SHANNON 7 ST. MARY'S COLLEGE 12, Thomond Park
Scorers: Shannon: Try: Mossie Lawlor; Con: Tadhg Bennett
St. Mary's College: Pens: Gavin Dunne 3; Drop: Shaun McCarthy
Summer signing Gavin Dunne and player-coach Shaun McCarthy booted St. Mary's to a deserved comeback win, with Dunne slotting three penalty goals and Australian McCarthy tagging on a drop goal.
Bennett added the conversion but with both packs determined to batter away and make the hard yards, a tight, slugfest ensued.
Crucially, St. Mary's were able to up the tempo for the second half and a Dunne penalty after 41 minutes set them on the right road.
Following McCarthy's drop goal, Bennett missed a gilt-edge penalty chance and Dunne's final kick, with two minutes to go, sealed Shannon's fate.