Corinthians struggle against determined Shannon

Corinthians and Shannon exchanged places in the Ulster Bank League divison 1B table after the Limerick outfit grabbed the spoils with a 30-7 win in Cloonacauneen on Saturday.

In a reverse of last season’s result, and despite struggling this season, Shannon, with the wind at their backs, applied all the early pressure and were rewarded with a Tadhg Bennett penalty.

Corinthians, however, failed to take advantage of a yellow card to Shannon flanker Aidan Butler, while the visitors extended their lead to 6-0 with a second Bennett penalty.

The home side, however, gained some momentum and were rewarded when flanker Donnchadh Phelan and veteran lock Gary Warde drove forward before outhalf Conor Murphy claimed a brilliant touchdown.

But just before the break, Shannon captain John Shine rambled in despite a possible knock-on, and Bennett added the extras for a 13-7 lead.

Shannon, with only one point to show from their last three outings, came out with all guns blazing after the restart. No 8 Lee Nicholas grabbed a second try and it was all downhill for the home side after that.

Corinthians, also with a three week break, will need to up their performance when they travel to Athlone to face Bucanneers in their next outing.

Corinthians: D Claasen, D Griffen, J Buckley (c ), C Dilane, O Daly, C Murphy, M Murphy, A Bane, J Merrigan, M Byrne, A Broderick, G Warde, D Phelan, M Kelly, C Raftery. Replacements; A Glynn, C Hansberry, D Joyce, P Maher, C Evans.

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