RESILIENT Shannon moved off the bottom of Division 1B of the Ulster Bank league thanks to a dramatic 14-12 victory over local rivals UL-Bohemian at Thomond Park on Friday night.
Two second half tries helped Shannon overcome a 7-0 half-time deficit and as a result hand ‘the Parish’ side and head coach Marcus Horan their first win of the campaign.
After a disappointing opening half an hour, UL-Bohs hit the front on 33 minutes through a fine try from centre Darren Moroney. Robbie Bourke duly converted.
Shannon hit back strongly after the break and drew level in the third quarter when replacement Tadhg Bennett crossed for a well executed try which Shane Airey converted.
The Parish side, which had picked up just two losing bonus points before kick-off, hit the front when flanker James Vaughan crossed for a 66th minute try. Full-back Ronan McKenna converted for 14-7.
UL-Bohs, with one win from their opening four games, produced a grandstand finish in injury time with replacement Craig Miller touching down in the left corner.
However, winger Robbie Bourke was off target with the touchline conversion which, had it gone over, would have given the Red, Red Robins a share of the spoils.