Leinster Senior Cup – St Mary’s College RFC 29 UCD 35
The long wait for a return to competitive rugby ended on Saturday at Templeville Road where the St. Mary’s College RFC 1st XV hosted UCD in the Leinster Senior Cup.
Unfortunately due to the Covid restrictions currently in place, the game was played without any spectators. Thankfully the game was streamed on the day, which turned out to be an enjoyable game to watch.
The home side that opened the scoring in the 3rd minute and went into a 7-0 lead through Matthew Oppermann, converted by Michael O’Gara. After the 5th minute UCD scrum-half Tom Foley went in under the posts converted by James Tarrant to make it 7-7. The home side were awarded a penalty soon after for a UCD offside. Michael O’Gara was successful with the kick to put St Mary’s ahead 10-7. A UCD try followed by Ross Deegan, converted by James Tarrant to put UCD ahead 10-14. UCD’s Jonny Guy scored on 34th minutes which was converted by James Tarrant (10-21). In the last play of the half St Mary’s scored a try by Podge Dundon. This left the half-time score at St Mary’s College 15 UCD 21.
St Mary’s started the 2nd half stronger. Sustained pressure in the UCD 22 on the 49th minute saw UCD’s James Tarrant shown a yellow card for deliberately knocking the ball on when St Mary's were threatening the UCD line. St Marys were awarded a penalty try which nudged us into a 22-21 lead. In the 53rd minute UCD full-back David Ryan got a try which he also converted to put UCD back in front (22-28). As bodies began tiring in the warm conditions, UCD sub scrum half Richie Fahy extended the UCD lead in the 72nd minute, converted by James Tarrant (22-35). A late rally from the home team brought a well-deserved try by Oppermann (2nd try on the day) which Shields converted (29-35). Despite a late surge by the home that is the way the score finished.
St. Mary’s College RFC:
15 Mark Fogarty; 14 Hugo Conway; 13 Matt Timmons; 12 Michael O’Gara; 11 Matthew Oppermann; 10 Ruairi Shields; 9 Adam McEvoy; 8 Ronan Watters; 7 Sean Heeran; 6 David Aspil; 5 Liam Corcoran; 4 Hugo Diepman; 3 Podge Dundon; 2 Richie Halpin (Capt); 1 Niall McEniff.
Subs: - 16 Stephen O’Brien; 17 Conor McElearney; 18 Nick McCarthy; 19 Niall Hurley; 20 David Fanagan; 21 Myles Carey; 22 Matthew Talbot.
Scorers: Matthew Oppermann try & Michael O’Gara con - 7. Michael O’Gara pen - 10. Podge Dundon Missed conv - 15. Penalty try - 22. Try Matthew Oppermann & Ruairi Shields con - 29.
15 David Ryan; 14 Josh O’Connor; 13 Andy Marks; 12 Ross Deegan; 11 Jack Ringrose; 10 James Tarrant; 9 Tom Foley; 1 Rob Byrne; 2 Richie Bergin; 3 Emmet Burns; 4 Jonny Guy; 5 Gerry Hill; 6 Dan O’Donovan; 7 Alex Penny; 8 Ronan Foley (Capt).
Subs: - 16 Bobby Sheehan; 17 Rory Mulvihill; 18 John Fairley; 19 Ben Murray; 20 Richie Fahy; 21 David Moran; 22 Jamie Murphy.
Scorers: Tom Foley try & James Tarrant conv – 7. Ross Deegan try & James Tarrant conv – 14. Jonny Guy try & James Tarrant conv – 21. David Ryan try & conv – 28. Richie Fahy try & James Tarrant conv – 35.