PROMOTION-CHASING Garryowen finished their Ulster Bank All-Ireland Division 1B programme for 2014 on a high when scoring a 34-17 bonus point victory over local rivals Shannon at Thomond Park this Friday night.
Munster Senior Cup finalists Garryowen regained second place in Division 1B after completing a home and away AIL double over struggling Shannon this season.
Garryowen led 24-5 at half-time, with tries from James Frawley, Neil Cronin and Jamie Gavin. Shannon picked up their performance in the second period with full-back David O’Donovan touching down to add to a first half five-pointer from Munster back-row Paddy Butler.
Garryowen wrapped up the bonus point in the final quarter after the ‘light blues’ were awarded a penalty try. Shannon gained consolation try in the final moments of the game through John Shine.
Shannon have slipped into the relegation zone in 1B as a result of this derby defeat.
Meanwhile, Old Crescent recorded a precious 7-0 win over local rivals Richmond at Richmond Park. Crescent moved to tenth place in the table as a result of their fourth win of the campaign.
An intercept by Gareth Quinn-McDonogh, saw him collect the ball inside his own 22 and run almost the length of the pitch before off-loading to Larry Hanly to score the game’s only try under the posts,
Fourteenth-placed Richmond had to be satisfied with taking a losing bonus point from the fixture.