next Sunday and the Leinster Championship [against Louth’s Newtown Blues].

“If you look at Ross’ first half performance, he kicked one point. He came about in the second half and he kicked three from play. Ryan Basquel was incredible, as he always is. He’s been a fantastic captain. He’d merit any county team in the country.”

Conquerors of previous champions Kilmacud Crokes at the semi-final stage, Thomas Davis were seeking to end a 28-year drought in this competition. However, ‘Boden had impressed in a comeback victory over neighbours St Jude’s in the last-four and stormed into this contest with a host of unanswered points.

Ryan Basquel converted a brace of frees in the first-quarter, while his brother Colm and Declan O’Mahony (who partnered Dublin senior star Michael Darragh Macauley in midfield) also found the target.

Ryan Deegan eventually opened the Davis’ account on 19 minutes and David Keogh superbly split the posts off the outside of his right boot to offer the Tallaght men additional hope.

Nonetheless, points courtesy of Ryan Basquel (two) and McGarry ensured ‘Boden brought a commanding 0-7 to 0-2 lead into the interval.

Though Davis’ had surpassed expectations in reaching this decider, they were ready to fight until the bitter end in Donnycarney. An Eoin Kirby free got them up and running on the resumption and former Clare footballer Shane McGrath cut the gap to three points with an outstanding effort on the wing.

Keogh traded scores with opposite number McGarry to keep the Kiltipper side in contention, until ‘Boden created fresh daylight between the teams. McGarry bagged his third of the game off a prolonged move – preceding a second point for the industrious Colm Basquel.

Kirby was doing his best to stem the rising ‘Boden tide, slotting over a series of frees for last year’s Senior Two champions. Yet, additional contributions from Ryan Basquel (two), McGarry, Colm Basquel and Alan Flood ultimately sealed a deserved triumph for Ballyboden St Enda’s.

BALLYBODEN ST ENDA’S: D Gogan; B Dwan, S Clayton, C Flaherty; D Nelson, R McDaid, A Waters; MD Macauley, D O’Mahony; S Gibbons, C Basquel, D O’Reilly; R McGarry, R Basquel, W Egan. Subs: A Flood for Gibbons (h-t), K Kennedy for McDaid (40-46), T Hayes for Egan (48), B Bobbett for Macauley (51), Kennedy for Dwan, J Holland for Nelson (both 57), C Keaney for O’Reilly (59).

THOMAS DAVIS: R Crilly; A Shorten, P Quinn, Brian Kirby; A Fallon, C Murphy, S Kennedy; Brendan Kirby, O Kelly; S McGrath, E Kirby, E Lambert; R Deegan, C Farrelly, D Keogh. Subs: E O’Toole for Kelly (8), S Reilly for Lambert (h-t), Lambert for McGrath, M Nolan for B Kirby (both 55).

Referee: J Higgins (Na Fianna).

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Trinity College Sports Ambassador Launch: Hugo MacNeill – The Irish Examiner – November 6 2019

Hugo MacNeill reveals why he felt it all unravelled for Ireland at Rugby World Cup

By Daire Walsh

Former international star Hugo MacNeill feels the lack of an established centre partnership denied Joe Schmidt the chance to develop a coherent attacking game for Ireland’s ill-fated World Cup campaign.

MacNeill believes injury and suspension made it difficult for Schmidt to select a consistent midfield pairing leading to an over-reliance on the ‘pick and drive’ formula.

“It has been very hard to develop a coherent back game. After Brian O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy retired you had Jared Payne and Robbie Henshaw but they got injured at different times. Garry Ringrose comes in, Bundee Aki, Chris Farrell and as a result Joe wasn’t able to form a platform for a back game.

“We did an amazing job winning the Grand Slam and you’ve got to move on in a sense. People figured out our game after that. They figured out ‘stop Ireland at source, stop them on the gain line. Stop [CJ] Stander, stop [James] Ryan, stop Peter O’Mahony and they don’t have a backline game’. I’m sure Joe wanted to play a more expansive game, but he was just never able to put out the same team.”

Nevertheless — noting the South African display in the World Cup final as the ideal template — the former full-back hopes to see greater variation in Ireland’s play under new coach, Andy Farrell.

“If you don’t have a game that involves incredible forward play, a coherent backline, sound defence, it’s very hard to see how you’re going to win. South Africa, despite all their problems over the last couple of years, got to a stage where they had all of that.

