CLONTARF 23 GARRYOWEN 11, Castle Avenue
Scorers: Clontarf: Tries: Penalty try, Phil Howard; Cons: Ian Keatley 2; Pens: Ian Keatley 3
Garryowen: Try; Gerry Hurley; Pens: Conor Kilroy 2
This cup quarter-final swung in Tarf's favour in the 60th-minute when right winger Phil Howard ran in a stunning intercept try from 80 metres out.
Garryowen trailed by 16-6 at half-time after 'Tarf out-half Ian Keatley kicked three penalties and converted a late penalty try.
A 65th-minute try from Munster scrum half Gerry Hurley got Garryowen back within range but the hosts held firm to make the last-four for the first time in their history.
Having lost their last three home fixtures against Garryowen, the north Dubliners were suitably pumped up for today's quarter-final against their top flight rivals.
This was a meeting between AIB League Division One's third and fourth-placed sides and the quality was high throughout, particularly that of the defensive variety.
Both sides had to live off penalty kicks until 'Tarf gained their penalty try in the third-minute of first half injury-time.