BLACKROCK COLLEGE 15 SHANNON 21, Stradbrook
Scorers: Blackrock College: Pens: James Power 5
Shannon: Tries: Stephen Kelly 2; Con: Tadhg Bennett; Pen: Tadhg Bennett; Drops: Tadhg Bennett, Felix Jones
Up until the final minute, it looked as if Blackrock were going to get nothing out of this tie, however a moment of indiscipline from Shannon handed the hosts a late penalty which salvaged a losing bonus point for them.
Coming into the match with only one win from their opening four league games, Shannon must have been looking at this as a must-win game and a chance to reduce the points difference between the two teams in the league.
'Rock's first slip-up this season occurred only two weeks ago when they lost 9-3 to a rejuvenated Clontarf in a fierce Dublin derby and this was a chance to get back to winning ways on home territory.
Some exciting early exchanges saw Shannon in the ascendancy, however they were dealt a huge blow when captain and centre Mossie Lawlor had to be taken off with what looked to be a serious leg injury.
If anything though, this blow seemed to spur the visitors on and Shannon upped the tempo. Their counter attacking was excellent, the lineout was in good shape and the back-line were putting fierce pressure on the home side.