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Creggs win Curley Cup Final in style

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Creggs RFC 47, Corinthians 5.

Creggs eventually ran out easy winners in an entertaining Cup final played in perfect conditions at Ballyhaunis on Friday night last.

However, the final scoreline does scant justice to a Corinthians team which put it up to Creggs for 60 minutes before being overwhelmed in the final quarter.

Corinthians started in whirlwind fashion and scored a fine try after just 3 minutes. They continued to dominate the opening quarter and only stout defence prevented further scores as their high tempo game clearly unsettled Creggs.

Gradually the Creggs pack became more influential and an Andrew Callaghan try levelled the scores at 5 all after 24 minutes. Two Mark Brandon penalties stretched Creggs lead to 11 5 by halftime.

Winger Chris Duignan produced a moment of magic with a superb interception shortly after half-time and he romped home from halfway to touch down under the posts.
Alan Brandon added 2 tries one of which was a superb solo effort while Eoghan Coyle and Elliot Jennings also scored tries to put Creggs out of sight.

The final try was one of the highlights of the game with prop forward Eoghan Farrell showing his power and pace to cut through for a fine score in the closing minutes of a highly entertaining contest.

This game brought the season to an end in style for a Creggs side which has now captured 2 trophies in the last month as well as winning promotion to J1A League for next season.
Great credit is due to the players and their management team and their success is richly deserved.

Creggs Rugby: Shane Purcell, Chris Duignan, Elliot Jennings, Kevin Gavin, Eoghan Coyle, Mark Brandon, Andrew Callaghan, Tom Fleming, Sean Og Higgins, Aidan Leech, Kevin Brandon, Brian Donoghue, Alan Brandon, Tom Callaghan, James Brandon, Mike Blighe, Peter Lohan, Luke Meehan, Ronan Cahill, and Eoghan Farrell.

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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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2 days ago  ·  

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