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Connacht U18 League Division I


Creggs 17 Ballinasloe 28

2 late tries saw Ballinasloe emerge victorious in a very hard fought and exciting Under 18 game played in Creggs last Friday evening. Conditions were perfect underfoot and Creggs opened brightly but Ballinasloe got on the scoreboard first with a converted try by Connacht U18 player Simon Keller. Creggs however, replied after good forward drives by Edward Clinton, Tom Oates and Simon Spain led to a penalty by Shane Dowd. Then a Ballinasloe intercept try left them leading close to half time. However, a great break by outhalf Shane Dowd leaving a number of would be Ballinasloe tackles in his wake saw him score under the posts for a try he later converted. Half-time Ballinasloe 14 Creggs 10. Creggs rallied in the second half with great tackling by Conor McNeill, Kevin Gavin and Conor Gore led to the ball being worked through the hands of Michael Farrell and John Brennan to Shane Dowd and he cut through the Ballinasloe defence to score close to the posts for a great try that he converted. This left Creggs leading by three points with ten minutes to go. However Ballinasloe responded and good passing by their backs saw out half Donnacha Reilly score under the posts to secure victory for the away side. Creggs can be pleased with their performance and have another game next weekend. Training takes place on Friday night at 7.30pm. It is important everyone turns out.

Panel: B. McDonnell, D. Butt, B. Coady, T. Oates, M. Kelly, E. Clinton, R. Cahill, S. Spain, M. Farrell, S. Dowd, C. Leahy, C. Gore, K. Gavin, C. McNeill, J. Brennan, M. Butt, S. Doorly, C. McGee.

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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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14 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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