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Ballina 20 Creggs 5

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Creggs U17 lost to Ballina last Sunday in Ballina in the Quarter Finals of the Connacht U17 Cup. Creggs were missing a number of players due to injury and unavailability and despite the best efforts of the lads who played Ballina proved too strong in the end.

Creggs opened brightly with good drives from Simon Spain, Brian Diffley and Brian Coady. They secured good field position close to the Ballina line but could not get across the line despite great effort by Rory O’Donoghue, Dan Butt and Andrew Mannion. Ballina scored a converted try on their first visit to Creggs territory and added a penalty before some neat interplay between Shane Dowd, Michael Farrell, Robbie Daly and Colm Fallon saw Luke Kelly cross the line for a great try.

Shane Dowd failed to convert and Creggs were back in the game. However, after half-time Ballina added two more unconverted tries and despite the valiant efforts of Conor Gore, Matthew Butt, Alex Syrek and Thyomas O’Byrne and Callum McGee Creggs failed to score for the remainder of the game. Final score Ballina 20 Creggs 5.

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Well done to the Creggs U16 and Creggs U18 Girls teams who have both qualified for the Final of the Connacht U18 and U16 Girls Division 1 Leagues.

Fantastic achievement for the club in our first year fielding in Division 1 of the U18 league and only our 4th season since we set up the girls youth section in the club.

The Girls u18 final will take place in Dunmore next Saturday at 12pm V Claremorris while the Girls u16 Final will take place the following weekend against Ballina.
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13 hours ago  ·  

Creggs RFC U.13s suffered yet another narrow defeat on Sunday last, this time away to Ballina in Sunday morning last. After conceding an early try from a Ballina scrum we were under real pressure when Brian O Connor put in a tremendous try saving tackle and we managed to force a turn over under our own posts and clear. We finally got a foothold in the opposing half and after a superb attacking scrum and great drives from Matthew Donnelly and Jack Lally the ball was fed to winger Luke Hayes who danced around the despairing Ballina defence to cross the line right on half time. Scoreline Ballina 7. Creggs 5 at the break.
The second half played out like the first with some resolute defence from the Creggs lads. However the line was breached on 12 minutes and now we faced a 7 point deficit. With just 3 minutes remaining and having put in a ferocious defensive display we were rewarded with a try by Michael O Brien who was in the right place at the right time to punish a poor Ballina defensive kick to leave just 2 points between the sides. In the last play of the game though we came unstuck while trying desperately to find the winning score as Ballina scored in the corner to leave the full time score Ballina 17. Creggs 10.
Training continues Wednesday evenings at 7 and we are away to Buccaneers next weekend.
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2 days ago  ·  

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