GARRYOWEN set up a glamour Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Cup tie away to holders Cork Constitution after scoring a deserved 22-12 first round win over Shannon at Coonagh on Saturday.
A second half try from Andrew O’Byrne proved crucial in the ‘light blues’ win over their great rivals after the sides had been level 12-12 at half-time.
Garryowen have lost their two Munster Senior Cup meetings with Cork Con, both finals, in 2014 and 2015, in heartbreaking fashion.
Tadgh Bennett kicked Marcus Horan’s Shannon into an early 6-0 lead over Garryowen in Coonagh on Saturday. However, tries from Josh Hrstich and Kieran Bennett and a Neil Cronin conversion had the visitors 12-6 ahead.
To their credit, AIL 1B side Shannon hit back before the break, with two further penalties from Bennett drawing the side level at half time.
Following the resumption, a further Cronin penalty and his conversion of an Andrew O’Byrne try saw Garryowen advance to a quarter-final clash with Cork Con at Temple Hill.
Garryowen are the second Limerick club to have reached the last eight of the Munster Senior Cup so far following Old Crescent’s first round victory over Midleton a week earlier.
In the remaining first round games, Thomond will host Young Munster on Friday, November 13, while Bruff will entertain UCC and UL-Bohemian host Cashel on Saturday, November 21.
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