Nenagh Ormond 29 NUIM Barnhall 11
ONLY a couple of freak mathematical result could have deprive NUIM Barnhall of the second placed automatic promotion place in Division 2B of the Ulster Bank All Ireland League on Saturday.
They did not happen and there were cheers among the travelling band which made to journey to New Ormond Park in the land of the hurlers. They travelled to Tipperary needing at least one point or the inability of Naas to bridge a 141 scoring points difference.
Nenagh were still within a shout of a promotion and gave them game their everything.
It was not enough but there were lessons to be learned as Naas, the other contenders for the automatic promotion place, clocked up a 55-0 win against Instonians, earning them a play off this weekend.
Barnhall had an eighteen points deficit, which meant that Naas managed to narrow the 141 difference massively in one afternoon.
Had NUIM Barnhall not recorded some big wins in the past month of so the result could have been different and the side could be facing a play off against Greystones shortly.
After the big win against Boyne the previous Saturday, NUIM Barnhall manager, Denis Bowes, predicted the game against Nenagh would not be easy.
He was right.
It was a fast paced affair with Nenagh well on top.
The Kildare side started alright with an early Simon Gillespie penalty but David Corcoran kicked an equaliser for Nenagh and they took over from there and started scoring.
Two quick tries around the half hour mark from No. 5 Shane O’Callaghan and No 7, Rory O’Beirne made it 22-6 at half time.
By this time Naas had built up a 24-0 lead and mathematicians at all three clubs would have been doing their calculations with a view to that 141 points difference.
NUIM Barnhall may have been consoled by the fact that Naas had found only 42 of the 141 points they needed.
In the 46 minutes, Nenagh’s No. 13 Derek Corcoran had a another try for Nenagh, again converted by David Corcoran, to give his side a 29-6 lead.
In the 65 minute NUIM Barnhall’s Tom McKeown got a touch down for the visitors.
The score was unconverted and the Kildare side returned home happy to see the job done with a a 29-11 defeat.
It has been a good season for NUIM Barnhall’s.