U16 Munster Club Competition
Nenagh Ormond 39-12 St. Senan’s RFC
Nenagh Ormond Under 16s continued their Munster Club campaign on Sunday with a home game against St. Senan’s. After a long week of rain, Sunday was dry and calm and conditions were good. Nenagh had the lion’s share of the possession in the opening ten minutes but, despite putting some good passages of play together, handling errors meant that opportunities were not taken and eventually St. Senan’s regained possession, worked through the phases to suck in the Nenagh defence and scored out wide. They converted to go 7 points up.
Credit to Nenagh, they went to work straight away from the kick off. Conceding a try after having so much possession left them determined to score next and it wasn’t long before Aidan Fogarty went over to pull the score back to 5-7. Soon after that Nenagh won a scrum in the Senan’s 22 and when Number 8 Tom Lillis picked he drew the defenders and left a gap for James Finn to race through for the score. Nenagh scored again with five minutes left in the half when Aaron Delahunty went over out wide but a Senan’s try, also in the corner, just before half time left the home side ahead by just 15-12 at the break.
Nenagh were disappointed not to be further ahead at half time and they identified some key areas to work on. They scored early in the second half when outhalf Adam Steed popped the ball up for Finn to take his second try which Steed converted. Excellent handling put Liam Cooney over in the corner for the next score and Adam Cleere was on hand to take the pop from Lillis for the third try of the half which Steed also converted. The final score came when Nenagh got a scrum in the Senan’s 22. The ball went out to the backs who were held up short before the forwards carried several times to suck in the defence with Andrew Ferris, now playing at outhalf, eventually finding a way through the defence to touch down.
Despite the scoreline, this was a mixed performance with the lads putting some excellent periods of play together while also leaving opportunities behind due to small errors which leaves us with plenty to work on in training over the coming weeks.
Next up for our Under 16s are Young Munster away next Sunday before we take a break from Munster Club Competition while the North Munster League takes over in the run up to Christmas. Training continues every Tuesday and Friday at 7pm in Tyone.
Team: Aidan Fogarty, Luke Graham, Aaron Delahunty, James Finn, Kieran Tinkler, Adam Steed, Andrew Ferris, Jack Gleeson, Sean Fitzgerald, Paddy Ryan, Darragh Tucker, Christian Storey, Eoghan Tighe (c), John Brislane, Tom Lillis. Reps: Cormac Kennedy, Arainn O’Sullivan, Evan Rainsford, Liam Cooney, Adam Cleere.