...Trinity players, management and supporters celebrate Friday's win...
Threesecond half penalties from the boot of out-half Johnny Watt saw Trinitypick up a famous 16-13 win over UCD in Friday's annual Colours match atDonnybrook.
Watt,who was schooled at RBAI, held his kicking nerve to end Trinity's ten-year wait for a Colours win. With that, the bragging rightsin the Hastings' household wentto Trinity centre and captain Brian, who was uniquely in directopposition with his identical twin brother Michael, the UCD number 12.
Tony Smeeth's side put their erratic form in AIB League Division Two behindthem to edge out their rivals who, despite not winning any of theirfirst four game in Division One this term, were the pre-matchfavourites.
UCD centre Fergus McFadden bootedthe holders, who won last year's clash 25-13, in front with an earlypenalty before Trinity worked their lively right winger Shane Monahan infor a try which Watt added the extras to. However, the Belfield mentook a 13-7 advantage into the break when McFadden clipped over hissecond penaty and then waltzed in under the posts, darting onto Ian Keatley's pass, for a timely try which he converted himself.
John McClean's UCD outfit, with their big and experienced pack, lookedodds-on to see out the victory in the second half - especially withLeinster's newly-established scrum half Cillian Willis being sprung from the bench - but Trinity, who had an incredible 11 players making their Colours' debuts, never gave up hope.
With a place-kicker of the quality of Watt, they always stood a chance.The Ulster Under-21 star landed his first penalty right on 60 minutesand two more followed in the final quarter as Trinity secured a famouswin in the 55th edition of the Colours match.
...UCD full-back Ross McCarron is tackled by Trinity's Conor Donohue...
Dublin University: GarethMurphy (Blackrock College); Shane Monahan (St. Oliver's, Drogheda),Brian Hastings (Wesley College) (capt), Conor Donohue (King'sHospital), Killian Stafford (Clongowes Wood); Johnny Watt (RBAI), JoeyBurns (Coleraine AI); Tristan Goodbody (St. Columba's College), MattCrockett (Brynteg CS, Wales), Andrew King (UC Santa Barbara, USA),Shane Mullane (Blackrock College), Max Cantrell (Blackrock College),Ross Condron (High School), Shane Young (King's Hospital), PeterMcFeely (F&L).
Replacements used: GrahamMurphy (F&L) for King (65 mins), Roger Young (King's Hospital) forMullane (67). Not used: George Byron (St. Michael's College), PaulGillespie Sligo Grammar School), Eddie Hamilton (Methody College),Steve Curtin (Colaiste Iognaid, Galway), Mark Cooney (CBC Monkstown).
UCD: Ross McCarron(Gonzaga College); Morgan Hickey-Crowe (Clongowes Wood), FergusMcFadden (Clongowes Wood), Michael Hastings (Wesley College), KillianLett (King's Hospital); Ian Keatley (Belvedere College), Brian O'Neill(Belvedere College); Brian McGovern (St. Mary's College), ConorGeoghegan (St. Michael's College) (capt), Niall Best (St. Michael'sCollege), Arthur Houlihan (Clongowes Wood), Richie Mandeno (St. Peter'sCollege, New Zealand), Kevin Croke (CPC, Kilcullen), Louis Burke (St.Mary's College), Sean O'Brien (Tullow CS, Carlow).
Replacement used: CillianWillis (Blackrock College) for O'Neill (45 mins), Brian Hall(Cistercian College, Roscrea) for Best, Conor McInerney (St. Mary'sCollege) for Houlihan (both 64), Niall Kearns (CBC Monkstown) forMcFadden (68), Michael Fanning (Gonzaga College) for McCarron (75),Alex Franciosi (Blackrock College) for Croke (78). Not used: GavinTelford (King's Hospital).
Referee: Kevin Beggs (Leinster)