Nenagh Ormond under 13s travelled into Fitzgerald park for the next round of the league against Thomond/Richmond. Nenagh headed into the game missing 8 players for various reasons. Nenagh kicked the game off and had the opposition under pressure from the start. Thomond/Richmond cleared their lines very well and from a knock on in midfield Scott Powell carried and made great ground before then offloading to Aidan Ryan who did very well to evade the defence out wide and dot down for the first try. Extras were added. The next score was from a scrum in midfield. The ball was moved straight from the scrum to midfield to Aidan Ryan who punched a hole through the middle and beat the last defender to score under the posts. The next score came from Nenagh’s line speed in defence. The opposition tried to move the ball out to their strong centre, when Kaden Fogarty pounced and intercepted the pass and out sprinted the defence to score under the posts. In the next phases of play there was a brilliant defensive play. The opposition were on the front foot and tried an audacious cross field kick which nearly came off only for Harry Gannon to read the situation. Nenagh scored again just before half time. There was a scrum on the Thomond 22, the ball spilled out which Cody O'Connor pounced on and as he was being tackled he popped the ball onto the on rushing Shaun Murphy who scored.
The second half was a tighter affair with Thomond upping the ante and carrying the ball with intent. However, Nenagh's defensive line speed did not let them score. There was some excellent tackling from Cody, Marcus, Kaden, Scott ,Anluan, both Aidans and Luke Slattery. Nenagh scored midway through the second half with a great team try. The ball was moved from midfield to the wing, with Hugo Massy making great ground. He drew the second last defender and popped to James Dwyer who then stepped the full back to score. The next score was scored by the forwards. Shaun Murphy carried very well to within 10/15 metres of the line, who then popped to a explosive Joe Fahy who bull dozed his way over the line. The final try was scored by Aidan Stead but It was Callum Ryan who made a great run at pace up through the middle of the field to get Nenagh into a great position. Nenagh were driving at the opposition line and after a good few phases Aidan picked at the base of the ruck and burrowed his way over. This was a very good performance overall. Nenagh’s line speed in defence and tackling was exceptional. Training continues Wednesday evening with a game with Portloaise away next Sunday