UCC produced a vintage display to record their first win against Shannon in the Energia Community Series Conference 1 at the Mardyke.
Credit to both sides who produced a great game of rugby which yielded 12 tries, the students scoring nine.
This was a typical College running rugby and it will be a big boost to them after suffering some heavy defeats in the opening weeks of the season.
College took the game to Shannon from the off and opened their account in the seventh minute when following a ruck Brendon McSorley barged over in the corner.
Four minutes later a sweeping passing movement saw James Taylor touch down and he added the extras to make it 12-0.
It was Shannon’s turn to turn on the style when Ikem Ugwueru sent Darragh Oxley in at the corner.
Excellent play by Taylor had Shannon on the back foot and he converted McSorley’s second try.
The home side had the bonus point wrapped up on 28 minutes with Rob Hedderman sending Cian Bohane scoring and Taylor converted for a 26-5 half time lead.
Shannon made several changes at the break but great breaks by Matthew Bowen and Bohane went close to adding to College’s tally.
Two converted tries in as many minutes put the game beyond the visitors. Louis Bruce burst through the Shannon defence from around halfway and powered his way over the line.
From the restart, a break by Taylor sent Ryan Murphy in for their sixth try with Taylor converting both.
Shannon then had a purple patch as they blitzed the College defence but Keelan Stephenson knocked on short of the line. However, they were rewarded when Brian Bennett took a quick penalty to touch down.
Cian Whooley who came on at out-half for the last twenty minutes showed plenty of promise when introduced and he converted two of College’s last three tries that came curtsey of Richard Thompson, Hedderman and Kieran Coghlan.
Sean McCarthy completed the scoring with a Shannon try which John O’Sullivan converted.
B McSorley 2 tries, J Taylor try 5 cons, C Bohane, L Bruce, R Murphy, R Thompson, R Hedderman, K Coghlan tries, C Whooley 2 cons.
D Oxley, B Bennett, S McCarthy tries, J O’Sullivan con
R Hedderman; L Bruce, C Bohane, H O’Riordan, M Bowen; J Taylor, L Kahn; S O’Hanlon, T McCarthy, R O’Donovan; B McSorley, R Thompson; J Willis, L McSherry, R Murphy.
D O’Connor, B O’Connor, C Barry, J Kelleher, C Whooley, K Coghlan.
K Stephenson; I Ugwueru, D Oxley, A Flannery, E Moloney; B Daly, J O’Sullivan; J Hayes, A Long, E O’Callaghan; C O’Flynn, R Coffey; S McCarthy, C Heffernan, L Nicholas.
T Chan, C Glynn, O Ring, K Brown, B Barrett, D Gavin.
E Hogan O’Connell (IRFU).