Creggs U14’s travelled to Monivea RFC on Tuesday evening for the Quarter Final of the U14 Cup and came away with a 28-10 victory and have qualified to Play Buccaneers now in the semi Final next week.
This was a very impressive display by this Creggs team who had lost to this same Monivea side earlier in the season and at the same stage of the Cup last year.
Creggs played against the strong wind in the first half and kept the ball tight upfront with Thomas O Brien, Tom Farrell, John McDonnell and Adam Downey very prominent in the Forwards and Aodha Hession, Conor McCormack and Kevin Brennan carrying well and making ground out wide.
Although Creggs had the better of the early territory it was Monivea who took the lead after 15 minutes through their impressive out half Dean Reilly who gathered the ball and ran around the cover to score in the corner. The response from Creggs was impressive and they went straight back on the attack and were rewarded after 22 minutes when Jack Keegan picked the ball from a 5 metre scrum and crashed over which Mark Purcell converted to give Creggs a 7-5 lead at half time.
Playing with the wind in the second half Creggs continued to have the better of territory and after a series of penalties close to the Monivea line , Creggs opted for a scrum and moved the ball to Conor McCormack who dived over which was again converted by Mark Purcell to stretch the lead to 14-5. Monivea gathered the restart and knew that they had to get into the game. From a scrum outside the 22” Sean Farragher fed Dean Reilly who again went around the cover to score to narrow the gap to 14-10.
The next score was vital and Creggs again took control of territory with good work from Jack Tucker and Jack Hanley and 10 minutes from time Mark Purcell took on a long range penalty which just fell short and was fumbled by the Monivea defence and Roddie McGuinness gathered and dived over which Mark Purcell converted stretching the lead to 21-10.
Jack Keegan got the last score of the game when he made a line break at the 10 metre line and made it all the way to the line which Mark Purcell converted with the last kick of the game.
Creggs: Adam Downey, Tom Farrell, Thomas O Brien, Roddie McGuinness, Jack Tucker, Jack Hanley, Jack Keegan, John McDonnell, Aodha Hession, Mark Purcell, Conor McCormack, Kevin Brennan, Leigh Doyle, Paddy Gannon, Aaron Hannon, Sean Tully, Jonathan Whyte, Diarmuid Quinn, Sean Quinn, Cian Glennon, Andrew Naughton, Even Comiskey.