Trinners are the winners over UCD

by Aaron Dunne
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Dublin Uni 28

UCD 23

Tony Smeeth’s Dublin University side found themselves staring into a five-point deficit heading towards the end of normal time.

However, a Conor Booth try brought Trinity back on level terms and with full-back Harry Colbert amassing 10 consecutive points during extra-time, they gained the upper hand over their arch rivals.

UCD did fire back late on in the additional periods with a fine finish from replacement Oisin Spain, but they ultimately fell short as Trinity were left to celebrate a famous Fraser McMullen Cup three-in-a-row.

As has been the case in previous years, this showpiece decider was stacked with some of the country’s finest prospects. UCD’s matchday squad featured no fewer than five of Ireland’s U-20 Grand Slam-winning squad.

16 April 2022; Dylan O’Grady of UCD makes a break during the Frazer McMullen all Ireland club U20 Rugby final match between UCD and Trinity at Lakelands Park, Terenure in Dublin. Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

James Culhane, Conor O’Tighearnaigh, Fionn Gibbons and Dylan O’Grady were all included in the starting line-up, while Mark Morrissey, who was ever-present during the U-20 Six Nations campaign, was on the bench.

Trinity also possessed some serious star quality with Max Dunne, a younger brother of current Leinster lock Jack, lining out alongside Stephen Woods in the second row.

Centre and captain Louis McDonough and scrum half Cormac King have featured for the club’s senior team in the Energia All-Ireland League this season. Ulster Academy forward Harry Sheridan was held in reserve.

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UCD led 15-10 at half-time,  and a UCD triumph appeared to be on the cards when Moloney increased his own haul with another place-kick effort. Trinity had other ideas, though, and they fought back to win in extra-time ahead of next week’s All-Ireland U-20 McCorry Cup final against Old Belvedere.

Trinity captain Louis McDonough (centre), lifts the cup with his team-mates after the Frazer McMullen all Ireland club U-20 rugby final at Lakelands Park

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