REJUVENATED Shannon moved joint top of Division 1A of the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League on a largely successful weekend for local sides in the competition.
Shannon claimed their second victory over Cork opposition in successive weekends when recording a 14-10 victory over Constitution at temple Hill.
Luke O’Dea scored a vital try for Stephen Keogh’s side, while Gareth Quinn-McDonogh kicked two penalties and Mossie Lawler chipped in with a drop goal.
Garryowen recorded their opening win of the campaign when claiming the scalp of holders Old Belvedere at Anglesea Road on a 30-25 scoreline.
The ‘light blues’ scored three tries against the holders from Conan Doyle, Alan Gaughan and Ronan O’Mahony, while Munster out-half Declan Cusack kicked 15 points.
Young Munster will count themselves very unfortunate not to come away from Castle Avenue with four points following their tie with high-flying Clontarf.
Munsters’ suffered a 16-15 defeat, the Limerick side undone by a late penalty goal from Richie Lane. Willie Staunton kicked all of Munsters’ points for the visitors who did have the small consolation of picking up a losing bonus point.
In Division 1B, both UL-Bohemian and Bruff recorded precious wins to move up the table.
JJ Hanrahan kicked four penalty goals in UL-Bohs’ 12-5 victory over Dungannon, while John Stephen Shine crossed for two tries in Bruff’s gritty 21-12 victory over Galwegians at Kilballyowen Park.
In Division 2, Old Crescent followed up on their opening day draw with Old Wesley by securing an encouraging 12-6 victory over Midleton at Rosbrien.
Tom Cregan kicked four penalty goals for the winners, who now occupy a lofty fourth place in the table.
Thomond collected their first points of the campaign when securing a gritty 9-9 draw with Old Wesley at Liam Fitzgerald Park.
Wayne Murphy contributed Thomond’s points with three penalty goals.
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