Thursday 22 March 2018

Young Munster fight back

Shannon 20 Young Munster 23

Young Munster came from 20-3 behind at one stage to beat Shannon in a rip-roaring game at Thomond Park last night.

Shannon were outplayed in the scrums and suffered three sin-binnings. Felix Jones made a welcome return to action after a lengthy injury and was tasting his first Limerick derby, while Munster players Johne Murphy and Ian Keatley also started for Young Munster.

The home side led early on through a Tadhg Bennett penalty, but two similar efforts from Willie Staunton put Young Munster in front.

Paddy Butler touched down for Shannon's first try, which Bennett converted and after a break by Luke O'Dea, Richie Mullane added Shannon's second to make it 20-3.

Young Munster were dominating the scrums, which led to a penalty try just on half-time to leave it 20-10.

Two penalties by Staunton narrowed the gap, but Young Munster had to wait until two minutes from the end for their winning try, which was scored by Ger Slattery, Staunton converting.

Shannon -- F Jones; L O'Dea, R Mullane, M Lawler (J Clogan 45), S McNamara; T Bennett, R Guerin; L Hogan, J Deegan, K Griffin; S Keogh, F Walsh; P Butler, J Murphy, D Quinlan.

Young Munster -- R Moloney; J Murphy, A Bourke, I Keatley, M Doyle; W Staunton, M Prendergast; A Cotter, G Slattery, H McGrath (G Flaherty 76); D Gallagher, S O'Neill; L Og Murphy, J O'Neill, N Melbourne.

REF -- O Hodges (MAR).

Irish Independent

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