News, Under 18.5

Late Quinn try seals Connacht Final victory for Creggs


Creggs Rugby 17, Corinthians 10. Connacht Division 1 League Final

Creggs Under-18.5’s won the Connacht Division 1 League title last Sunday with a 17-10 victory of Corinthians RFC at Dubarry Park in Athlone. Played in beautiful conditions and in front of a large and vocal crowd, Creggs came out on top in a tight and exciting encounter.

Hail the all-conquering hero’s – Creggs Under-18.5s, the Connacht Division 1 League Champions.

Corinthians began the better and in the opening 10 minutes kept Creggs pinned back in their own 22″ and had a series of scrums before taking a 5-0 lead after 8 minutes.
Creggs then began to take a foothold in the game and up front Rian Biesty, Dan Butt, Ronan Cahill and Danny Arnold were now getting over the gain line. And in the set pieces Brian Maloney and David O Gorman were securing ball for the Creggs backs to work with.
However, it took right up to 34 minutes before the Creggs boys eventually broke through the excellent Corinthians defence when Melvin Conteh broke a tackle and made a 20 metre run before eventually being hauled down just short of the line and Eoghan Coyle moved the ball quickly out to Shane Purcell at 10 and the ball moved swiftly through all the backs for Tim Lambe to score in the corner. Purcell converted from near the touch line to give Creggs a 7-5 half-time lead.

Shane Purcell converted from near the touch line to give Creggs a 7-5 half-time lead.

Creggs continued to have the upper hand in the early parts of the second half but it was Corinthians who regained the lead after 12 minutes from a block down kick, they kept the ball alive to score in the corner. Again, they failed to land the conversion, so it was 10-7 and advantage Corinthians.
Having lost to the same opposition in the Undere-17 League Final last year it would have been understandable if the Creggs boys thought it was going to be one of those days but they did not.
Creggs continued to their game plan and got their reward and drew level from a penalty through Shane Purcell after 20 minutes, following Corinthians being caught offside at the ruck.

The Cregg’s captain, Eoghan Coyle collects the Connacht Division 1 League title trophy from the President of the Connacht Branch, Brian O’Beirne.

Creggs continued to attack and just when it looked like a draw was the likely result Creggs were awarded a penalty with 2 minutes remaining, Ronan Dowd stepped up and kicked the very difficult penalty which just dropped short but the follow up from Mairtin Quinn proved decisive when he pounced brilliantly on the loose ball and touched down under the post. Ronan Dowd converted to give Creggs a 17-10 lead with only a minute remaining and Creggs regained possession and with time-up, kicked the ball out securing the Connacht Under-18.5 Division 1 League title.
CREGGS Rugby: Melvin Conteh, Danny Arnold, Dan Butt, Oisin Keenan, Amuray Duarte, Aaron Glennon, Ian Conlon, Mathew Curley, Diarmuid Collins, Cian Gately, David O’Gorman, Brian Maloney, Rian Biesty, Ronan Cahill, Edward Clinton, Eoghan Coyle (Capt.), Shane Purcell, Jason Hoare, Dara Beirne, Mairtin Quinn, Tim Lambe, Ronan Dowd.

About the author / 


Facebook Posts

All 3 teams in action this weekend.
First up was U18s who played A training game Friday with Corrib. A very worthwhile exercise and many thanks to our hosts for making it such an enjoyable evening.
Saturday evening brought Creggs Rfc to Tuam where firstly u14s locked horns. Trys from Ailbhe Gannon,Juno Hayes,Doireann Clancy and Ceoladh Lydon were the topping on a fine team performance for this continually improving group. Strong performances too from Kyri Ruane,Louise Seoige,Sarah Smith and Heidi Watson.
Next up was the U16s. This was a cracker of a game where despite the best efforts of captain Hannah Clarke to drag her side into the game Creggs proved too strong on the day. Experienced players Beibhinn Gleeson,Keanah Irons and Charlotte O Grady continually offered themselves in both attack and defence but the powerful relentless ball carrying Creggs girls were deserving victors.
... See MoreSee Less

1 day ago  ·  

A great evenings Rugby tonight when Creggs Girls U14 and U16 travelled to play Tuam/Oughterard in Tuam in their first games of the season.

The U14's who had a lot of players playing their first ever game went down to a strong Tuam/Oughterard team but put in a great performance and then the U16"s Girls came out on top in a tough encounter against the same opposition.

Thanks to all that were available to travel tonight.
... See MoreSee Less

1 day ago  ·  

Good luck to all our Creggs Players starting their leaving cert exams today ... See MoreSee Less

5 days ago  ·