BRIDGESTONE AWARD "Best in Ireland 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Nenagh Ormond shocked Dolphin in the final of the ODM Cyril Fitzgerald Plate Final on Saturday afternoon when winning the club’s first senior title on a 29-7 scoreline.
Although originally scheduled to take place at Musgrave Park the match was moved to Mahon. Nenagh Ormond were cast in the role of distinct underdogs against Dolphin, but gleefully tore their much-vaunted opponents apart.
Nenagh’s ambition was rewarded with a Shane O’Callaghan try which Dan Fogarty converted before Sam Nash added a second try which Fogarty also converted. Inside the opening twenty minutes Jamie Quigley scooted in for a third try, Fogarty converted and Nenagh Ormond led 21-0. In the 32nd minute Dan Fogarty added a penalty and the Nenagh lads enjoyed a 24-0 advantage at the break.
Eight minutes into the second half Jonathan Hayes added yet another try for Nenagh.
Dolphin managed a late consolation try, but Nenagh Ormond were very good value for this sensational win.
Nenagh Ormond team: Stephen Carey; Sam Nash, Derek Corcoran, Ger Harmse, Dave Corcoran; Dan Fogarty, Michael Fogarty; Jamie Quigley, Peter O’Connor, Fergal Brislane; Shane O’Callaghan; Kevin O’Flaherty; Lemeki Viapula, Rory O’Brien, Mike Slattery. Replacements: Damian Dunne, John Hayes, Kevin Seymour, Bryan Williams, Rory Whelan, Andrew Mackey, Aidan O’Dwyer.
Meanwhile in the Rabo Direct Pro 12 Munster recorded a vital 16-12 win over Connacht at the Sportsground and moved up to third in the league table.
Both the north Tipperary under-21A and under-21B champions were beaten in their respective county semi-finals this weekend.
On Sunday in Templemore Kilruane MacDonagh’s performed brilliantly, but lost out to a highly-talented Thurles Sarsfields side on a 2-14 to 1-13 scoreline in an entertaining county under-21A hurling semi-final. A Michael O’Brien goal settled the Mid champions early on and Sarsfields led 1-6 to 0-7 at the break. Kilruane came storming back into this contest however and thanks to a Rob Austin goal the North champions led 1-10 to 1-7 by the 41st minute. Indeed, Kilruane led 1-13 to 1-10 with ten minutes to play before Thurles Sarsfields hit a purple patch and fired 1-4 without reply to win this thrilling contest.
On Saturday in Templetouhy Kildangan lost out (1-15 to 1-16) to Upperchurch-Drombane in their county under-21B hurling semi-final. Thanks to a David Cauley goal in the third minute Kildangan initially opened a 1-3 to no-score lead and maintained a significant advantage at the break (1-11 to 1-5).
Playing with the wind in the second half Upperchurch-Drombane stormed back into this contest and forced their way into a 1-13 to 1-12 lead by the 44th minute. Although Kildangan were forced to play with fourteen men for the final ten minutes of this contest following the sending off of Paddy Gallagher the North champions battled brilliantly and actually led 1-15 to 1-13 by the 57th minute. Unfortunately, Upperchurch-Drombane fired three injury time points to force their way into the county final.
Meanwhile two divisional finals took place in north Tipperary this weekend. On Friday night Ballingarry hosted the junior A football final between Borrisokane and Shannon Rovers - Rovers won that contest on a 3-9 to 1-8 scoreline. On Sunday afternoon in Templederry Ballinahinch claimed the junior C hurling honours thanks to a 1-13 to 0-11 win over Borrisokane. Ballinahinch led that final 1-7 to 0-4 at half-time.
It was also revealed this weekend by Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan that Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring has allocated a sports grant of €400,000 to Nenagh Town Council. Mr Coonan indicated that the monies would be ring-fenced for an extension to the gym facilities including aerobics studio and changing rooms, outdoor fitness trail with gym equipment and skateboard park.
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