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Creggs battle out high-scoring Connacht League draw


Connacht Under-18.5 League Division 1:

Creggs RFC 31, Monivea RFC 31.

A classic game of two halves in Creggs on Sunday afternoon when Creggs and Monivea met in the Connacht Under-18.5 Division 1 League. Played in beautiful conditions both teams served up a 10 try thriller but this was a game that Creggs will certainly feel they had won and should not have let slip.

Creggs played brilliantly in the first half with Ronan Lambe, Jack Hanley, Tiernan O Sullivan, Darragh Kiernan being especially strong in the carry early on and the backs were also using it very intelligently in the early stages.

Ben Finnerty got in for Creggs first try, followed quickly by a try by Mark Purcell which was converted for a 12-0 lead.

Monivea then reduced the deficit to 12-7 with a try of their own before Creggs again increased the lead after a try from Ciaran Corcoran for a 19-7 lead but again Monivea refused to lie down and came back with a try of their own for the lead to reduce to 19-12 to Creggs.

A fine individual try for Mark Purcell which he converted and another for Aaron Lyons just before half time had Creggs leading 31-12 at half time and looking good for their lead.

A combination of individual errors and also a number of changes in personnel saw Monivea get in for a try early on in the second half but still Creggs looked confortable with a 14 points lead and they held this right up to 10 minutes from the end.

Then when a poor lineout saw the Monivea back row run 50 metres untouched to score under the posts and then a blocked kick was hacked down field by the Monivea played who gathered and scored in the corner which was converted to level the scores.

Creggs still had time to regather the kick off but again some individual errors say them come away empty handed and both teams had to be content with sharing the points

Creggs Rugby: Kian Moran, Eric O Doherty, Jack Tucker, Jack Keegan, Ethan Glennon, Danny Hill, Darragh Kiernan, Ronan Lambe, Ciaran Corcoran, Tirnan O Sullivan, Jack Hanley, Ben Finnerty, Cian Glennon, Mark Purcell, Jack Neenan, Daniel O’Brien, Jack Deegan, Aaron Lyons, Ryan O’Keefe, Adam Donnelly, Lorcan Maher, David Gaquin.

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