Nenagh Ormond captain John Healy pictured in action.
Nenagh Ormond have progressed to the Ulster Bank League division 2A promotion play-offs while an in-form Cashel RFC side have missed out in absolutely cruel circumstances on scoring difference.
On Saturday at Gibson Park in Belfast Nenagh Ormond lost to champions Malone 19-43 - John Coffey, David Gleeson and Jamie McGarry notched the tries for the Tipperary outfit while Cashel RFC shipped a 35-point defeat (15-50) away to Galwegians at Crowley Park.
Both Tipperary clubs were vying for a place in the play-offs, but City of Armagh’s 24-14 win over Greystones essentially meant that City of Armagh leap-frogged both Tipperary clubs into third place on scoring difference while Nenagh Ormond finished fourth and Cashel RFC finished one place outside of the play-off places in fifth despite winning more games (ten) than City of Armagh (nine) and Nenagh Ormond (nine).
Malone won the division outright and will take their place in division 1B next season while Nenagh Ormond will face UL Bohemians (who were ninth in division 1B) in a play-off semi-final on Saturday, April 21st at the University of Limerick (kick-off time to be confirmed).
Meanwhile in their respective play-off semi-final Highfield (who were second in division 2A) face the aforementioned City of Armagh - the play-off final is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 28th.
Nenagh lost six of their last seven games while Cashel RFC only lost two of their last seven. So, it seems cruel that the side coached by Denis Leamy has lost out in such heart-breaking circumstances. Indeed, the form of the Cashel lads appeared to make them the more likely candidate to make an impact on the play-offs. Nenagh Ormond won the Limerick Charity Cup when famously beating Garryown pre-Christmas and although Nenagh can certainly call on some notable talent the collective form of the side is far from good.
During the last seven rounds of games Nenagh Ormond have lost to Malone (away 19-43), Queens University (home 30-35), Greystones (away 24-31), City of Armagh (home 26-39), Galwegians (away 14-16) and Highfield (away 13-15) while they beat Galway Corinthians at New Ormond Park 15-13.
Meanwhile Cashel RFC beat Blackrock Collge (home 27-24), Queens University (home 21-17), Greystones (away 25-10), Galway Corinthians (home 44-10) and Highfield (home 10-0) while Denis Leamy’s men lost to Galwegians (away 15-50) and Malone (away 17-22).
Hopefully Nenagh Ormond can locate their very best form ahead of the contest with UL Bohemian and do justice to their undoubted talent.
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