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Creggs – 40
Ballyhaunis – 14

As the league hits the half way mark this bonus point win, their fourth such in four games, moves Creggs to the top of the table with a five point margin over second placed Tuam.

Played in harsh but mainly dry conditions Creggs drew first blood when full back Dave Flahive touched down in the left corner after seven minutes. The build up to the score saw good forwards and backs interplay with Flahive on the receiving end of a beautifully floated pass from out-half Shane Dowd. The lead was short-lived however, Ballyhaunis capitalising on Creggs failure to deal with a high kick as Ryan Convey pounced before adding the conversion himself to leave the visitors 7-5 ahead. Creggs responded quickly, a deftly reversed attack putting right winger Stephen Crehan in for a try under the posts at twenty five minutes. Dowd miscued the conversion but made amends ten minutes later posting home a more difficult kick after hooker Sean Og Higgins had added a third Creggs try. From the ensuing kick-off Creggs attacked again affording Dowd a penalty attempt which he duly converted to leave his side 20-7 ahead. The bonus point was achieved just before half time when Tom Oates brilliantly stole a Ballyhaunis throw on his own 22, Creggs broke quickly out of defence and with the opposition in total disarray Creggs were awarded a penalty try which Dowd converted to leave his side 27-7 ahead at the interval. Creggs were less impressive in the second half, performing fitfully and a number of scoring changes went abegging due to handling errors and misdirected last passes. Ballyhaunis capitalised on this with scrum half Gabriel Gallagher diving over from a five metre scrum and Convey’s conversion brought his side to within two scores as the game entered its final quarter. That was as close as they got however, Creggs pulled away with two further Dowd penalties and Kevin Gavin, making his senior debut as replacement full-back, scored his side’s fifth try following a defence splitting diagonal run by Dowd who added the conversion to complete the scoring. Overall this was an impressive showing by Creggs, the back-line gelling well with half-backs Dowd and Andrew Callaghan again superb, Tom Oates lording the line-outs, Aidan Leech prominent in the loose with old hands Tom Fleming and Kevin Brandon to the forefront of a pack which left the visitors living off scraps throughout. Creggs have two home games before the Christmas break, the first against third placed Castlebar at the Green this Saturday, K. O. time to be confirmed.

Creggs : D Flahive, S Crehan, B Egan, T Callaghan, P Leech, S Dowd, A Callaghan, K Brandon, P Lohan, M Brandon, B Kilcommons, T Oates, E Conlon, S O Higgins, T Fleming, A Leech, N Walker, R Horan, K Gavin, B Donoghue.

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Well done to Creggs RFC'S U18's representatives v Munster in UL today, Ciaran Purcell, Lee Kilcoyne and Eoin Kelly.

Great to see the lads playing today, not having played any game since March 2019 due to the lockdown restrictions.
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Good luck to Creggs RFC players Ryan Conlon, Senan Lambe and DJ Hession who line out for Roscommon Minor Footballers in tonights Connacht quarter final against Mayo ... See MoreSee Less

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Creggs RFC were honoured today with a visit from Ireland and Lions star Gordon Darcy. Beautiful weather and a large socially distanced crowd welcomed Gordon and his brother Ian to Creggs. He is on day two of a four day 850km charity cycle raising funds for Barretstown.
Gordon now a successful children's book author had many young fans waiting for him with copies of his books for signing. Gordon Darcy complimented Creggs RFC on the fabulous new development (dressing rooms and gym) which is under construction and the 4g pitch which is the only one of its kind in Connacht.
He also commended the policy which sees the facility used by other local sports clubs.
We wish Gordon well as he endeavors to complete his journey back to Dublin at the weekend.
A legend in every sense of the word.
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