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Creggs Seniors v Ballinasloe

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On Saturday night last our senior team exited the junior plate losing 3 – 21 at home to Ballinasloe.The story of the match can again be put down to our lack of a stable set piece, both at scrum and line out. At any level of rugby, if you have not an adequate set piece you will not win games and this was highlighted at the week end.

For the first quarter the game was played in the middle third of the pitch and Creggs were able to contain a Ballinasloe side who, even though having a lot of possession were content with moving the ball from side to side. On 25 minutes we conceded a scrum penalty which was duly kicked by their outhalf. After half an hour Mark Hester replaced an injured Larry Mannion in the front row and just before half time we conceded another converted penalty leaving us 6 nil down at the turn.

Paul Turley came on for Alan Glennon on 44 minutes and two minutes later Noel Flynn slotted a penalty to get us on the board.The scored did not change for 10 minutes but after taking a clean lineout on our 22 Ballinasloe were able to maul all the way over for an unconverted try.Another penalty from a scrum infringement left it 3 -14 with 22 minutes remaining.Gareth McElhone was introduced for Peter Lohan on the wing in the 65th minute.

After sustained pressure Ballinasloe were able to burrow over from close in and the successful conversion finished the scoring in the 75th minute.

Next up is a return to the league program and hopefully some of our forward issues can be resolved.

Team Sean Higgins, Enda Garvey,Larry Mannion,Alan Glennon,Ray Cassidy,Trevor Mee,Kevin Brandon,Tom Callaghan,Enda Gavin,Noel Flynn,Barry Egan,Berney Kilcommins (capt),Peter Lohan,Kieran Ryan,David Brandon.

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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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14 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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