Nenagh Ormond U18.5 team played their quarter final of the Munster Plate competition at a dry and sunny Lisatunny last Sunday against Richmond/St Marys. After being relegated to second place as a result of the head to head fixture against Midleton in the pool stages, the team were looking to try to get to their second final of the season. After a scrappy opening we scored a good try, After a clearing kick by Richmond was gathered on his own 10 m line by Darragh Gleeson, he beat the first man and the full back along the touchline to score and convert himself for a 7-0 lead. A few minutes later a good backline move saw Josh Powell score wide out for an unconverted try and Nenagh were beginning to find their rhythm. Another break saw Cillian Ryan rumble over from a a few yards out, again converted by Darragh. Next, after a penalty was kicked to the corner, a lineout burst by Dylan Crowe got us to the line and a pick and drive by Ivan Struzia saw him over by the posts for a converted try and a 19-0 lead. There was some good running by Conor McGrath and the backs were using the good conditions to express themselves and after a scrum move, Jack O’Callaghan streaked away for another converted try. Jess Robbins was very unlucky not to grab another when the ref surprisingly said he was held up over the line after some very good interplay by the team. Half time arrived and we were able to introduce a few subs and when Darragh scored from an attacking scrum we were able to introduce the rest of the subs. The game finished with a couple of yellow cards for the home team and a penalty try to Richmond/St Marys for a high tackle to leave the final scored 38-7. Onwards now to the semi final away to Clonakilty next Saturday, in what will be a different test against a team that won all their matches in phase one. Again the team discipline was disappointing, 18 penalties conceded and two yellows for a high tackle and failure to retreat 10 metres, so this will have to be improved on against better opposition. Two good training session to go this week before the big match with the prize being a place in the final to be played in Musgrave Park.
Squad: Dylan Schweitnitz, Dylan Crowe, Nickie Nie, Cillian Ryan, Jess Robbins, Jack Meagher, Ivan Struzia, Fionn O’Meara, Josh Powell, Conor McGrath , Diarmuid Coleman, Jack O’Callaghan , Mason Cawley, Tristen Madden, Darragh Gleeson, Dan Keneally, Luke Grey, Luke O’Callaghan, Mikey Morgan, Ryan Imhoff, Oisin Moloney, Dylan Doris, Sean Tormey, Tommy Wilkinson.