12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
Clontarf's Marc Hewitt (left) and Derek Keane combine to halt the progression of Garryowen full-back Andrew Finn, who could little to stop his side from going down to their first league defeat of the season. Paul Cunningham's Garryowen side are still second in the Division One standings however, with Limerick rivals Shannon just a point ahead of them.
Clontarf's Niall Carson feels the full force of Garryowen lock Mark Melbourne.
Nippy Garryowen scrum half Gerry Hurley releases his backs. The 22-year-old Hurley was named in the AIB League Team of the Season for 2004/05, having helped Garryowen reach the play-offs.
Clontarf's Darragh O'Shea tries to fend off the tackle of Gerry Hurley while on a run.
Clontarf winger Derek Keane and Garryowen's Munster winger/centre Paul Devlin clash at Dooradoyle as the former makes a break up the left flank. Clontarf's win on Saturday was their fifth on the trot, and they now lie just two points behind pace-setters Shannon, in third, ahead of the break for the 6 Nations. Phil Werahiko's 'Tarf side also claimed the scalp of Shannon on January 21, beating the champions 32-18 at Castle Avenue.
**All photos by Dan Sheridan of Inpho Photography**