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Seconds – Connacht Junior 2 League

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Tuam RFC 2nds. 17, Creggs 2nds. 10

Tuam edged out a spirited Creggs team in this hard-fought Connacht Junior 2 League game, played in ideal conditions in Tuam on Saturday evening last.

Tuam went ahead after 12 minutes when impressive outhalf Eoin Kelly chipped over the Creggs defence and collected his own kick to touch down under the posts for a fine solo score. Remarkably,he then missed the easiest of conversions.

Creggs responded with some powerful forward play,which yielded a successful penalty kick by Noel Flynn to reduce the deficit to 5-3.

Just before halftime, Kelly kicked a penalty to leave Tuam 8-3 ahead,and he continued to punish Creggs with three more successful penalty kicks before the game entered the final quarter.

Thereafter, the introduction of fresh legs, notably Mattie Corcoran and Niall Quinn, brought about a resurgence in the Creggs pack, with Tuam being forced on to the backfoot as Creggs began to dominate territorially.

Eventually, a backline move resulted in strong-running centre Ross Mugan powering through the Tuam defence for a well-deserved try,which Noel Flynn converted.

Creggs fought hard in the closing stages, but Tuam were not to be denied, and showed their strength and experience to close out the game, with Owen Lydon, the Kelly brothers and Barry Ruane to the fore. Kieran Coyne, Enda Tully and Kieran Ryan impressed in the Creggs pack, while there were solid displays from senior debutant outhalf Ryan Horan, and winger James Ryan.

Creggs : David Hoare, James Ryan, Tom Deane, Kieran Ryan, Johnny Pontier, Ryan Horan, Noel Flynn: Brian Coady, Enda Tully, Peter Heavey, Damien Nolan, Declan Nee, Graham Curran, Aidan Leech,
Kieran Coyne, Paul McNeill, Sean Mc Neill, Rory O Donoghue, Niall Quinn, Mattie Corcoran, Pat Mc Donagh, Ross Mugan, Mike Mc Neill.

The next First Team Connacht League fixture is v Connemara RFC on Sunday, November 1st at 2.30pm in Creggs. Training continues on Tuesdays, and Fridays at 8.00 pm. New players always welcome.

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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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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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