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Gavin puts Shannon to sword

Garryowen 12
Shannon 6

Published 10/11/2012 | 05:00

Garryowen edged past a rejuvenated Shannon at Dooradoyle in a game that did not live up to expectations.

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Garryowen will be relieved to maintain their great start to the campaign, while Shannon picked up their first point of the season, albeit a losing bonus one.

Out-half Jamie Gavin landed Garryowen's first penalty in the eighth minute, but it was all square after 27 minutes when Rob Guerin was on target for Shannon.

After a poor first half, a big improvement was expected after the break, but it was a battle of the kickers throughout.

Gavin kicked four penalties for Garryowen, his last strike coming 11 minutes from time. That left it 12-6 after Guerin had landed his second Shannon penalty.

Shannon needed a try to snatch victory, but they couldn't find one.

Garryowen -- R O'Mahony; J McInerney, C O'Shea, C Doyle, E Connolly; J Gavin, N Cronin; R Brosnan, J Rael, JP Cooney; A Kennedy, A McCloskey; S Buckley, A Kavanagh, D Sherry. Reps: D Rowley, B Cullinane, M Hanrahan, C hartigan, G Ryan.

Shannon -- L O'Dea; R Mullane, E Moloney, E O'Connor, C O'Donnell; R Guerin, M Darcy; N Horan, D Casey, G McNamara; F Walshe, S McCarthy; J Murphy, J Shine, M Essex. Reps: J Cronin, K Griffin, J Gleeson, M Culhane, M Leonard.

Ref -- P Haycock (IRFU).

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