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Creggs – 17

Galwegians – 48

During a brief window either side of half time Creggs clawed back Galwegians early lead to leave them just 7 points adrift as the game entered its final quarter. Ominously however Wegians pulled away again as their out-half Gavin Tynan waltzed over for a soft try and his team added three further tries before the final whistle to run out easy winners. Right winger Paul Power bagged three tries in the first half as Wegians amassed an early 24-3 lead, a penalty from scrum-half Ronan Kelly his side’s only reply in the opening half hour. The game already looked over at that point, Creggs having already lost their two props Peter Corcoran and Larry Mannion to injury. With Paul McNeill and Enda Garvey entering the fray, the re-shaped Creggs pack fought hard to get a foothold in the game and with scrum-half Ronan Kelly putting in an impressive shift the visitors defence was finally breached when second row Bernard Kilcommons finished a move initiated by Kelly with good support from winger Padraig Gavin and crossed under the posts for a try which Kelly converted. Creggs began the second half in similar fashion and despite Kevin Brandon hobbling off after 10 minutes, second row Tom Fleming moved back to no. 8 and with his back row colleagues Peter Lohan and Kieran Ryan launched a series of attacks on the visitors line which ultimately yielded a second try when out-half Sean Quinn crossed under the posts, Kelly again converting. That was however as good as it got for Creggs and the sleek Wegians backline ran them ragged in the closing stages, Creggs injury problems mounting as Kelly also left the field in the closing minutes. This Saturday Creggs play Monivea at The Green (KO 7 pm) and this has now become a must win for a team already bedevilled with injuries going into only their third league game.

Creggs : L Mannion, P Heavey, P Corcoran, T Fleming, B Kilcommons, K Ryan, P Lohan, K Brandon, R Kelly, S Quinn, P Gavin, T Callaghan, D Flahive, K Mulligan, E Collins.

Replacements : P McNeill, E Garvey, M Tiley, P Leetch, S Kilcommons, S Crehan.

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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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12 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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