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Excellent Cregg First Team Win Away v Monivea

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Cawley Cup – Round 3.

Monivea RFC 10, Creggs RFC 29.

Creggs maintained their 100 per cent success with their third win from three in the Cawley Cup. It points were hard-earned win over the Galway side at their Castle Grounds, in Monivea on Sunday.

However, the contest was much closer than the final scoreline would suggest with Brian Diffley and Tom Fleming scoring late tries as Creggs pulled away in the last ten minutes.

Depending on restrictions, Creggs are down next to face local rivals Dunmore on a Saturday night (October 24th.) in the final group game. Creggs will be hoping to preserve their 100 per cent record in order to secure a home semi-final draw.

Creggs got off to a good start when Brian Donohoe availed on an error in the Monivea line-out to touch down for an opportunist try after just 3 minutes of play.

However, Monivea hit back with a penalty before carving the Creggs midfield defence open with an excellent try under the posts. The straightforward conversion putting the home team ahead by 10-5.

Creggs responded with an impressive period of forward control which ultimately yielded a fine try to prop-forward Jack Tucker when he crashed over for a well-worked score. Shortly afterwards both teams were rather harshly reduced to 14 players following a brief skirmish as tempers frayed.

The teams were level 10-10 at halftime, but Creggs dominated the opening stages of the second half and were rewarded when full-back Shane Dowd scored Creggs third try, impressively finishing off a sweeping move by the backline.

Monivea conceded a lot of penalties in the build-up to this try, and eventually the referee’s patience ran out by issuing two yellow cards in quick succession to the home team.

Team captain, Brian Diffley’s 70th minute try, converted by Shane Purcell, came following a series of scrums and line-outs close to the Monivea line.

Tom Fleming’s powerful 20 metre run saw him cross for Creggs fifth try shortly afterwards, with Purcell again adding the conversion.

Creggs Rugby: Shane Dowd, Mikey Dunne, James Brandon, Mark Purcell, Eoghan Coyle, Shane Purcell, Aodha Hession, Aidan Leech, Danny Arnold, Jack Tucker, Tom Oates, Tom Fleming, Tom Farrell, Brian Donohoe, Brian Diffley, Sean Higgins, Eoghan Farrell, Ronan Cahill, Ronan Dowd, and Brian Cleary.

The First and Development squads had no games scheduled for next weekend.

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Creggs Firsts team took on Westport RFC in a league match on the 4g pitch. Conditions were perfect for players if a bit cold for spectators. Creggs started well with an early try by Aidan Leech converted from almost the touchline by Shane Purcell. After giving away a kickable penalty Brian Diffley finished off a forwards break scoring left of the posts converted again by Shane Purcell. Leading 14 -3 it seemed Creggs would pull away but Wesport replied with their own 7 pointer with Creggs having missed some tackles. Another penalty from Westport left it 14-13 at half time to Creggs. In the 2nd half Creggs had the wind behind them and kicked well into the opposition 22.. This resulted in a Kevin Gavin try in the right corner. Creggs leading by 19-13 kicked another great penalty pushing them 9 ahead. With 10 minutes remaining Eoghan Coyle collected a kick ahead and ran in under the post for another 7 with Shane Purcell converting. This was followed by a last ditch try by Westport with the final score 29 - 19. Creggs suffered a number of injuries and had to be subbed out but the replacements were excellent resulting in a solid win. CONGRATS ... See MoreSee Less

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Well done to Creggs U16 girls who went 17-0 down and came back in tbe second hald to win 24-17 in Ballinasloe this afternoon, great game of rugby by both sides.

The U16's made it a clean sweep for the girls teams this weekend with the U14 Teams defeating Ballina and the U18 side defeating westport.,both games played In Creggs yesterday.

Well done girls , coaches and thanks to all parents
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