Scrum action from tonight's meeting of Garryowen and Young Munster in Division 1A of the All-Ireland League at Dooradoyle
RESILIENT Garryowen ended their three-game losing run in Division 1A of the All-Ireland League after edging past great rivals Young Munster 32-26 in a pulsating game at Dooradoyle on Friday night.
Two tries from winger Cian O’Shea and 22 points, including six penalties from the boot of young out-half Ben Healy, helped the ‘Light Blues’ seal a crucial success.
Healy captained Glenstal Abbey to their historic first ever Munster Schools Senior Cup final success on St Patrick’s Day.
Garryowen had to play the final quarter of the game with 14 men after winger Liam Coombes was red-carded for tackling a Young Munster player in the air following a crossfield kick.
Munsters’, who took two bonus points from the game, scored four tries in all. The Greenfields side, who trailed 14-16 at half-time, had first half tries from Evan O’Gorman and Alan Tynan, following a terrific break from scrum-half Stephen Kerins, while Conor Mitchell and Conor Phillips touched down in the second half.
WATCH: Guard of honour from young players of @GarryowenFC & @YoungMunsterRFC ahead of tonight's All-Ireland League Division 1A derby at Dooradoyle @Limerick_Leader #LLSport #AIL pic.twitter.com/LzI0gPX1tZ— Colm Kinsella (@ckSportLeader) November 23, 2018
The results saw seventh-placed Garryowen overtake Munsters' in the Division 1A table at the start of a hectic four-game spell of fixtures.
Garryowen got off to the ideal start when winger Cian O'Shea intercepted a pass close to half-way before scampering over the try-line after a 50-metre dash. Munster Academy player Healy added the extras for a 7-0 lead.
Young Munster hit back immediately and, after a fine break from full-back Alan Tynan, centre Evan O'Gorman dotted down. Shane Airey's conversion tied the scores at 7-7.
A 20th minute penalty from teenager Healy helped Garryowen edge ahead again at 10-7. Back came Munsters', however, after scrum-half Stephen Kerins took a quick tap penalty and darted deep inside the Garryowen '22, before sending full-back Tynan clear to score.
Airey's conversion made it 14-10. However, the complexion of the game changed before half-time as the penalty count against the visitors continued to rise.
Two penalty goals from Healy had Conan Doyle's home side two points to the good at half-time.
WATCH: @GarryowenFC win vital scrum penalty at the death in their precious 32-26 All-Ireland League Division 1A Limerick derby win over @YoungMunsterRFC at Dooradoyle tonight #LLSport #AIL @Limerick_Leader pic.twitter.com/PSJBxEjcO3— Colm Kinsella (@ckSportLeader) November 23, 2018
After Healy added a 44th minute penalty, O'Shea bagged his second try of the game when touching down in the right corner. The successful conversion made it 26-14 to Garryowen.
Coombes' dismissal saw the momentum of the game swing back in the Greenfield side's favour again.
The see-saw nature of the scoring continued when a try from Conor Mitchell off a well-executed maul, reduced the Garryowen lead to seven points, 26-19.
Crucially, Garryowen responded with points as Healy dult kicked his fifth penalty goal of the game on the hour mark.
The drama was far from over, however, and a terrific try from the speedy Conor Phillips, converted by Airey, left just three points between the sides, 29-26.
Healy's sixth penalty goal of the game sealed victory for the home side. However, they had to withstand strong pressure from their opponents in the closing minutes of the game before closing out the win.
Scorers: Garryowen: Tries: Cian O'Shea 2; Cons: Ben Healy 2; Pens: Ben Healy 6
Young Munster: Tries: Evan O'Gorman, Alan Tynan, Conor Mitchell, Conor Phillips; Cons: Shane Airey 3
GARRYOWEN: Andrew O'Byrne; Cian O'Shea, Dave McCarthy, Peadar Collins, Liam Coombes; Ben Healy, Rob Guerin; Mike O'Donnell, Liam Cronin, Ben Rowley, Kevin Seymour, Dean Moore (capt), Tim Ferguson, Darren Ryan, Alan Fitzgerald. Replacements: Niall Horan, Andrew Keating, Sean Rennison, Matt More, Jamie Gavin.
YOUNG MUNSTER: Alan Tynan; Ed O'Keeffe, Derek Corcoran, Evan O'Gorman, Darragh O'Neill; Shane Airey, Stephen Kerins; Conor Bartley, Billy Scannell, Rory Hannan, Tom Goggin, Alan Kennedy (capt), Conor Mitchell, Dan Walsh, John Foley. Replacements: Shane Fenton, Michael Doran, Fintan Coleman, Conor Phillips, Jack Lyons.