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Loughrea – 11

Creggs – 0

With the final round of league games scheduled for this weekend Creggs are still in mathematical danger following this defeat at the hands of Loughrea on Sunday. Creggs problems began before the kick off with a number of last minutes defections leaving a totally untested back division taking the field, or rather the bog which Loughrea’s pitch more closely resembles at this stage of the season.

Creggs failed to adapt to conditions under foot and from the outset the home side had a palpable advantage in the scrum, shunting Creggs off their first put in, a feat repeated throughout the first half when Creggs failed to register on the score line notwithstanding a strong wind advantage.

Creggs seemed to be getting their body positions all wrong both in set pieces and general play, coming in far too high and being constantly driven back by a home team hitting lower and harder than their opponents. This ultimately translated into the only score of the first half, a pushover try after 12 minutes which Dan Murray failed to convert. Thereafter Creggs had 2 penalty chances which went abegging and by the turnaround found themselves in serious trouble, having lost flanker Eoin Kelly, prop Mike Tansey, fullback Stephen Kilcommons and centre Damien Miskell to injury. At least two of these were directly attributable to the conditions and matters were not helped by a hands off referee, whose failure to intervene in the face of an outrageous lineout infraction by the home side resulted in a touchline free for all shortly before half time.

Facing into the elements in the second half and further depleted from injuries Creggs battled manfully but inevitably Loughrea added further points, 2 penalties from Murray and should have added a second try on the stroke of full time as left winger Eoin Morrissey spilled the ball with the line at his mercy.

Creggs can take few positives from this outing, yet again Kevin Brandon and Peter Lohan performed heroically but with a mounting injury list heading into the final weekend against bottom placed Corrib, Creggs will be anxious to secure their own salvation rather than relying on results elsewhere to maintain their league status.

Creggs : A Leetch, E Garvey, M Tansey, T Fleming, T Nee, E Kelly, P Lohan, K Brandon, M Brandon, P Leetch, D Feeney, D Miskell, E Tully, S Crehan, S Kilcommons.

Replacements : E O’Rourke, L Nally, P Corcoran, K Raftery, D Nee.

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All 3 teams in action this weekend.
First up was U18s who played A training game Friday with Corrib. A very worthwhile exercise and many thanks to our hosts for making it such an enjoyable evening.
Saturday evening brought Creggs Rfc to Tuam where firstly u14s locked horns. Trys from Ailbhe Gannon,Juno Hayes,Doireann Clancy and Ceoladh Lydon were the topping on a fine team performance for this continually improving group. Strong performances too from Kyri Ruane,Louise Seoige,Sarah Smith and Heidi Watson.
Next up was the U16s. This was a cracker of a game where despite the best efforts of captain Hannah Clarke to drag her side into the game Creggs proved too strong on the day. Experienced players Beibhinn Gleeson,Keanah Irons and Charlotte O Grady continually offered themselves in both attack and defence but the powerful relentless ball carrying Creggs girls were deserving victors.
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A great evenings Rugby tonight when Creggs Girls U14 and U16 travelled to play Tuam/Oughterard in Tuam in their first games of the season.

The U14's who had a lot of players playing their first ever game went down to a strong Tuam/Oughterard team but put in a great performance and then the U16"s Girls came out on top in a tough encounter against the same opposition.

Thanks to all that were available to travel tonight.
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Good luck to all our Creggs Players starting their leaving cert exams today ... See MoreSee Less

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