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Nenagh Ormond
Sat 16 Sep 14:30 - IRFU Ulster Bank League - Division 2A Full time

Malone bag bonus poin victory on the road against Nenagh Ormond

Malone ran out bonus point winners against Nenagh Ormond by 7-37

The East Belfast side made the long journey to Tipperary to play rivals Nenagh Ormond in Round One of the Ulster Bank All Ireland League. Both teams had locked horns in the playoffs last season only to miss out to Dolphin who retained their place in Div 1B.

Nenagh are a big physical team who would present an opening day challenge for the 'Red Sox' players. Malone Head coach Paddy Armstrong had his team well prepared with the players taking a grip of the game in the opening 30 minutes. Tries from Ulster Academy prop Peter Cooper and centre Michael Cartmill along with winger Rory Campbell kicking two conversions and two penalties built up an 20 - 0 lead.

Nenagh did respond with a try by Willy Cooper converted by Clayton Stewart to leave the visitors leading 20 - 7 at halftime.

Early in the second half Campbell added another penalty to increase his teams lead. During a five minute spell entering the fourth quarter Malone closed the match out with two further tries from replacement scrum half Connor Spence and the bonus point try scored by Ulster full back Jack Owens, both converted by Campbell to leave the final score 37 - 7.

The scoreline may look quite flattering for Malone. This was a game that required considerable discipline from the visiting players. Nenagh were physical and played on the edge throughout the match. Referee Dermot Blake stamped his authority on illegal actions and foul play by yellow carding three of the Nenagh players.

Playing controlled and disciplined rugby was the goal of Head coach Paddy Armstrong and how the players responded through the leadership of Captain Ross Todd.

Both Malone centres Nathan Brown and Michael Cartmill looked strong throughout the match with winger David McMaster putting in a another fine performance. Winger Rory Campbell made it 7/7 to finish with 17 points.

Next week the team return to Gibson Park to play Cork visitors Highfield who opened their season with an impressive 35 - 19 win over Blackrock College.

Malone team: 1. Chris Griffiths, 2. Dave Cave, 3. Peter Cooper, 4. Josh Davidson, 5. Michael Shiels, 6. Max Porter, 7. Ross Todd, 8. Ryan Clarke, 9. Shane Kelly, 10. Callum Smith, 11. David McMaster, 12. Nathan Brown, 13. Michael Cartmill, 14. Rory Campbell. 15. Jack Owens, 16. Danny Kerr, 17. Philip Eadie, 18. Lee Barlow, 19. Connor Spence, 20. Josh Pentland.

Team selection

Owens, Jack Owens, Jack
Cambell, Rory Cambell, Rory
Cartmill, Michael Cartmill, Michael
Brown, Nathan Brown, Nathan
McMaster, Davy McMaster, Davy
Smith, Callum Smith, Callum
Kelly, Shane Kelly, Shane
Clarke, Ryan Clarke, Ryan
Todd, Ross Todd, Ross
Porter, Max Porter, Max
Shields, Michael Shields, Michael
Davidson, Josh Davidson, Josh
Cooper, Peter Cooper, Peter
Cave, David Cave, David
Griffiths, Chris Griffiths, Chris

League round up

Other Division 2A results

City of Armagh
Blackrock College
Galway Corinthians
Queens University


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Malone 18 75
2. Highfield 18 67
3. City of Armagh 18 49
4. Nenagh Ormond 18 49
5. Cashel 18 49
6. Queens University 17 42
7. Blackrock College 18 35

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