Connaught Junior League Division 1B


Castlebar – 20

Creggs – 3

This was the proverbial game of two halves, in the first Creggs compensated for set piece deficiencies with ferociously aggressive defence which clearly rattled the home side, in the second however Castlebar pulverised an already creaking Creggs scrum and the game closed out with uncontested scrums and Creggs surrender in that department complete. The opening exchanges were tepid enough but the game quickly built up to a furious momentum with Castlebar unable to turn territorial advantage into scores as Creggs tacked like demons and the normally smooth back division coughed up ball in the tackle affording Creggs the opportunity to counter attack. Castlebar lost their full back Mark Conlon to injury early in the game and the Creggs back three all punctured the opposition defence before Noel Flynn landed a penalty attempt for Creggs after 20 minutes, his side having earlier opted to kick to the corner when a shot at goal might have proved more productive. The Creggs lead was quickly cancelled when James Keane replied with a penalty goal resulting from Creggs failure to deal with the kick-off. The game continued to ebb and flow, Castlebar totally in control of the scrums and line-outs but Creggs knocking them down in mid field and looking dangerous on the counter. Unfortunately for Creggs a dropped pass ended one such promising attack and the resulting scrum gave Castlebar the platform from which they ultimately scored the game’s opening try, an unconverted pushover just before the half time whistle. The second half was very different, Creggs scrum and line out both shot to pieces and without any useable possession it was testimony to their defensive efforts that they only conceded two tries, the first essentially a second pushover credited to David Staunton after 20 minutes and the second on the stroke of full time when centre Ronan Conway finished off Castlebar’s only completed back move of the game. Jason Keane landed the conversion with a drop kick on the final whistle. The main concern for Creggs must be the hammering taken in the set pieces, particularly the scrums. Castlebar are not runaway league leaders by accident, they are efficient in all departments but with a particularly impressive scrum. On Saturday the gulf between the sides in the tight neutralised any defensive heroics by the visitors and meant there was always going to be only one winner here. Creggs now take a break over the Christmas, next up a hard first round cup game away to Corrib on January 6th with the prize for the visitors a home draw almost certainly against Castlebar the following week.

Creggs : D Brandon, T Callaghan, B Kilcommons, C Brandon, K Mulligan, S Quinn, N Flynn, K Brandon, P Lohan, K Ryan, S Blake, A Glennon, T Nee, P Corcoran, L Mannion.

Replacements : S O’Higgins, E Garvey, K Morris, P Leetch, D Hoare.

Castlebar : M Conlon, M Staunton, R Conway, L Staunton, N Byrne, J Keane, D Togher, D Staunton, G Sullivan, M Staunton, D Mulgrey, B Flannery, I McDonagh, L Molloy.

Replacements : M Moran, P Fabrey, D Glacken, D Moran, S Rogan.

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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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Good luck to all our Creggs Players starting their leaving cert exams today ... See MoreSee Less

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