“As always they had a monster pack and terrrific defence but they showed they had that ability at times to actually run the ball and score tries.

“Our barometer has to be to become genuine World Cup contenders. That’s got to be the ambition.”

MacNeill yesterday unveiled as a Trinity College sport brand ambassador. As a TCD student, he was one of three players to boycott Ireland’s 1981 Tour of South Africa (under an apartheid regime at the time) on conscientious grounds.

Fast forward 38 years and MacNeill is thrilled that it has gotten to a point where a black player — Siya Kolisi — was the captain for the Springboks’ latest World Cup triumph.

“If someone had said to me when I was in Trinity — and decided not to go to South Africa — that you’d see a black captain of the Springboks winning the World Cup, I’d have thought there was no chance.”

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Dublin U15 ‘C’ Hurling Championship Final: St Sylvester’s V Good Counsel/Liffey Gaels – The Evening Herald – November 5 2019

SYL-VER SERVICE IN FINAL FLOURISH

Late blitz sparked from the eye of the Tighe-r gets Malahide side over line in tension-filled U15 ‘C’ decider

DUBLIN U15 ‘C’ HC FINAL

ST SYLVESTER’S 1-13

GOOD COUNSEL/LIFFEY GAELS 1-7

Daire Walsh

ST SYLVESTER’S produced a late scoring blitz at the National Games Development Centre in Abbotstown on Sunday to claim the Dublin U15 ‘C’ Hurling Championship crown at the expense of Good Counsel/Liffey Gaels.

With just a minute of normal time remaining, Syls trailed their southside rivals by a single point (1-7 to 0-9) and were facing the prospect of an agonising defeat. However, corner-forward Corey Tighe turned the game on its head with a cool finish to the net on the hour mark.

Buoyed by this three-pointer, Piece Donohue, Cian Whitney (two) and Christian McDonnell subsequently found the target to propel Syls over the line in fine style. Counsel/Gaels had booked their spot in this decider with a clinical semi-final success over Round Tower Clondalkin at Moyle Park on September 29.

Elsewhere on the same day, Syls overcame the challenge of St Catherine’s to seal their own place in the ‘C’ showpiece. Colm de Burca’s charges had played all three of their games en route to this stage on home soil – Bridgefield – and this presented them with a potential mental obstacle.

Despite some anxious moments in their defence, they eventually broke the deadlock through Whitney’s sixth-minute free. Counsel/Gaels immediately responded at the opposite end through Conor Dunphy and the midfielder also cancelled out a second score for Whitney to keep the sides on level terms.

There had been little to separate the two outfits during the early exchanges, but Counsel/Gaels subsequently found their top gear either side of the third-quarter mark. Richard Delaney added a brace of points and while his goal-bound strike was turned away by Cillian de Burca on 18 minutes, captain Matt Dwyer was on hand to sweep home from close-range.

A Shane Kirby point created additional daylight, before Syls finally fired back in timely fashion. The influential Donohue split the posts on the right-wing to halt a lengthy scoring drought for the northsiders.

Full-forward Ryan O’Farrell had a couple of opportunities to raise a green flag, though he couldn’t quite match his undoubted industry with accuracy. Nevertheless, a Whitney free ensured Syls were just four points in arrears heading into the interval (1-5 to 0-4).

They were starting to get a grip around the middle-third and, within nine minutes of the resumption, parity had once again been restored to a tense contest. Whitney and Donohue had been two of Syls’ leading lights during the opening period, linking up to telling effect in attack.

They split the uprights either side of a McDonnell single and when Counsel/Gaels defender Colin Byrne halted the march of Syls substitute Josh Moore, Whitney made no mistake off a tricky placed-ball effort. This left the tie delicately poised and though the momentum appeared to be with Sylvester’s, their resilient counterparts had a good deal left in reserve.

Whitney was presented with a chance to edge his side into the ascendancy on the stroke of 45 minutes, but his latest free drifted wide of the mark. Delaney continued to offer a considerable threat for Counsel/Gaels and he had a host of shots brilliantly turned away by the dogged de Burca.

While Donohue ultimately pounced for an excellent point under pressure, Counsel/Gaels made their own bid for supremacy in the closing moments. When a Zach Yates free was batted away in the 58th-minute, the elusive Dunphy slotted over his third point of the tie.

