BALLYNAHINCH 24 GARRYOWEN 17, Ballymacarn Park
Scorers: Ballynahinch: Tries: Stuart Lamb, Kyle Corrigan, Aaron Ferris; Cons: Ryan Bambry 3; Pen: Ryan Bambry
Garryowen: Tries: Gerry Hurley, Diarmaid McCarthy; Con: Conor Kilroy, Gerry Hurley; Pen: Conor Kilroy
Ballynahinch, flying the flag for AIB League Division Two, beat a top flight team for the third round in succession as Garryowen joined fellow Division One outfits, Shannon and Galwegians, in falling to the County Down men.
A bumper crowd of over 2,000 spectators watched Derek Suffern's underdogs pull clear of the Limerick heavyweights in an intriguing second half.
Ballynahinch made a solid start but Garryowen showed their class in the eighth minute when scrum half Gerry Hurley squirmed his way over after picking up from the base of a ruck.
Full-back Conor Kilroy converted that try and the hosts hit back immediately, stringing together some cohesive phases of play and coming close to scoring on two occasions.
'Hinch managed to get back on terms on 27 minutes when their number 8 and captain Stuart Lamb surged past two tacklers and crossed for a very encouraging try. New Zealander Ryan Bambry added the conversion.