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Home Comfort At Last For Garryowen

Home Comfort At Last For Garryowen

Garryowen went into this game at Dooradoyle with a clear mission to end their three-match losing sequence at the venue.

Three away wins had them in mid-table in Ulster Bank League Division 1A but the home hoodoo had to be broken and at the end of an ebb and flow contest they managed just that.

Out-half Darragh Fitzpatrick threatened to spoil matters for the home side when he landed an early penalty for Blackrock but his opposite number Declan Cusack replied for the Light Blues.

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Centre Rob Keogh kicked 'Rock's second penalty to push them 6-3 in front at the interval, with the division's bottom side on course for only their second win of the campaign.

Matters looked ominous for Garryowen when 'Rock hooker Cian Culleton grabbed a try for the visitors which Keogh converted after 44 minutes.

That score served as a wake-up call for Garryowen and four minutes later experienced flanker Conor Hartigan grabbed a try which Cusack converted.

That great campaigner of many battles, Paul Neville, finished off Garryowen's second try after 66 minutes and the icing on the cake came with a late penalty from Fergal Lawlor.

Referee: Brian MacNeice (IRFU)