ST. MARY'S COLLEGE 16 SHANNON 27, Templeville Road
Scorers: St. Mary's College: Try: Darragh Fanning; Con: Gavin Dunne; Pens: Gavin Dunne 3
Shannon: Tries: Fionn McLoughlin 2, John O'Connor, David Quinlan; Cons: Tadhg Bennett 2; Drop: Mossie Lawlor
In what was a thoroughly exciting encounter, Shannon cleverly took every opportunity that was handed to them and with a rock solid defence, they denied St. Mary's any spoils despite a great performance from the hosts.
Playing with their backs to the sun in the first half, St. Mary's enjoyed the lion's share of possession and territory, yet they only just managed to see out the half on level terms at 10-10.
Although it was against the run of play, the visitors took their first try very well.
Experienced scrum half Frankie McNamara popped the ball to fleet-footed winger Stephen Kelly who split the defence in two before kicking over the top for centre Fionn McLoughlin to finish neatly under the posts.
If anything, the try spurred the home side on and they kept play right down in the Shannon 22. However, despite some brilliant passing through the back-line, the Dubliners found it difficult to breach Shannon's defensive line.
Shannon finished off a smart tactical game with a well-finished fourth try from McLoughlin, giving them a bonus point and a three-point lead at the top of the table, with former leaders Cork Constitution otherwise occupied in winning the AIB Cup.