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Ballinrobe – 5
Creggs – 24

Creggs got the second half of their league campaign off to an impressive start with a bonus point away win in Ballinrobe on Sunday. When these teams met at the start of the season in Creggs the home side could only muster a draw but, battle hardened from their recent Cup run they piled on the pressure from the kick-off and after 10 minutes Eoghan Farrell powered over for a close range try converted by Brian Cleary. Despite continuous pressure the visitors failed to build on that lead until two minutes from half-time when hooker Sean Og Higgins added a second. This followed a storming run from Tom Fleming with the pivotal moment coming earlier in the move when Brian Donoghue intercepted a promising Ballinrobe attack to send his scrum half Chris Duignan away before feeding Fleming whose charge was stopped just short of the line, ultimately yielding Higgins’ try.

Duignan added a third, converted by Cleary mid way through the second half when he rolled out from a maul and scampered between the posts. The bonus points were added ten minutes later when full-back Kevin Gavin was on the receiving end of a great pass from the returning Shane Dowd and touched down in the left corner.

Ballinrobe’s Shane Kelly grabbed a consolation try shortly afterwards but the closing minutes played out as the game had begun with Ballinrobe desperately defending their line, this time successfully, before the final whistle sounded.

This was an impressive outing for Creggs, the scrum was solid, the back row took up where they left off last Sunday and both Donoghue and Fleming were outstanding throughout.

Cleary had another fine game at out-half as had Duignan inside him but Creggs will face a much sterner test on Saturday when they travel to runaway league leaders Corinthians, kick-off at Corinthian Park 2.30 pm.

Creggs : Kevin Gavin, Luke Meehan, Shane Dowd, Tom Callaghan, Michael Farrell, Brian Cleary, Chris Duignan, Tom Fleming, Sean Og Higgins, Eoghan Farrell, Jonathan Clarke, Brian Donoghue, Alan Brandon, Peter Lohan, Kevin Brandon.

Replacements : Stephen Crehan, Brian Cody, Enda Tully, Damien Nolan, Edward Clinton.

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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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13 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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