Connacht J1C League
Creggs Development 28, Tuam RFC 2nd. XV 30.
A last minute penalty goal by Tuam out-half Dave Lally deprived Creggs of victory in Saturday’s highly entertaining J1C League game on Creggs 4G pitch. However, their superb efforts were rewarded with two bonus points – one for scoring four tries and a second for finishing within 7 points at the end.
Playing against a stong wind in the first half, Creggs staged a remarkable comeback from 20-0 down after 18 minutes to lead by a single point 28 -27, with the game heading into injury time.
Driven on by a pack growing in confidence, half-backs Mark Brandon at 9 and the excellent Brian Cleary controlled the game well from out-half, with the experience of Tom Callaghan being very evident in the back-line
To their credit,Tuam launched one last attack which yielded a penalty under the posts when Creggs were penalised in the scrum. Tuam played some outstanding rugby in the opening quarter and ran in three tries through Dylan Reynolds (2) and Stephen Leo with Dave Lally adding a penalty and a conversion to leave Creggs shellshocked by their blistering start.
In truth, Creggs had made some basic errors in defence during this period, but thereafter they tightened up considerably and began to string some fine movements together. A powerful run by centre Tommy Devine saw him crash over for a super try just before halftime and Mark Brandon followed up with a well struck penalty to reduce the deficit to 20-8.
However, Tuam burst through for a fourth try before Creggs responded with a try by Martin Quinn, following good work by Brian Coady. Another fine kick penalty by Mark Brandon was followed by a well worked try by the impressive John Mc Donnell, which Brandon converted to leave Tuam ahead by 27 -23 with ten minutes on the clock.
Creggs hit the front for the first time in the match when outstanding fullback Martin Quinn rounded off a superb handling move with a try in the left corner, but Tuam were not to be denied with Dave Lally’s penalty sealing victory with the last play of the match.
Creggs can take a lot from this game, with the entire squad contributing to what was almost one of the most sensational comebacks of the season. A friendly game is being organised for this coming Saturday evening, to continue the squad’s development of good structures that will stand to them in their continuing Connacht League campaign. New and returning players are always very welcome to come along to Creggs for training on Tuesday and Friday nights. Players new to rugby also very welcome – full training will be provided.
Creggs Rugby: Martin Quinn, Eugene Fleming, Tommy Devine, Tom Callaghan, Chris Collins, Brian Cleary, Mark Brandon, Tommy Curley, Enda Tully, Matthew Curley, Damien Miskell, Robert Clarke, Graham Curran, Eoghan Cahill, Brian Coady (Captain), Aaron Glennon, John Mc Donnell, Eoin Mc Donnell, Stephen Crehan, Jack Haugh, James Mc Nally.