Delaney then superbly posted a free at a tight left-hand angle, throwing down the gauntlet to Syls in the process. Yet, their response to this mini set-back was emphatic.

A Whitney free dropped short at the end of normal time and Tighe was in the right place (at the right time) to pull home beyond the reach of Niall Kelly. This was a hammer blow for Counsel/Gaels and with the attacking triumvirate of Whitney, Donohue and McDonnell stepped up to the plate once again, Sylvester’s emerged victorious.

MATCH FILE

Scorers – St Sylvester’s: C Whitney 0-7 (5f), P Donohue 0-4, C Tighe 1-0, C McDonnell 0-2. Good Counsel/Liffey Gaels: R Delaney (3f), C Dunphy 0-3 each, M Dwyer 1-0, S Kirby 0-1.

ST SYLVESTER’S: C de Burca; D Crampton, R Brady, H Dever; D Canavan, M Hughes, O Flannery; F Elnemmawi, N Elnemmawi; J Wogan, P Donohue, C McDonnell; C Tighe, R O’Farrell, C Whitney.

Subs: J Moore for Dever (23), W Rooney for Crampton (57).

GOOD COUNSEL/LIFFEY GAELS: N Kelly; H Llorente, F Corry, C Hickey; L Waterhouse, C Byrne, O Rooney; C Forrester, C Dunphy; J Nolan, E Bragazzi, S Kirby; R Delaney, M Dwyer, Z Yates.

Subs: O Norton for Kirby (35), M Coleman for Hickey (39), A O’Connor for Bragazzi (57).

MENTORS – St Sylvester’s: Colm de Burca, Ray Flannery, Marc Whitney, Dan McDonald. Good Counsel/Liffey Gaels: Anto Dunphy, Colm Kelly, Dave Seery.

Referee: Rory Hanley (St Brigid’s).

WIDES – St Sylvester’s: 9 (6+3). Good Counsel/Liffey Gaels: 6 (2+4).

CONDITIONS: Dry throughout with a slight breeze.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Pierce Donohue (St Sylvester’s).

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Dublin Senior Football Championship Final: Ballyboden St Enda’s V Thomas Davis – The Tallaght Echo (Online) – November 3 2019

Ballyboden topple Thomas Davis in county final

By Daire Walsh

Ballyboden St Enda’s claimed their fourth Dublin Senior Football Championship title with a convincing victory over southside rivals Thomas Davis at Parnell Park on Sunday.

Inside forwards Ryan Basquel and Ross McGarry were the standout performers for Boden in their latest county success – their first since 2015 – amassing a combined tally of 0-10.

Conquerors of previous champions Kilmacud Crokes at the semi-final stage, Thomas Davis were seeking to end a 28-year drought in this competition.

However, Boden had impressed in a comeback victory over neighbours St Jude’s in the last-four and stormed into this contest with a host of unanswered points.

Ryan Basquel converted a brace of frees in the first-quarter, while his brother Colm and Declan O’Mahony also found the target for Anthony Rainbow’s rampant outfit.

Ryan Deegan eventually opened the Davis’ account on 19 minutes and David Keogh superbly split the posts off the outside of his right boot to offer the Tallaght men additional hope.

Nonetheless, Ryan Basquel (two) and Ross McGarry ensured Boden brought a commanding 0-7 to 0-2 lead into the interval.

Though Davis’ had surpassed expectations in reaching this decider, they were ready to fight until the bitter end in Donnycarney.

An Eoin Kirby free got them up and running on the resumption and former Clare footballer Shane McGrath cut the gap to three points with an outstanding effort on the wing.

Keogh traded scores with opposite number Ross McGarry to keep the Kiltipper side in contention, until Boden created fresh daylight between the teams.

McGarry bagged his third of the game off a prolonged move – preceding a second point for the industrious Colm Basquel.

Kirby was doing his best to stem the rising Boden tide, slotting over a series of frees for last year’s Senior Two champions.

Yet, additional contributions from Ryan Basquel (two), McGarry, Colm Basquel and substitute Alan Flood ultimately sealed a deserved triumph for Ballyboden St Enda’s.

Scorers –

Ballyboden St Enda’s: R Basquel 0-6 (3f), R McGarry 0-4, C Basquel 0-3 (2f), D O’Mahony, A Flood 0-1 each.

Thomas Davis: E Kirby 0-4 (4f), D Keogh 0-2, R Deegan (f), S McGrath, E O’Toole 0-1 each.

