Lansdowne took on Trinity last Saturday in the 2nd round of the Leinster League Cup at Wanderers on Merrion road as College Park is still out of action.
As per our game last week there were plenty of fresh faces on the pitch making their debut for Lansdowne. Full Back Alex Kirwan hit the ground running with a try early in the first half after Tom Farrell making his first start of the season and Mark Roche combined well to create space for Kirwan to score in the corner. Debutant Kirwan was joined by hooker Dylan Donnellan, scrum-half Adam Griggs and openside Aaron Coneely who all impressed on their first starts for Lansdowne.
Some more good work from Farrell saw Roche touch down a few minutes later. Trinity hit back with a penalty but a loose kick from Trinity was gobbled up by the Lansdowne back 3 who counter attacked with Kirwan chipping over the defence to make it through for another try. The first half tries kept on coming with Paddy O'Driscoll playing at 10 put away for a lovely try and following some strong driving by the pack Tom Farrell finally got on the score board. Roche's faultless place kicking saw him convert all 5 of Lansdowne's first half tries to leave Lansdowne 35 - 3 ahead at half-time.
Trinity came out in the 2nd half with far more intent and breached the Lansdowne line for 2 tries to leave things at 35 - 15. Lansdowne reacted well and snuffed out any chance of a comeback with a great try from Patrick O'Driscoll, Boland turning over the ball inside the Lansdowne 22 linked well with his back row of Dilger and Boucher who combined to put O'Driscoll away from 40 metres. In the dying minutes Lansdowne added a final try with John "The Bosch" Coleman diving over after some more good work from Boland.
A decent run out for Lansdowne with some much needed improvement from the previous week. The pressure rises again as this week we take on AIL champions Clontarf in Castle Avenue with the winners set to top their Leinster League Group and qualify for the Semi-Finals.
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