Friday 19 January 2018

Delaney finds his range

In a thrilling contest at the Towns Park in Midleton, Nenagh Ormond emerged with a single-point advantage in a game that was in the balance right up to the final whistle to qualify for the final against Queens.

Most of the drama was packed into the final 20 minutes of the game with the lead changing hands several times.

The home side led 5-3 at half-time, with an early try from Jim Gogarty being followed by a penalty from Nenagh Ormond out-half David Delaney.

It was score for score in a pulsating finish as Delaney kicked two penalties and a drop-goal for the visitors and Jeff Hitchmough replied with two penalties for Midleton.

Veteran Jason Holland came close to winning the game with the last play of the game for Midleton but his drop-goal effort just failed to find the target.

It was an unfortunate way for one of the best players to play for the East Cork club to bow out on his career.

Midleton -- T Smith; J Hitchmough, P Whelan, D Smyth (J Holland 45), J Gogarty; P Broughan, R Smyth (P Daly 37); K Brierley, D Lee, R McArdle; D O'Connor (B Sweeney 54), A McCarthy; D Smyth, M Cronin, M O'Connell.

Nenagh Ormond -- S Harvey (M Fogarty 72); C McMahon, J Kingston, T Connolly, G Hermes; D Delaney, D Corcoran; D Dunne (C Brislane 57), D Horan, F Brislane; D Gallagher (J Quigley 60), D Walsh; S O'Callaghan (M Slattery 65), B Williams, K Quigley.

Irish Independent

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