Nenagh Ormond under 13s made the trip into Coonagh on Sunday last to play Shannon. There was a stiff breeze blowing down the middle of the field and Shannon opted to play with it. Nenagh got off to a good start with some very good interplay between forwards and backs. There was some great carrying by Anluan White, Hugo Massy, Aidan Ryan and Aidan Stead. The first try was created after multiple phases, a ruck was formed on the 5m line with Cody O Connor feeding Shaun Murphy who showed great feet to beat the last defender and dot down for the first try. The second try was somewhat similar in that after multiple phases Nenagh found themselves on the Shannon 5m line, and some very quick thinking by Shane Gleeson saw him pick at the base and burrow his way over the line. Extras were added to leave the score 12 nil. The third try was a bit of individual brilliance from Aidan Ryan. Nenagh were in their own half and showed great composure to move the ball from wing to wing. As the ball made its way back into the middle of the field the ball came to Aidan Ryan who spotted a gap in the defence, which he exploded through and beat the scrambling defence. Extras were added. From the kick off another good try was scored by Anluan White. He caught the drop off and powered through the first line of defence and sprinted the length of the field with a mazy run to score under the posts. Extras were added to leave score 24 nil at half time. The second half was a tighter tussle with Shannon bringing on some ball carriers. Nenagh had the wind at their backs and it was used very well by Oisin Hogan and Donagh Carmody with some excellent kicking. However Shannon were first to score. Their powerful no 8 picking the ball, bumped a few tackles to score under the posts. In fairness to the Nenagh lads from then on he was met with some excellent hits to stop Shannon gaining momentum. Nenagh responded well and scored the next try. A brilliant turnover from Scott Powell on the Shannon 10m line allowed Marcus Finn to move the ball quickly to Kaden Fogarty who in turn shifted the ball onto Donagh Carmody. Donagh had Harry Walsh on his outside but saw a gap in defence which he coasted through and then with brilliant footwork stepped the full back to dot down under the posts. Extras were added. Shannon responded with 2 more tries,one which was a good solo effort from their player. However Nenagh finished the game hammering the Shannon line. After multiple phases the ball was passed by Marcus Finn to Aidan Ryan who powered his way over the line for a good team try. The score line finished up 38-17. A very good performance overall with all players giving a very good account of themselves. Tackling and organisation have really developed over the last number of weeks. We have Garryowen away next Sunday. Training continues at the usual time on Wednesday night.