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Connaught Junior Cup – First Round

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Corrib – 13
Creggs – 19

Creggs advanced to the second round of the Connaught Junior Cup thanks to an impressive first half showing which left them 16-3 ahead at the interval. At the final whistle however Creggs were clinging on for dear life against a resurgent home side and only a fine interception by Tom Callaghan lifted the siege which threatened to see Corrib snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Or vice versa from Creggs perspective. The game began with a strangely muted Corrib offering little resistance to the visitors attacks which yielded 10 points within minutes of the kick-off. On six minutes Creggs out-half Sean Quinn slipped his opposite number to score under the posts for a try converted by Noel Flynn. Flynn added a penalty following further Creggs pressure four minutes later. The Creggs out-half then went close with two long range efforts before he landed two further penalties in the final ten minutes against a solitary strike from Corrib’s Evan Flynn to leave Creggs totally in command at half time. The opening salvos of the second half were in much the same vein, Creggs pressure affording Flynn another penalty opportunity which he duly converted to leave his side 19-3 ahead. And then something happened. Either Creggs lapsed into complacency or Corrib awoke from their slumber but suddenly looking like the Corrib of old the home side tore into the game and for the first time Creggs found themselves doggedly defending their line. Corrib had their dander up however and were not to be denied, a series of attacks culminated in a try for out-half Darragh O’Connor in the right hand corner which Flynn converted with a fine if unorthodox kick from the touchline. It got worse for Creggs as this heralded a series of interventions from the linesman, the most telling of which saw replacement prop Mark Hester dispatched to the sin bin within minutes of entering the fray and the resulting penalty converted by Flynn to leave his side within a converted try of victory. The momentum was now very much with Corrib but somehow Creggs weathered the next ten minutes whilst a man down and then the final ten minutes when Corrib pummelled their line but could not land the killer blow. Callaghan’s intercept finally lifted the siege and Creggs were mightily relieved to hear the final whistle sound.

Creggs now face Castlebar in the second round this Saturday with an evening kick-off under lights in the Green. Despite conceding home advantage Castlebar will start this game the strongest of favourites having dismembered the Creggs pack in their league encounter just before Christmas. The runaway league leaders are strong in every department and while Creggs previously ran them close in the Green the gap between the sides appears to have widened since that early encounter and a Creggs victory on Saturday would be staggering revenge for their drubbing in December. Creggs can however take heart from the fact that scrum half Enda Gavin has now returned after injury and the Corrib match was marked by an outstanding performance from the Creggs back row, Kevin Brandon, Tom Callaghan and Kieran Ryan. The acid test for Creggs will be the set pieces, an area in which they were decimated last month. Massive improvement is required in both scrums and line-outs for Creggs to have any hope of upsetting the odds.

Corrib : JJ Greaney, D Lee, O Carey, C Bane, R Casey, E Flynn, D O’Connor, J McHugh, D Higgins, S Moynihan, M Conroy, J Walsh, K Reilly, M P Lee, C Moylan.

Creggs : D Brandon, E Gilleran, B Kilcommons, C Brandon, B Egan, S Quinn, N Flynn, K Brandon, T Callaghan, C Ryan, R Cassidy, A Glennon, P McNeill, E Garvey, P Corcoran.

Replacements : M Hester, S Blake, E Gavin.

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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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