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Connacht Junior League – Match report


Connacht Junior League

Creggs – 14
Buccaneers – 20

For the second week running, Creggs managed a losing bonus point with nothing to spare in a hard fought match up with Buccaneers at The Green on Sunday. Played in sweltering conditions Creggs got off to the worst possible start, conceding a try directly from the kick-off. Strong running centre Billy Henshaw, having split the Creggs defence was stopped in his tracks by full-back David Brandon but offloaded to his supporting scrum half Gerard Fallon who ran in unopposed. David Fagan somehow contrived to miss the conversion and after 10 minutes Creggs secured a penalty converted by Noel Flynn following good work by the pack with Sean Og Higgins and Aidan Leetch particularly to the fore. Creggs were now shading the forward battle with the line out delivering and the Buccs scrum under pressure and took the lead from a second Flynn penalty after 20 minutes. The home side had a narrow escape when Henshaw was penalised for a double movement with the line at his mercy on the half hour and the teams turned around with Creggs 6 – 5 ahead. Within a minute of the re-start Buccs regained the lead when Creggs centre Conor Duignan was penalised and yellow-carded but notwithstanding the numerical deficit Creggs fought back and a third Flynn penalty saw the lead change hands yet again before Duignan re-entered the fray. After 20 minutes Buccs added a second unconverted try but Creggs narrowed the gap yet again when open side Niall O’Rourke displayed his athleticism in catching an overheard lob from Tom Callaghan and touching down at the corner flag. Henshaw got his long threatened try, again unconverted, with 10 minutes to go and although Creggs had further chances including an easy penalty passed up, that ended the scoring. Overall this was an impressive Creggs performance against a strong well drilled Buccaneers side, at full back Brandon hit a number of last ditch tackles, wing Stephen Kilcommons looked particularly sharp, at scrum half Chris Duignan added zip and penetration and the pack generally performed with hooker Owen Kelly and young second row Brian Donoghue both showing well in the loose. Creggs have no league match this weekend, away to Loughrea Sunday week.

Creggs : Kevin Rushe, Owen Kelly, Aidan Leetch, Tom Fleming, Brian Donoghue, Sean Og Higgins, Niall O’Rourke, Tom Callaghan, Chris Duignan, Noel Flynn, Stephen Crehan, Conor Duignan, Peter Lohan, Stephen Kilcommons, David Brandon.

Reserves : Mattie Corcoran, Ciaran Cawley.

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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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14 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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