Sunday 20 April 2014

Sheerin gets Shannon's great escape under way

Shannon have never been outside the top tier in the league and they launched their comeback in this season's campaign with a deserved win over UL Bohemian at Thomond Park.

They remain bottom, but this first win of the season will be a terrific boost for their remaining 10 games, seven of which will be in Limerick.

UL Bohemian opened the scoring with a try from former Munster and Shannon player Mossie Lawler. He won the race for the touchdown following a grubber kick by out-half JJ Hanrahan after 14 minutes.

Tadhg Bennett had Shannon's first points when he landed a penalty from 30 metres after 23 minutes and he had a second three minutes before the interval after Ian Condell was sin-binned for persistent offside.

Within a minute of the restart UL Bohemian got back in front when Hanrahan landed a penalty.

In the game's best move, Shannon opened up the home side's defence and replacement John Sheerin crossed for a try that Bennett converted.

Hanrahan missed a penalty chance for UL Bohemian and late on Rob Guerin hit another Shannon penalty.

Shannon remain bottom of the table, four points behind last night's losers.

UL Bohemian – B Martin; A Rossiter, M Lawler, N Kenneally, R Whyte; JJ Hanrahan, C Sheridan; T Burke, E Rossiter, G Walsh; E Kelly, D Frawley; C Kindrigen, I Condell, S Rennisson. Replacements: J Sutton, G Lenehan, J O'Donoughue, B Walsh, D Fitzgerald.

Shannon – J Loxton; M Darcy, E Moloney, R Mullane, D Donovan; T Bennett, R Guerin;J Cronin, D Casey, G McNamara; S McCarthy, M Culhane; E McLoughlin, J Murphy, M Essex. Replacements: M Corby, G Brithfield, J Shine, J Sheerin, W O'Connor.

Ref – P Fitzgibbon (IRFU).

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