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Connaught Junior Cup Second Round

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Creggs – 0
Castlebar – 12

In biting cold at the Green on Sunday Creggs were up against not just Castlebar but the reality that to have any chance of winning a game you must get some possession. Had this game a possession graph it would have been so skewed in favour of the visitors as to belie the relatively small points margin between the teams and until Castlebar’s open side Gavin Sullivan scored his second try in the 65th minute the game was delicately poised at 5-0. This was due to a number of factors, not least of which was heroic defence on the part of Creggs but Castlebar were profligate with the chances which came their way, missing five kickable penalties and at times their back play was surprisingly inept in the face of a consistently aggressive Creggs defence. Castlebar’s defence was however also very tight and quickly snuffed out any threat from Creggs strike runners, invariably on the counter attack. The match was won and lost in the set pieces, from the off Creggs struggled to get a footing in the game and having squandered a number of penalty chances Castlebar opened the scoring when Sullivan crossed in the left hand corner after 20 minutes. Ronan Conway missed the conversion and shortly afterwards Creggs reshuffled their backline, bringing in Enda Gavin at scrum half, Noel Flynn moving to out half and Sean Quinn to the right wing. The home side were however surviving on scraps of possession with the game played almost exclusively in their half. They managed to make a couple of forays out of defence but these yielded no return, Creggs best chance falling to Flynn who was narrowly wide with a long range penalty after 35 minutes. In the second half the scrum was critical with Creggs losing five successive put ins. This was not akin to the pre-Christmas game between the sides in Castlebar when the Creggs scrum was pulverised but nonetheless it kept Creggs on the back foot for the third quarter and building on that platform Sullivan pounced for the decisive score from a 5 metre scrum, replacement kicker Stephen Rogan adding the conversion. After that the Creggs scrum improved but it was too little too late and although Creggs finally threatened their opponents line in the closing stages with replacement hooker Sean Óg Higgins stopped just short Castlebar never looked likely to be deprived and now advance to the quarter final with Creggs entering the Plate. Next league match is this Sunday in Dunmore, kick-off 2.30.

Creggs : D Brandon, E Gilleran, B Kilcommons, C Brandon, B Egan, S Quinn, N Flynn, L Mannion, E Garvey, M Hester, R Cassidy, P Turley, T Nee, C Ryan, K Brandon.

Replacements : E Gavin, P McNeill, S O’Higgins.

Castlebar : M Staunton, D Moran, L Staunton, N Byrne, E Thornton, R Conway, D Togher, L Molloy, I McDonagh, B Flannery, D Mulgrew, R Hughes, M Staunton, G Staunton, D Staunton.

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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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