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

The Connacht le Chéile scheme will begin at the start of the upcoming underage season.

Aimed at increasing underage retention numbers, Connacht le Chéile — which means together in Irish, highlighting the languages importance to the province — guarantees all players a half of Rugby each, initially in Boys U13's and Girls U14's leagues.

Full story 👇🏼
... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago  ·  

Owing to the pandemic we have been unable to sell our books of tickets for Your Club Your Country Grand Draw face to face.

2020 it's all done with the click of a button.

Tickets are only €10 and the prizes are truly fantastic. We really appreciate your support.

The link to buy your tickets online is below:

Please share with family and friends far and wide.

We wish you well for the festive season and most importantly Stay Safe.
... See MoreSee Less

3 days ago  ·  

Great to see our own Hannah Coen, Connacht and Ireland U18 player last season out helping and giving encouragement to the 46 U14/u16 and u18 players training in Creggs this morning.

Great with all the current restrictions to see girls rugby going from strength to strength within the club with over 30 girls at minis on Saturday morning u6-u12 also and all within IRFU guidelines and in pods of 15. Any parents who could help out at the mini age groups please contact Micheal on 0894508759.

#CantSeeCantBe #20x20 #showyourstripes #bepartofit
... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago  ·