Monday 23 April 2018

Flannery returns in Shannon success

Shannon 16 Garryowen 9

Teenager Gareth Quin McDonagh was the toast of Shannon last night after he scored all their points in a hard-earned win against great local rivals Garryowen at Thomand Park.

Irish international Jerry Flannery played the first half for Shannon at the request of the Munster selectors and he came through unscathed to give Munster a boost ahead of tonight's Heineken Cup opener.

Garryowen led 9-3 at the end of a first half in which Connor Murray landed three penalties compared to one by Quin McDonagh.

Shannon had David Quinlan sin-binned at 20 minutes and Garryowen's Paul Neville was sent to the bin after 39 minutes which afforded Quin McDonagh the chance to open the scoring for his side.

It was 9-9 after the out-half landed a superb 50-metre drop goal in the windy conditions and he then breezed in for the only try which he converted.

Shannon -- M Lawler; L O'Dea, R Mullane, M Kinsella (D O'Donovan, 65), S Kelly; G Quin McDonagh, P Rowley (R Guerin, ht); K O'Neill, J Flannery (D Casey, ht), G McNamara; S Duggan, F Walsh; E McLoughlan (L Mullane, 52), P Butler, D Quinlan.

Garryowen -- L Bourke; I Hanley, C Hircock, K Hartigan (D Cusack, ht), C O'Shea; C Doyle, C Murray; JP Cooney (J Harney, ht), R Meyer, D Lavery (J Rael, 75); F McKenna, A McCloskey; P Neville, C Hartigan (M Melbourne, 60), D Sherry.

Ref -- D Wilkinson

Irish Independent

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