Match Report v UL Bohs
First local derby
Last Friday night saw our Firsts take to the field in the first local derby of the year v UL Bohs on Friday night in Thomond Park. This was a must win match for Shannon as it would take us out of the bottom two and into an eight place position. It was a tense affair with neither team budging for the first twenty minutes. Ul Bohs took advantage of a Shannon sin-bin and were the first to cross the line with a converted try at the 34 minute mark. This was followed was scrappy play that brought to end a disappointing fist half.
Shannon emerged a stronger side after half time and kept most of the possession, battling their way into the Bohs half early on. After Bohs also had a man sent to the bin, Tadhg Bennett crashed over their line with a great try that was converted by Shane Airey leaving the score 7-7 after 55 minutes. Shannon remained the dominating team and continued to link up well as a team, five minutes after Bohs got back to 15 we continued to dominate and after a lovely move that saw the ball pass though many hands, it was James Vaughan who crossed the line for his first Shannon try which was converted by Ronan McKenna leaving the score 14-7 after 66 minutes.
In the final minutes of the match Bohs clinched a try in the corner, leaving only the dying seconds for the conversion. This went wide leaving the final score 14-12 in our favour. While it wasn’t the most clamorous win, Shannon completed the job they set out to do and showed real dominance and confidence in attack. It was great to hear “There is an Isle” ring out of the dressing room and hopefully this will be the first of many this season. Our next league match is versus Old Wesley in Coonagh on Halloween day but our firsts are back in action this weekend in the Munster Senior Cup against Garryowen in Coonagh at 2pm.