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Connacht U17 League Division 1

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Creggs 23 Ballina 17

In an exciting game played in perfect conditions in Creggs last Sunday the home team showed great grit, skill and determination to emerge victorious, scoring 3 tries to two in a tight contest. Ballina opened strongly with their big pack of forwards gaining the upper hand. Shane Dowd opened the scoring with an early penalty but a series of drives from the Ballina forwards yielded a try under the posts which they converted. It looked ominous for Creggs but the forwards showed leadership with Alex Syrek, James Regan and Michael Kelly taking the game to the Mayo lads. This set up a platform for the ball to be moved from scrumhalf Michael Farrell to centre Colm Fallon and Kevin Gavin on to overlapping wingers Connor Gore who fed winger Luke Kelly. Luke then popped to Colm Fallon who was supporting him on the outside to score at the corner flag. Shane Dowd converted superbly from the touchline leaving Creggs three points ahead. However a misplaced lineout throw allowed Ballina in for their second try before half-time leaving the away team two points ahead at the break. 12 points to 10. The second half was a close encounter with no score for the first 15 minutes with forwards Simon Spain, Dan Butt and Brian Coady tackling everything that moved. They were well supported by a powerful back row of Thomas O’Byrne, Aidan Devine and Prop Andrew Mannion. Conor McNeill tackled well and cleared the danger on a few occasions when he replaced injured full back Robbie Daly. Finally Creggs drove through the Ballina defence and a high tackle on Shane Dowd yielded a penalty which the out half converted, he followed that up with another penalty leaving Creggs four points ahead with five minutes left. Ballina launched another attack looking for the winning try but a superb backline move involving all the backs from deep inside their own 25 lead to Kevin Gavin scoring the match winning try in the corner. Shane Dowd converted from the touchline once again leaving Creggs 11 points to the good. A late try from Ballina left the final score Creggs 23 Ballina 17.

Panel: S. Spain, D. Butt, B. Coady, M.Kelly, A. Devine, T. O’Byrne, J. Regan, A. Syrek, M. Farrell, S. Dowd, C. Fallon, C. Gore, K. Gavin, L. Kelly, R. Daly, C. McNeill, A. Mannion, C. Leahy.

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Well done to Creggs RFC'S U18's representatives v Munster in UL today, Ciaran Purcell, Lee Kilcoyne and Eoin Kelly.

Great to see the lads playing today, not having played any game since March 2019 due to the lockdown restrictions.
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Good luck to Creggs RFC players Ryan Conlon, Senan Lambe and DJ Hession who line out for Roscommon Minor Footballers in tonights Connacht quarter final against Mayo ... See MoreSee Less

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Creggs RFC were honoured today with a visit from Ireland and Lions star Gordon Darcy. Beautiful weather and a large socially distanced crowd welcomed Gordon and his brother Ian to Creggs. He is on day two of a four day 850km charity cycle raising funds for Barretstown.
Gordon now a successful children's book author had many young fans waiting for him with copies of his books for signing. Gordon Darcy complimented Creggs RFC on the fabulous new development (dressing rooms and gym) which is under construction and the 4g pitch which is the only one of its kind in Connacht.
He also commended the policy which sees the facility used by other local sports clubs.
We wish Gordon well as he endeavors to complete his journey back to Dublin at the weekend.
A legend in every sense of the word.
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