St. Mary’s College heaped more misery on Dolphin in this Ulster Bank League Division 1A bottom of the table clash at Musgrave Park on Saturday.
The hosts are now without a win after eight games and prop up the table, seven points adrift of Mary’s.
St. Mary’s coach Jonathan Garth was in a buoyant mood after his side’s win. “It was a titanic battle and we are thrilled with the result. Both sides are struggling, so for us to come out with a win was just fantastic. We will hopefully move upwards from here and try to get a couple of points before Christmas with games against UCD and Lansdowne to come.”
The visitors made the better start and Gavin Dunne had them 9-0 clear after 11 minutes with three penalty kicks.
But Dolphin soon found their feet as Ryan Murphy sent Rory Scannell in for a try which Brendan Keeshan converted.
Both Keeshan and Dunne missed penalties before Scannell saw his long-range penalty effort come back off an upright, which left the visitors holding a 9-7 half time lead.
There was dramatic opening to the second half as Keeshan kicked a penalty to put Dolphin ahead after Mary’s full-back Ray Crotty was yellow-carded.
Two minutes later Keeshan received a yellow card and pressure by the Mary’s pack resulted in Ritchie Sweeney touching down for a try which Dunne converted.
Scannell and Dunne exchanged penalties before Dolphin pressure was rewarded with a try by Ryan Murphy to leave the hosts trailing 19-18 with 20 minutes left.
However, Mary’s finished strongly and another Dunne penalty and a try by Nick Timoney secured a precious victory.
DOLPHIN: E Mills; E O’Shaughnessy, C McGovern, R Scannell, S McAuliffe; B Keeshan, D Foley; J Leahy, C O Sullivan, J Rochford; C Rowe, B Quill; R O’Herlihy; R Murphy, Dave O’Callaghan.
Replacements: B Duggan, K O Halloran, K Allan, R Reardon, D Horgan,
ST. MARY’S COLLEGE: R Crotty; ST Lennon, R O’Loughlin, M O’Driscoll, C Lilly; G Dunne, R Glynn; T O’Reilly, S McCarthy, B McGovern; C Ruddock, S Bradshaw; K Sheahan, C Oliver, N Timoney.
Replacements: R O’Donovan, R Sweeney, D O’Connor, A Burke, C Gilsenan.
Referee: S Gaffney (IRFU).