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Creggs U15’s into Connacht Final

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Creggs RFC 8 Corinthians RFC 5

Creggs U15’s have qualified for the final of the Connacht U15 Cup after a very tough encounter against Corinthians RFC in Creggs last Saturday.

A tough encounter was always on the cards between last years double winners Corinthians and this years league Winners Creggs and this one certainly lived up to its expectations.

The first half was a very even encounter and Creggs had the better of the territory but Corinthians looked more dangerous when they got into their opponents 22″. Creggs were doing well at the set pieces and up front Michael Conway, Ian Conlon, David O Gorman and Brian Maloney were doing very well in the tight and the loose. Creggs lost centre Jason Hoare early through injury and Reece Gilligan did well on his introduction as did Eoghan Coyle, Shane Purcell, Cian Gately and Niall Cunniffe and Adam Canny who had to put in tackles on their large Corinthians forwards who ran at them at every opportunity. Creggs had an opportunity with a penalty from Ronan Dowd after 12 minutes however in the wind the ball just drifted wide and the score remained 0-0 at half time.

Creggs picked up the intensity in the second half and were rewarded after only 2 minutes when James Brandon Picked from the back of the scrum and went on the blind side , Creggs continued to carry through Danny Arnold and Adam Finnerty and when Melvin Conteh was popped the ball he beat the tackle to go over in the corner to give Creggs a 5-0 lead. Ronan Dowd was unsuccessful with the conversion but two minutes later he kicked a very important penalty to give Creggs a 8-0 lead.

Creggs had to reshuffle and the squad was tested when they lost both Ronan Dowd and Adam Finnerty through injury 15 minutes into the second half but Daire Byrne and Dylan Crehan were outstanding on their introduction also. Corinthians kept using their big forwards and in the last ten minutes were gaining good territory against the tiring Creggs defence and while Creggs defended bravely eventually Corinthians went over in the corner with 2 minutes remaining, to reduce the deficit to 8-5. There was just enough time for the kick off which Corithians knocked on and the referee blew the full time whistle which was greeted by great relief by both players and supporters.

Creggs will play a Galwegians side in the final who beat Ballinasloe RFC after a replay last Sunday. The date is yet to be decided

Creggs: Ian Conlon, Aaron Glennon, Melvin Conteh, Brian Maloney, Dylan Crehan, Danny Arnold, David O Gorman, James Brandon, Eoghan Coyle, Ronan Dowd, Shane Purcell, Reece Gilligan, Padraig Gaffey, Adam Canny, Cian Gately, Michael Brandon, Daire Byrne, Jason Hoare, Adam Finnerty, Michael Conroy, Niall Cunniffe, Brandon Hanmore, Adam Finnerty

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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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13 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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