Click here for photos of Clontarf's four-try win over their Dublin rivals UCD at Castle Avenue.
Picturedabove: Some young fans watch on from the scoreboard perch at CastleAvenue as Clontarf notch their second win in four AIB League games.
Tries from half-backs Fiach O'Loughlin and Peter O'Brien (2), and another from prop and last year's captain Johnny Wickham saw 'Tarf move up to seventh in the table. UCD, on the other hand, are second-from-bottom after slipping to their third defeat.
Clontarf's inside centre Niall McNamara tries to muscle his way through the UCD defence. McNamara, who was partnered by regular full-back Darragh O'Shea inthe 'Tarf midfield, with Marc Hewitt unavailable, was a tower ofstrength throughout and helped to set up two of the north Dubliners'four tries.
UCD flanker Kevin Croke claims a lineout under pressure from Clontarf duo Martin Garvey and Alan Trenier. Croke captained UCD last season and was part of the Irish squad for last March's AIB Club International against Scotland.
Clontarf's Max Rantz-McDonald tries to slip past the challenge of UCD winger David Nyhan, who captained 'College's Under-20s throughout last season.
Clontarf scrum half Fiach O'Loughlin, who is captain of the Castle Avenue outfit despite this being only his second year at the club,gets over for a first half try. O'Loughlin could pick up his secondwinners' medal with 'Tarf on Sunday when they attempt to retain theLeddin Finance Leinster Senior Cup against Old Belvedere (Donnybrook,kick-off 2.30pm).
Johnny Wickham, one of 'Tarf's try scorers on the day steps out of the way of a tackle from UCD's Louis Burke. Wickham,23, is currently on a Development contract with Leinster and played inthe 58-9 win for Leinster 'A' over the Sale Jets last Monday at EdgeleyPark - it was his tenth cap for Leinster's 'A' team.
Clontarf's Alan Trenier is felled by UCD's young out-half Ian Keatley, whois a member of the Leinster Academy. He made his first appearance forLeinster 'A' this week in their heavy defeat of the Sale Jets.
Irish international hooker Bernard Jackman fendsoff Keatley with a hand-off at Castle Avenue. The 30-year-old Jackmanalso lined out for Leinster 'A' against the Sale Jets - during hisspell in England, he made 12 apperances for the Sale Sharks, with whomhe won a European Shield medal in 2002.
Clontarf centre Darragh O'Shea has his progress halted by UCD midfielder Fergus McFadden. O'Sheakicked two conversions and a penalty in 'Tarf's 27-6 win to take hisscoring tally for the league campaign to 21 points in four games.
Lock Martin Garvey, the former Dublin University player, gets a faceful of fingers as he leads a 'Tarf attack.
**All photos by Dan Sheridan of Inpho Photography**
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