Bennett holds nerve as Shannon snatch it

Shannon 31 Dolphin 29

Dolphin, minus key players involved with the Munster A team, fell 12 points behind following tries from David O’Donovan and Cronan Gleeson, one of which Bennett converted. Barry Keeshan knocked over two penalties for Dolphin before Shannon regained control with a third try from Keith White and a penalty and conversion by Bennett for a 22-6 interval lead. Dolphin began the second half brightly with a Miah Cronin try which Keeshan converted before the same player landed a penalty for 22-16. Bennett made it 25-16 only for Dolphin’s character to shine through as Keeshan knocked over a penalty and then converted Cronin’s second try to edge his side ahead, 26-25. A penalty each to Bennett and Keeshan kept the Cork side ahead until the third minute of stoppage time saw Bennett keep his cool under such tremendous pressure.

SHANNON: D O’Donovan; G O’Shea, R Mullane, W O’Connor, S Horgan; T Bennett, R Guerin; R O’Brien, L Cronin, J Cronin, K White, P Kearns, E McLoughlin, J Shine, C Gleeson.

Rolling replacements: T Cusack, L Nicholas, B Walsh, D Evans, R Newsham, L O’Dea, T O’Neill.

DOLPHIN: P Deasy; J Kiernan, H Fleming, S Hansel, E O’Shaughnessy; B Keeshan, C Bannon; B Scott, W Foley, C Condon, C Rowe, D O’Mahony, R O’Herlihy, M Cronin, J Fitzgerald.

Rolling replacements: N Scannell, P Ryan, D O’Se, K O’Keeffe, D Attridge, J Gleeson, E Maverly.

Referee: M Connolly (IRFU).

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