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Corrib 6 Creggs 17

Creggs travelled to Headford on Sunday for a vital League game,and came away with a hard-earned victory against a strong and determined Corrib team. Creggs faced into a strong downfield wind in the first half,and conceded an early penalty which fullback Evan Flynn kicked from 40 metres to give his team an encouraging start. The opening exchanges were littered with handling errors as both teams struggled to deal with the conditions,and scoring chances were at a premium. Evan Flynn kicked another penalty midway through the half when Creggs were penalised for offside,and he had another long range effort which he missed as Corrib piled on the pressure. Just before halftime,Creggs swept upfield with some fine handling by the backs,and impressive centre Ger Heneghan cut through the Corrib defence to touch down for a try under the posts ,which he then converted to give Creggs a 7-6 lead. Shortly after the break,Heneghan extended Creggs lead with a superbly struck penalty from the right wing .

However, Corrib now raised the tempo and they began to dominate the battle for possession,pinning Creggs deep inside their own half for long spells. Only staunch defence kept Corrib out as they pummelled the Creggs tryline on numerous occasions,and when Creggs were reduced to 14 after a harsh sinbinning,it really looked ominous .But Corrib failed to release with the tryline looming,and a relieving clearance by Ger Heneghan took play back downfield to a position where Creggs could launch their backs into action. Some impressive moves by the backs came to nothing as the final pass went astray ,and so the game was finely balanced until Andrew Callaghan burst through for the matchwinning try in the 75th minute,following a huge drive by the Creggs scrum. Ger Heneghan converted to seal the outcome, despite the best efforts of Charlie Sullivan,Evan Flynn and centre Eric Flynn,who looked dangerous on the counter-attack.

The Creggs pack stood up manfully against the powerful Corrib forwards, with Kevin Brandon,Tom Fleming,Mattie Corcoran,Peter Lohan and Bernard Kilcommons to the fore throughout. On a day when conditions were extremely difficult,Dave Flahive had a superb game on the right wing,while Ger Heneghan’s overall contribution was immense,alongside the hard-tackling Creggs captain,Tom Callaghan.

Creggs next game is at home to Loughrea on Sunday next at 2.30pm.
Creggs : David Brandon,Aidan Geraghty,Ger Heneghan,Tom Callaghan,Dave Flahive,Noel Flynn,Andrew Callaghan: Tom Fleming,Mattie Corcoran,Paul Mc Neill, Brian Donoghue,Bernard Kilcommons,Niall ORourke,Peter Lohan,Kevin Brandon,Kevin Rushe,Tom Flynn.

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