Kelvin Brown, centre, scored Shannon's bonus point try in their Energia All-Ireland League Division 1B victory over City of Armagh at Thomond Park back pitch on Saturday
CLINICAL Shannon got back to winning ways in Division 1B of the All-Ireland League after scoring a precious 26-14 bonus point victory over City of Armagh on Thomond Park's back pitch on Saturday afternoon.
The complexion of the game changed in the 10 minutes before half time as Shannon, who had trailed 5-7 to that point, stunned their visitors with two converted tries to lead 19-7 at the break.
City of Armagh, who began the day in third place in the 1B table, two spots higher than Shannon, had enjoyed the majority of possession and territory to that point. City of Armagh got themselves right back into the game with a well-worked try after 51 minutes.
The conversion reduced Shannon's advantage to just five points, 19-14.
However, resilient Shannon stung their opponents when striking for their bonus point try in the 70th minute from Kelvin Brown against the run of play to finally break the visitors' resolve.
It was the ideal way for 'The Parish' side to respond to their disappointing 34-14 defeat awy to Banbridge last weekend. It was also Shannon's third win in their last four AIL fixtures.</p
WATCH: @Shannon_RFC players & supporters belt out The Isle after their 26-14 bonus point win v City of Armagh in @EnergiaEnergy All-Ireland League Division 1B at Thomond Park #LLSport #EnergiaAIL @LimkLeaderSport #AIL pic.twitter.com/Y3vUZQBnpw— Colm Kinsella (@ckSportLeader) November 9, 2019
City of Armagh raced into a useful 7-0 lead with a well-worked ninth minute converted try to make the best of starts.
Shannon hit back with a try of their own on 27 minutes when the home side managed to block down a kick from the visitors close to half way and an alert Jamie McGarry gathered possession before racking clear to score.
Those two tries before half time from a Pa Ryan intercept on 35 minutes and a fine individual effort from second row Lee Nicholas just before the break changed the complexion of the game.
Out-half Ben Daly converted both tries.
WATCH: Power & strength takes Lee Nicholas over for @Shannon_RFC third try v @CityOfArmaghRFC Home side lead visitors 19-7 at half-time in All-Ireland League Division 1B at Thomond Park's back pitch #LLSport #EnergiaAIL @LimkLeaderSport #AIL pic.twitter.com/PGSV3MsKKl— Colm Kinsella (@ckSportLeader) November 9, 2019
City of Armagh were well in the contest when a second converted try in the 51st minute brought them to within a score of their hosts.
To their credit, Shannon defended and tackled tenaciously through the second quarter as the Ulster side fought to add to their points tally.
WATCH: Kelvin Brown touches down with bonus point try in @Shannon_RFC 26-14 win v City of Armagh in All-Ireland League Division 1B at Thomond Park #LLSport #EnergiaAIL @LimkLeaderSport pic.twitter.com/W9n7hx5fqN— Colm Kinsella (@ckSportLeader) November 9, 2019
However, Brown's 70th minute five-pointer finally edged Shannon sufficiently clear to end Arnagh's hopes to staging a successful comeback.
WATCH: Out-half Ben Daly was in fine form with the boot for @Shannon_RFC in their 26-14 bonus point win v City of Armagh in @EnergiaEnergy All-Ireland League Division 1B at Thomond Park's back pitch. This was his easiest kick of the day #LLSport #EnergiaAIL @LimkLeaderSport pic.twitter.com/aLrcZe1oWT— Colm Kinsella (@ckSportLeader) November 9, 2019