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Tuam 13 Creggs 10

Tuam ground out a hard –earned victory over Creggs in Sunday’s Connacht Junior Plate game played in ideal conditions in Tuam. The game was a stop-start affair,punctuated by lots of scrums and very little flowing rugby. The highlight of a lacklustre first half was undoubtedly a superb individual try by Creggs fullback David Brandon,who carved the Tuam defence to shreds with a scorching 80 metre run to the tryline in the 25th minute. Brandon added the conversion to leave Creggs 7 – 0 ahead at halftime.
Tuam dominated the third quarter,with Owen Halion kicking a penalty before Brian Dempsey availed of an overlap on the right to crash over for a try as the Creggs defence was outflanked . A further try by Conor Hurst put Tuam 13 – 7 ahead , but Creggs hit back with a David Brandon penalty leaving just three points between the teams entering the final ten minutes. Despite their best efforts,and being reduced to 14 men for that period,Creggs could not break down the home defence and Tuam
held on for a win which owed most to their strong pack of forwards in which Shane Noone,John Fahy and David Cunningham were prominent. Veteran centre Owen Lydon was their chief playmaker in midfield,and he used his strength and experience to good effect. Tom Fleming,Trevor Nee,Kevin Brandon, Dave Flahive and David Brandon impressed for a Creggs side missing some key players for this game.
Tuam travel to Creggs on Sunday February 22nd(kickoff 2.30pm) for a vital League game at The Green. Creggs are safely positioned mid-table,while Tuam may need a win if other results go against them.
Creggs : David Brandon,Aidan Geraghty,Damien Miskell,Barry Egan,Matthew Brandon,Dave Flahive,Peter Lohan: Tom Fleming,Mattie Corcoran,Kevin Rushe, Brian Donoghue,Bernard Kilcommons,Niall ORourke,Kevin Brandon,Trevor Nee,Enda Tully,Declan Nee.

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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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