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Creggs – 10

Ballyhaunis – 9

For the second week running Creggs ground out victory by the narrowest of margins, this win over second place Ballyhaunis bolstering their position in the league following the fall-out from Monivea’s late withdrawal from the competition. Bottom of the table Monivea withdrew from the league with all their results declared null and void and Creggs who had garnered 9 points from their two encounters with Monivea slipped two places as a result. This win restores Creggs to mid-table although they need to get something from the last two away games to steer clear of the relegation zone. On Saturday night at a wet and windy Green Creggs dug deep in the second half to defend a perilous half time 10-3 lead courtesy of two first half tries from number 8 Mike Blighe and right winger Stephen Crehan. On a horrible night for kickers Mark Brandon was marginally off with two difficult conversions but just before half time Ballyhaunis opened their account with an easy penalty from out-half Gary Patterson.

Facing the elements in the second half the odds were very much against Creggs successfully defending their lead but they did just that with a ferocious rearguard action confining Ballyhaunis to two further Patterson penalties and on the break out from defence Creggs came tantalisingly close to stretching their lead with the Ballyhaunis line threatened on a number of occasions in a gripping second half. Most of the action however was at the other end and in a monumental defensive effort Creggs had heroes all over the park. The scrum pulverised the much heavier Ballyhaunis pack, Owen Kelly’s accurate throwing ensured a consistent return from the line-0ut, the flankers Peter Lohan and Kevin Brandon contested everything with their trademark intensity and between them Blighe was quite simply a force of nature. Further out the field David Brandon brought off a number of crucial tackles and both Stephen Kilcommons and Sean Quinn turned defence into attack with decisive interventions in the second half. It was however a collective effort that saw Creggs hold on and a losing bonus point from their two remaining games, away to Loughrea this week and Corrib the following week will be sufficient to secure their position in the league.

Creggs : C Cawley, O Kelly, M Tansey, T Nee, T Fleming, K Brandon, P Lohan, M Blighe, M Brandon, D Brandon, D Miskell, S Quinn, C Canny, S Crehan, S Kilcommons.

Reserves : M Corcoran, P Leetch, E Nally.

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All 3 teams in action this weekend.
First up was U18s who played A training game Friday with Corrib. A very worthwhile exercise and many thanks to our hosts for making it such an enjoyable evening.
Saturday evening brought Creggs Rfc to Tuam where firstly u14s locked horns. Trys from Ailbhe Gannon,Juno Hayes,Doireann Clancy and Ceoladh Lydon were the topping on a fine team performance for this continually improving group. Strong performances too from Kyri Ruane,Louise Seoige,Sarah Smith and Heidi Watson.
Next up was the U16s. This was a cracker of a game where despite the best efforts of captain Hannah Clarke to drag her side into the game Creggs proved too strong on the day. Experienced players Beibhinn Gleeson,Keanah Irons and Charlotte O Grady continually offered themselves in both attack and defence but the powerful relentless ball carrying Creggs girls were deserving victors.
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A great evenings Rugby tonight when Creggs Girls U14 and U16 travelled to play Tuam/Oughterard in Tuam in their first games of the season.

The U14's who had a lot of players playing their first ever game went down to a strong Tuam/Oughterard team but put in a great performance and then the U16"s Girls came out on top in a tough encounter against the same opposition.

Thanks to all that were available to travel tonight.
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Good luck to all our Creggs Players starting their leaving cert exams today ... See MoreSee Less

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