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Great performance yields narrow home win

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Creggs Rugby 24, Tuam RFC 23. Connacht Junior League

Creggs overcame Tuam by the narrowest of margins at the Green on Sunday. The good Creggs win also deprived the visitors of a play-off for promotion to the top Division.

In perfect conditions the teams scored three tries apiece and Tuam will rue some dreadful place kicks which ultimately cost them the match.

Creggs never trailed from start to finish, albeit holding on for dear life at the death, all of their tries coming from close in forward drives, the first to Mike Blighe, the second to Eoghan Farrell and the third a penalty try.

Full-back Kevin Gavin and out-half Shane Dowd accounted for the remaining scores from the tee with Tuam also rotating kickers with most having an off-day in that department.

Throughout the game the pack were in control with Blighe, Tom Fleming and Brian Donoghe especially prominent.

Behind them Mark Brandon moved the ball impressively and further afield Luke Meehan and Gavin both had fine outings.

The pack performance however will best please Pat Cunningham and his coaching team with both drive and discipline in evidence throughout. There is only one game left for decision in this year’s League, Creggs v Castlebar, date and venue yet to be decided.

Sligo are the outright winners and are promoted automatically with Corinthians pipping Tuam for the play-off. Creggs are safely positioned in mid-table with Ballyhaunis relegated.

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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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