Shannon suffer AIL Division 1A defeat at Dublin University

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

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Shannon suffer AIL Division 1A defeat at Dublin University

Shannon suffered defeat to Dublin University in their All-Ireland League fixture at College Park on Saturday

SHANNON have dropped down to fifth place in Division 1A of the All-Ireland League table after suffering a 31-19 defeat to Dublin University at College Park on Saturday.

Tom Hayes’ Shannon side trailed the students 7-10 at half-time in an entertaining contest. The Limerick side, who trailed 0-7 inside four minutes, scored a first half try through Jake Flannery after 27 minutes, which Conor Fitzgerald converted.

A second converted try for Dublin University on 48 minutes helped the home side gained control of the contest at 17-7.

However, resilient Shannon hit back with Craig Casey, on his Shannon senior debut, touched down in the 55th minute. Fitzgerald’s conversion made it 17-14 to the home side. 

However, two more tries for the Trinity College side on 64 and 70 minutes helped the home side regain the initiative once again as the lead stretched to 17 points, 31-14.

Tom Hayes’ Shannon side did manage a third try late on through Ikem Ugwueru to reduce Dublin University’s winning margin to 12 points.

Next up for Shannon is a home fixture against Lansdowne on the back pitch at Thomond Park on Saturday next, 2.30pm.

Shannon, who have won three of their six top flight league fixtures this season, remain the best placed Limerick side in the 1A table in fifth.

Garryowen, fresh from their 32-26 derby win over local rivals Young Munster at Dooradoyle on Friday night, sit in seventh place in the table, five points off the semi-final play-off places.

Munsters’ sit in eighth-placed, six points ahead of both Terenure College and UCC who prop up the table on four points.