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Wednesday 17 January 2018

Jarvis penalty sees Garryowen home

Garryowen 20 Young Munster 14 AIL Division 1a

With the points of no major value to either side, bragging rights proved the major motivating factor at Dooradoyle. The game was delayed as it had to be moved from the grass to the AstroTurf surface – the first occasion it has been used for an AIL game.

Garryowen held out for a deserved win as Young Munster plunged to their fifth defeat in a row. The losers made a splendid start when their pack set up a rolling maul and hooker Ger Slattery got in for a try that Derry O'Connor converted.

That was after only six minutes, but the home side hit back with a try.

It followed a period of constant pressure and Eamonn Connolly touched down and Matt Jarvis tied it up with the conversion.

Slattery was sin-binned after 20 minutes and, for the first time, Garryowen hit the front with a penalty by Jarvis and they never lost the lead. They had a second try before the interval, this time by Dave Sherry, which Jarvis again converted to leave it 17-7 at the interval.

A superb try by Shane O'Leary, converted by O'Connor, raised Young Munster hopes, but Jarvis kicked a second penalty to ensure the win for Garryowen.

Irish Independent

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