Doyle leads Young Munster to derby romp
YOUNG MUNSTER 36
Young Munster made the perfect start to the new season when they dished out a heavy defeat on their great local rivals at Thomond Park.
A powerful second-half display helped them to a bonus-point success, with the excellent Mark Doyle scoring two tries.
Munster prop Marcus Horan started for Shannon but had to retire midway in the first half -- a worry for provincial coach Rob Penney.
Brian Haugh put Young Munster in front with a penalty and former Shannon out-half Garreth Quinn-McDonagh added a drop-goal. Ben Sergeant replied with a penalty but the game swung three minutes before half-time when Doyle sailed over.
It was all Young Munster in the second half. Haugh landed a penalty, and a delightful grubber kick by Lucas Kunz sent Don Lespierre over. Further tries followed by Ger Flaherty from a maul and Doyle again.
Shannon -- R Mullane; C O'Neill, B Smith, W O'Connor, M Darcy; B Sergeant, R Guerin (D Turner 50); M Horan (K Griffin 26), D Casey, K Griffin; J Sheeran, D Heffernan; J Moloney, J Shine, M Essex.
Young Munster -- C O'Hanlon; D Lespierre, M Doyle, L Kunz, D O'Neill; G Quinn-McDonagh, B Haugh; G Flaherty, G Slattery, D Cantillon; S Duggan, D Gallagher; C Liston (G Bourke 63), L Russell (P Fitzgerald 70), N Melbourne.
Ref -- G Clancy (IRFU)