Fethard under-15s rugby team continued their great run at this age group with a hard fought victory over a much bigger Nenagh side played in Nenagh on Sunday morning last. Fethard playing with a strong wind scored a fine try when Killian O’Dwyer split the Nenagh defence. Gary Kavanagh put over the conversion. Nenagh were quick to respond and within five minutes scored a breakaway in the corner. Fethard piled on the pressure and some great forward play by Griffin Ivors, Ross McCormack, Tim Daly and Bill Phelan saw Fethard camped on the Nenagh line, but a strong Nenagh defence held Fethard out.
Half time whistle sounded and with only a two-point lead Fethard were going to be under massive pressure playing against what was now a gale force wind. Nenagh with their big pack mauled the Fethard lads back and within ten minutes of the restart had gone over for a try, but these young Fethard lads put their heart and soul into the final fifteen minutes and continually took the ball until deep in the Nenagh 22. Nenagh rushed up to cover the Fethard centres, Connie Coen and Joey Noonan, who had posed threats all day but the elusive Killian O’Dwyer cut inside to score under the posts. He kicked the conversion himself. With ten-minutes left at 14-10 these Fethard lads defended well. Thomas Murphy, Richie Houlihan, Michael Gaynor and Mark Collins tackled everything that came at them and in the backs Mark Heffernan, Gearóid Fahey and Jack Dolan were rock solid.
This was a superb performance by this young team and they did themselves, their parents and the club proud. They go on to face Dungarvan in the final probably next Sunday but this has to be confirmed. Please come out and support these young guys in the final.
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