An injury time try from UCD lock Shane Grannell, coolly converted by out-half James Thornton, snatched the Leinster Senior League Cup for College for the first time since 1977 at Donnybrook…

St. Mary’s held the upper hand for all but the final quarter as their fullback Gavin Dunne kicked them into a 6-3 lead at the interval.

On resumption, St Mary’s kicked on into a 20-9 advantage from tries from wing Paul Gillespie and replacement Mark Donnellan, both converted by Dunne.

They looked decisive. But a flying finish from wing Tom Fletcher and Thornton’s accuracy from placed balls put College within a converted try of the lead.

Lock Grannell’s drive to the line enabled Thornton to kick the winning points.

UCD : M Twomey; J Conroy, A Cummiskey CAPTAIN, D McSharry, T Fletcher; J Thornton, S O’Meara; JA Lee, D Doyle, L Hyland, B Cawley, S Grannell, D Kenny, R Bent, K Croke

REPLACEMENTS: K Moloney for Hyland (31 mins); K McKenna for Bent (38 mins); R Shanley for O’Meara (50 mins); M Cawley for Kenny (70 mins)

ST. MARY’S COLLEGE: Philip Brophy, Ronan Doherty, Stephen Grissing, Mark Sexton, Paul Gillespie, Gavin Dunne, Dave Campbell; Robert Sweeney, David Kilbride, Colm McMahon, Gareth Logan, Steve Bradshaw, Damien Hall, Paul Nash CAPTAIN, Hugh Hogan

REPLACEMENTS: Kevin Carroll, Tommy Meredith, Mark Donnellan,Gareth Austin, Matt Darcy, Craig Morrin, Ray Crotty

REFEREE: Brian Montayne (Leinster Rugby Referees)

Article courtesy UCD RFC