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Energia All-Ireland League Rewind: Dublin University v UCC

Energia All-Ireland League Launch

Energia All-Ireland League Launch

The first round of a new season can set the tone for the weeks and months to come and both sides had very different endings to their 2018/19 seasons.  Trinity had qualified for the play-offs but lost to eventual winners Cork Constitution while UCC had to navigate a tricky relegation play-off against Old Wesley to maintain their Division1a status.  As the new season kicked off who would claim a positive start to build on for the campaign ahead.

Dublin University v UCC

Energia AIL Div1a Round 1

Saturday 5th October, 2019

UCC marksman James Taylor, who led the scoring charts in Div1a the previous season with 188 points, would help his side a build an early 13 point lead.  The momentum of the game would swing back towards the host as a yellow card allowed Trinity to close the gap at the half-time break to just 3 points.

UCC came out firing in the second half with tries from James Suttor and Matthew Bowen. James Moriarty claimed a try for the hosts to make it a one score game heading into the final few minutes but Bowen scored his second of the afternoon and secured the win for UCC.

Scorers: Dublin University: Tries: Donnacha Mescal, James Moriarty; Cons: Micheal O’Kennedy 2; Pens: Micheal O’Kennedy 2
UCC: Tries: Rob Hedderman, Rory Suttor, Matthew Bowen 2; Cons: James Taylor 2; Pens: James Taylor 2

DUBLIN UNIVERSITY: Luis Faria; Ronan Quinn, James Hickey (capt), James Moriarty, Hugh Twomey; Micheal O’Kennedy, Louis O’Reilly; Bart Vermeulen, Donnacha Mescal, Aziz Naser, Arthur Greene, Joseph McCarthy, Johnny McKeown, Max Kearney, Paddy Nulty.

Replacements: Mark Nicholson, Giuseppe Coyne, Reuben Pim, Tomas Killeen, James Fennelly.

UCC: Rob Hedderman; Murray Linn, Cian Bohane, Peter Sylvester, Matthew Bowen; James Taylor, John Poland; Bryan O’Connor, Fergus Hennessy, Rob Loftus, Cian Barry, Richard Thompson, Aiden Brien, Rory Suttor, Daire Feeney (capt).

Replacements: Tadgh McCarthy, Tom Ormond, Ryan Murphy, Michael Clune, Brian Slater.