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Top-class Shannon deny Mary's

St Mary's College 16

Shannon 27

Shannon delivered a dynamic second-half performance to claim a hugely encouraging win at Templeville Road.

The teams were level at 10-10 following a tight opening period, but Shannon enjoyed a highly productive spell after the restart with David Quinlan and John O'Connor going over for tries as the Limerick side claimed their fourth victory in a row.

Scorers -- St Mary's College: D Fanning 1 try; G Dunne 3 pens, 1 con. Shannon: F McLoughlin 2 tries; D Quinlan, J O'Connor 1 try each; T Bennett 1 d-g, 2 cons.

St Mary's: G Dunne; R Doherty, S Grissing, M Sexton, D Fanning; S McCarthy, C McPhillips (C Quinn 79); K Carroll, G Hickie (D Kilbride 79), R Sweeney, G Logan (S Bradshaw 55), R Copeland, D Hall, P Nash, H Hogan (capt).

Shannon: D O'Donovan; R Mullane (M O'Driscoll 50), M Lawlor (capt), F McLoughlin, S Kelly; T Bennett (J Colgan 64), F McNamara; L Hogan , M Essex (J Cronin 20), G McNamara (K O'Neill 70), P O'Brien (P Loughnane 75), D Ryan, J O'Connor, E Grace, D Quinlan.

Galwegians 15

Ballynahinch 12

An impressive opening-half display from Galwegians proved just enough for a narrow victory over a tenacious Ballynahinch at Crowley Park.

Galwegians led 15-3 with half-time approaching after winger Tiernan O'Halloran touched down after a well judged grubber kick to the corner form Kieran Campbell.

Ryan Banbry's two drop-goals either side of the break were not enough for Ballynahinch despite a brave fight.

Scorers -- Galwegians: T O'Halloran 1 try, penalty try, D Clarke 1 con, 1 pen. Ballynahinch: R Banbry 3 pens, 2 d-g.

Galwegians: L Bibo; T O'Halloran (R O'Beirn), B Murphy, D Clarke, J Cleary; R Shaughnessy, K Campbell; J Naughton, D Murphy, J Stephens (R Loughney); L Scahill, B McClearn; D Boyd (C Muldoon), I Muldoon, A Conboy (E McKeon).

Ballynahinch: J Cullen; M Scott, N Spence (D Nicholsen) S Morrow, K Corrigan; R Bambry, H McAleese (M Kirkwood); C Stevenson (L Johnson), D McGreggor, P McAllister; J Graham, R Greer; M Graham, J McCall, S Lamb (J Simpson).

Young Munster 13

Dungannon 12

Two superbly taken first-half tries enabled Young Munster stay on top of Division 1B though it was a hard-earned win at Clifford Park.

Young Munster led 10-6 at the interval and their first try on 13 minutes involved five players before Alan Kingsley raced over.

The second try came just on half-time when Kingsley sent Matthew Costelloe over. Two James Shiels penalties put Dungannon in front before Kingsley landed the winning penalty.

Scorers -- Young Munster: A Kinglsey 1 try, pen, M Costelloe, 1 try. Dungannon: J Sheils 4 pens.

Young Munster: R Moloney (C Costelloe 14); A Carroll, M Costelloe, C Casey, D Corcoran; A Kingsley, M Prendergast; G Flaherty, G Slattery, A Cottor; D Payne, S O'Neill; L Og Murphy, S Hassett (J O'Neill 61), N Melbourne.

Dungannon: J McGuckan; C Gilroy, D Parkhall, G Telford, D Simpson (C Gaston 53); J Sheils, J Bloomfield; J Fitzpatrick, R Carleton, G Sinnamon; R Holmes, M Rainey;P Heaney, A Birch, S McKenzie. Referee: A Lewis, IRFU.

Ballymena 19

UCC Cork 10

Sixteen points by out-half David O'Hara helped Ballymena to a comfortable victory and they are probably now out of the division's relegation contest.

Ballymena's forwards dictated the pattern of play and after leading by 13-0 at the halfway stage they went further ahead with another six points before the visitors retaliated with two tries in the final five minutes.

At this stage Ballymena had appeared to ease off and with their dominance they should have won by a greater margin.

Scorers-- Ballymena: D O'Hara 1 try, 1 con, 3 pens, R McBurney 1 d-g. UCC Cork: B Dennehy 1 try, B Derham 1 try

Ballymena: R McBurney; K Moore, P Budina, C Brigl, T Seymour; D O'Hara, G Fisher; J Carson, R Fisher, S Shawe, D O'Kane, B Young, A Kerr, J Hackney, S McKenney.

UCC: S Scanlon; B Derham, B Dennehy, I Dineen, W Walsh; R O'Sullivan, B Slater; G Duffy, W Falvey, J Ryan, M Linehan, P Dunnelan, R Barry, S O'Sullivan, J Ryan

Referee: B McNeice.

Sunday Independent