BALLYBODEN ST ENDA’S: D Gogan; B Dwan, S Clayton, C Flaherty; D Nelson, R McDaid, A Waters; MD Macauley, D O’Mahony; S Gibbons, C Basquel, D O’Reilly; R McGarry, R Basquel, W Egan. Subs: A Flood for Gibbons (h-t), K Kennedy for McDaid (40-46), T Hayes for Egan (48), B Bobbett for Macauley (51), Kennedy for Dwan, J Holland for Nelson (both 57), C Keaney for O’Reilly (59).

THOMAS DAVIS: R Crilly; A Shorten, P Quinn, Brian Kirby; A Fallon, C Murphy, S Kennedy; Brendan Kirby, O Kelly; S McGrath, E Kirby, E Lambert; R Deegan, C Farrelly, D Keogh. Subs: E O’Toole for Kelly (8), S Reilly for Lambert (h-t), Lambert for McGrath, M Nolan for B Kirby (both 55).

Referee: J Higgins (Na Fianna).

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All-Ireland League Division 1A: UCD V Young Munster – Irishrugby.ie – November 2 2019

UCD 9 YOUNG MUNSTER 9, Belfield Bowl
Scorers: UCD: Pens: David Moran 3
Young Munster: Pens: Evan Cusack 3
HT: UCD 3 Young Munster 9

UCD and Young Munster could not be separated at a blustery Belfield Bowl as they played out a scrappy nine-all draw.

The boots of David Moran and Evan Cusack dominated proceedings with the young out-halves contributing three penalty goals each. The result keeps the students in the top four after the league’s opening four rounds.

It was an attritional contest with heavy rain teeming down throughout. Young Munster winger Luke Fitzgerald almost got on the end of a early grubber kick on the right flank, but it drifted beyond the end line.

Leinster’s Tommy O’Brien was part of a UCD back-three that stood firm despite the Cookies’ stranglehold on possession. Full-back Luke Maloney denied Munsters’ Evan O’Gorman a try when he won a foot race back to his own line, although an intense bout of pressure on the home defence saw them lose number 8 Stephen McVeigh to a 25th-minute sin-binning.

Cusack took on the straightforward penalty and gave the Limerick men a deserved lead. Much like Rugby World Cup winners South Africa, Munsters used their set piece dominance as a springboard towards success. Cusack split the posts for a 6-0 scoreline after another excellent scrum.

His reliable right boot delivered another three points, five minutes before half-time, but to UCD’s credit, they hit back in timely fashion. While they could not manufacture a try from a multi-phase move, a Moran penalty cut the gap to 9-3 at the break.

O’Brien’s influence on the left wing was beginning to increase and Andy Marks and Colm Mulcahy were linking up to good effect in midfield. The UCD forwards also stepped up by winning a turnover penalty in the 50th minute, allowing Moran to make it a three-point game.

The UCD number 10 brought them level on the hour mark, landing a very tricky strike from near the right touchline. All the momentum appeared to be with the home side, but a resilient Young Munster backed their scrum, defending close to their own line, and a hard-earned turnover saw them avert the danger.

The Kevin Croke-coached students had one final shot at the win from a last-gasp penalty on the halfway line. However, Moran’s long-range effort fell short and both sides had to be content with a share of the spoils. It ends the Cookies’ winless start to the season but they remain second from bottom in the table.

UCD: Luke Maloney; Jack Ringrose, Andy Marks, Colm Mulcahy, Tommy O’Brien; David Moran, Harry Donnelly; Emmet Burns, Sean McNulty, Evin Coyle, Cian Prendergast, Charlie Ryan, Jonny Guy (capt), Alex Penny, Stephen McVeigh.

Replacements: Richie Bergin, Rory Mulvihill, Lorcan Feighery, Patrick Patterson, Gavin Mullin.

YOUNG MUNSTER: Alan Tynan; Luke Fitzgerald, Harry Fleming, Evan O’Gorman, Keelan Stephenson; Evan Cusack, Charlie O’Doherty; Josh Wycherley, Mark O’Mara, Conor Bartley, Alan Kennedy (capt), John Foley, Jordan Stewart, Conor Mitchell, Gavin Coombes.

Replacements: Michael Doran, Paul Allen, Fintan Coleman, Craig O’Hanlon, Jack Lyons.

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