Dunmore – Nil
Creggs – 18
With three rounds left to play Creggs stay top of the table thanks to this hard earned away win against Dunmore on Sunday. Creggs have a 6 point lead over second placed Castlebar going into the final stages with Tuam a further 4 points behind. Sunday was Creggs first league outing in 7 weeks and whilst the team were in good shape going into the game they were clearly ring rusty against a fired up Dunmore whose opening salvos belied their lowly league position and Creggs knew they had a battle on their hands as the big Castlebar pack imposed
themselves from the outset but they failed to break the meanest defence in the league and the home side’s early dominance delivered no return. As Dunmore tired Creggs began to exert pressure and after 25 minutes a sweeping movement, first left, then right, yielded a try for winger Luke Meehan to the right of the posts. Mark Brandon was off target with the conversion but made amends with two penalty goals to leave his side ahead 11 – nil at the interval. Now facing into the strong breeze Creggs provided a masterclass in defensive discipline conceding just one kickable penalty and their pack began to dominate the set pieces as the game progressed. A long period of pressure, in which Shane Purcell was close to crowning his senior debut with a try on two occasions, finally delivered when the Creggs pack steamrolled their opponents over the line with prop Tom Fleming getting the touchdown and Mark Brandon added the conversion to close the scoring as the game moved into injury time. This was a
good team performance, of the pack Alan and Kevin Brandon, Mike Blighe and Brian Donoghue stood out and Maurice Buckley coming in as a half-time replacement, slotted neatly into the no. 2 position on his first outing for Creggs since transferring from Trinity. In the backline, Meehan and Elliot Jennings constantly threatened and Chris Duignan was heroic in defence as Dunmore threw everything at Creggs in the opening quarter. This weekend Creggs play the Quarter Final of the Junior Cup away to Corinthians in Galway, kick-off
Corinthian Park 2 pm on Sunday.
Creggs : K Gavin, L Meehan, E Jennings, T Callaghan, C Duignan, M Brandon, E Coyle, T Fleming, S O Higgins, A Leech, B Donoghue, R Cahill, J Brandon, A Brandon, K Brandon, M Blighe, S Purcell, M Buckley, P Lohan, M Holland