- Result: Galwegians U20 24 - Dublin University 33
- Venue: College Green on Sun Nov 4th 2018
- Competition: JP Fanagan U20 League Premier 2
Galwegians U20s put up a superb display on Sunday before being edged out by hosts Trinity College. In a see-saw contest, the lead changed hands no less than six times throughout this highly entertaining game.
The hosts took an early lead with a converted try and this is how it remained at the end of the first quarter. However the young Blues were undaunted, and they levelled matters when they scored their first try when centre Robert Deacy touched down on the right following a flowing backline move. The conversion by scrum half Barry Walshe was good to level the scores.
Minutes later the Blues hit the front when Walshe landed a penalty, however it was short-lived as, in a sign of things to come, Trinity hit back with their second converted try to go back in front 14-10. Cue another response from the young Wegians who regained the lead before half-time when replacement left wing Kevin Smith scored their second try by following up a kick ahead and making the touchdown just before the ball went dead. Walshe again converted giving the Blues a 17-14 half-time lead.
It was more of the same in the second-half when the hosts regained the initiative courtesy of their third try, duly converted to give them a four point advantage. Once again it was a case of anything you can do, so can we as the Blues scored their third try courtesy of AbdulHaq (Terry) Abayoni who stormed his way to the line with the Trinity players hanging off him for an excellently worked try. Yet again Walshe added the extras for a 24-21 lead.
Not to be undone, College hit back with their fourth unconverted try to restore their four point advantage. A tiring Wegians were struggling to keep up, and in the final phase their hosts pulled away and they bagged a decisive fifth try courtesy of a pushover from a dominant scrum, with their conversion denying the Blues what would have been a well-deserved bonus point.
There was much to take from this for the young Wegians side who will now take on their next opponents Old Belvedere at home next Sunday 11th November.