Earls earns UCD bragging rights
UCD 31, DUBLIN UNIVERSITY 9
AFTER a slow start, UCD eventually overcame the spirited challenge of Division 2 side Trinity to secure their 35th Colours triumph in the 60th annual meeting between the two colleges at Donnybrook Stadium last night.
The sides were level at the break -- nine points apiece -- through penalties from Trinity out-half David Joyce and UCD No 10 Niall Earls.
UCD made the brighter start after the resumption as scrum-half Rob Shanley showed great initiative to break through a number of challenges before touching down left of the posts.
Earls missed the conversion, but made amends by slotting a fourth penalty shortly after.
UcD took control and further tries from right-wing Sam Coghlan Murray (73 mins) and Alex Kelly (84) eased them over the line.
UCD -- M Twomey; S Coghlan-Murray, A Cummiskey, D Lynch (A Kelly 40), T Fletcher; N Earls (J Thornton 51-56 & 62), R Shanley (P du Toit 67); K Moloney, N Foley (D Doyle h-t, Hall 72), B Hall (J Tracey h-t), B Cawley ( A O'Connor 67), K McKenna, D Kenny (R Bent 32), M McGroarty, S Grannell. Hall for Doyle (72).
DUBLIN UNIVERSITY -- J O'Donoghue; N Hanratty (A Robles 56), C Wade, P Lavelle (R Cruess-Callaghan 76), N Adeolukan; D Joyce, M McLoughlin (Glynn 62); I Hirst, W Larkin (T O'Mahony 33-46), P McFeely, C MacDonnell, J Kelly (J Mackey 51), C Goode (B O'Connell 49-62), D Gallagher, J Dilger (B Glynn 46-49).
REF -- B MacNiece (LRB)