Nenagh Ormond 21 Buccaneers 22

Buccaneers made it a winning first visit in the Energia All-Ireland League to Lisatunny when they defeated Nenagh Ormond 22-21 in a keenly contested Division 2A tie on Saturday.

Buccs made the more promising start despite facing the elements but were then punished for a number of penalties.

Conor O’Brien drilled over a 9th minute placekick after Buccs came in from the side and, two minutes later, Masterson tackled John O’Flaherty in the air. Nenagh made inroads from this award and Willie Coffey gained further ground but the Shannonsiders defence stood firm.

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Evan Galvin made a great turnover but was pinged for not releasing and teenager O’Brien made it 6-0 in favour of Nenagh with this 17th minute wind-assisted penalty.

Buccs responded commendably with a series of pick and goes in which Evan Galvin and Martin Staunton were prominent and Maulaulau finished off these phases when showing good strength to touchdown near the posts.

Carty converted this 21st minute try. Ormond regained the lead just seven minutes later when Aaron Hennessy grounded the ball for an unconverted pushover try wide on the right.

Carty reduced Buccs arrears with a fine 32nd minute penalty against the breeze but O’Brien was straight and true with another long placekick three minutes later.

A super Carty penalty to touch saw Buccaneers end the half in home territory but trailing 14-10 at the interval.

The visitors enjoyed much better territory following the change of ends and were unlucky not to regain the lead after a clever lineout move six minutes into the second period when O’Brien’s tackle halted substitute Darren Browne’s progress close to the home line.

Buccs continued to play composed rugby and a splendid spell of phases edged them bit by bit to the homesters’ line where Maulaulau powered over for a 54th minute try converted by Carty.

This score came at a cost as the impressive Masterson was injured in the build-up. However, just three minutes later the Pirates added to their tally.

Nenagh out-half Clayton Stewart was caught in possession and his opposite number Carty whipped the ball wide to Frankie Hopkins and the scrumhalf raced away to slide in for an unconverted try on the left.

This gave Buccaneers a 22-14 lead and as the rain returned they continued to pile forward in a rousing contest but could not add to their tally.

O’Brien was sin-binned for kicking the ball away after being caught offside on 68 minutes and Buccs went in search of a bonus point try.

But they failed to further unlock committed Nenagh defending and then had to endure a nervy closing few minutes after prop John Coffey showed an unexpected turn of pace late in the game to rampage through for a 76th minute try.

Stewart landed a terrific conversion to leave just a solitary point between the sides but Buccaneers held their nerve to secure a vital and deserved away victory.

Nenagh Ormond: J.Rowland, C.O’Brien, W.Coffey, A.Long, P.Coman, C.Stewart, J.Mitchell, F.Brislane (J.Coffey ht), A.Hennessy, J.Coffey (A.Doyle 30), K.O’Flaherty (J.O’Keefe 63), J.O’Kelly, J.O’Flaherty (c), E.Murphy, K.Quigley

Buccaneers: Eoghan O’Reilly, R.Murphy-Sweeney, C.Reid (M.Hanley 60), S.O’Carroll, D.Corbett, L.Carty, F.Hopkins, H.O’Reilly (O.Kiernan 65_, R.Grenham (D.Browne 27), M.Staunton, F.Galvin, M.Kennedy, C.Maulaulau, E.Galvin (c), S.Masterson (S.Kroupa 55)

Referee: Richard Kerr (IRFU)