WATCH: Shannon players sing 'There is an Isle' after vital AIL win over Wesley

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella


PROMOTION-CHASING Shannon play their crucial game in hand in Division 1B of the Ulster Bank League when visiting Musgrave Park to take on struggling Dolphin on Easter Saturday, 1.30pm.

A 78th minute penalty from out-half Conor Fitzgerald edged Shannon to a vital 24-21 win over Old Wesley on Thomond Park’s back pitch on Saturday.

Despite this win, Shannon remain in third place, six points off leaders Ballynahinch and five points behind second-placed Banbridge.

Shannon have three games to play, including this Saturday’s Munster derby with Dolphin, while Ballynahinch and Banbridge have just two regular season fixtures to come.

Shannon and Old Wesley had been level,  9-9, at half-time in a highly competitive fixture. Out-half Fitzgerald kicked three penalty goals for Shannon, while winger Jack Maybury replied with three penalties for the Dubliners.

The home side took a firm grip on the game when striking for two tries in as many minutes soon after the restart from Pa Ryan and Darren Gavin helped Tom Hayes’ charges into a 21-9 lead.

However, Wesley stormed back with two tries of their own from Rory Stynes and Tommy  O’Callaghan to draw level in the dying moments.

However, Fitzgerald settled frayed Shannon nerves with his match-winning penalty goal.

Limerick’s remaining six senior clubs will return to Ulster Bank League action on Saturday, April 7.