Cillian Hynes’s double gave Dublin University their first win of the men’s Leinster Division One campaign, eventually beating a youthful Kilkenny 3-2, moving them up a couple of notches in the table.
Rory Nichols’ corner opened the scoring before Ben Wallace tied the game for the first time. Hynes restored the students lead only for Eddie Dore to make it 2-2 but Hynes grabbed another to give the Santry Avenue side the points.
For Nichols, he said it was an important result to get on the board as Trinity look to blend ahead of the intervarsities next week.
“First win of the season which was important to get that out of our system,” he told Declan Hughes. “We are probably quite far away from the level we want to be at and we need to pick it up if we want to get into the top three and we have to be in that.
“We have seven new players in the squad so we are still gelling, learning how each other plays and out style. With Nasir [Munir], we play something quite different from a lot of teams in Ireland so we have been coming along and hopefully varsities, with four games in three days, will bring us along.”
Trinity’s men are hoping to emulate the performance of the university’s women who put together a squad capable of moving on to the top level, earning promotion from the Leinster league last season.
“The women are our kind of blueprint. We play a different style but that’s what we want. They have got together a committed squad of 16 or 18 players two years now. That’s what we have tried to do and have guys in their second and third years who are becoming leaders and hopefully we can get that whole squad atmosphere.”
From the Kilkenny side, new coach Rob Morris reflected on a close-run defeat for his developing side featuring many of the side that reached the Leinster Under-16 club league final last term.
“We are fielding definitely the youngest average age of team in the league with seven schoolboys out there today, only one of which is a sixth year. To be out here, competing with these teams, putting it up to them shows our potential and we will definitely grow into it and you will start to see the best of us soon.
“Even over the last few games, we have seen it. The step up from schools to men’s, the lads are coming from matches against 15-year-olds and so they are making that step up really well.
“We never gave up; we never do give up; it’s not in our nature as a club. We are always competing and now the next step is turning into points.”
Elsewhere, Corinthian maintain their 100% record in the league with a 3-0 win over Weston. Ian Stewart opened the scoring from a well finished short corner. he soon got his second, doubling Corinthian’s lead, with a tidy finish into the bottom corner.
The reds enjoyed large spells of possession in the second half but Weston had the early chances with a couple of short corners that were well defended. Andrew Sutton made sure of the three points by getting on the score sheet with 10 minutes to go.
UCD picked up the big win of the weekend, beating YMCA 4-3 in spite of a hat-trick from former collidge player Ben Campbell, Andrew Tutty’s double and one each from Andy Keane and John Guilfoyle doing the damage. Dublin North and Rathgar shared the spoils from their tie.
Just one game is on the agenda next Saturday with Clontarf hosting Avoca, a back match after their postponement last weekend to focus on the Irish Senior Cup.
Leinster Division One: UCD 4 (A Tutty 2, A Keane, J Guilfoyle) YMCA 3 (B Campbell 3); Dublin North 2 (S Kieran, L Metcalf) Rathgar 2 (S Malcolm, D Stead); Dublin University 3 (C Hynes 2, R Nichols) Kilkenny 2 (B Wallace, E Dore); Corinthian 3 (I Stewart 2, A Sutton) Weston 0