Creggs 2nds 17. Monivea 2nds 21
Creggs and Monivea served up an exciting and free-flowing game at The Green in Sunday’s Junior 2 League encounter. With a remarkable improvement in underfoot conditions from last weekend, both sides threw the ball around at every opportunity in a frenetic opening quarter which resulted in Monivea leading by 14 pts to nil.
Creggs responded with some rousing play which yielded a fine try by the impressive Neville Walker,playing out of position at inside centre,who proved a serious threat in attack. Colm Malone, James Quirke and Darren Barney were key players for Monivea, and they steered their team to a 14 -5 halftime lead. However,Creggs dominated the third quarter with Alan Brandon leading the fightback with two tries in quick succession, the second a superb individual effort following a 40 metre burst to the tryline. Mark Brandon’s conversion put Creggs ahead by 3pts, but Monivea were not to be denied, and scrumhalf Ross Mc Kee knifed through the home defence for a match-winning try with just 5 minutes remaining. Darren Collins converted from under the Creggs posts before Steven Crehan was stopped just short of the tryline in the last play of the game, following an enterprising move by the Creggs backline. The entire Creggs panel played with determination and no little skill on a day where Monivea’s early tries proved decisive. In addition to the try scorers, Luke Meehan ,Brian Donoghue and Enda Tully also impressed for Creggs, while the returning Mark Brandon used his experience to good effect at standoff. Training continues on Tuesdays and Fridays 8pm, new players always welcome.
Creggs: Stephen Crehan, Rory O Donoghue, Rory Collins, Neville Walker, David Hoare, Mark Brandon, Chris Duignan, Ed Conlon, Enda Tully, Brian Coady, Declan Nee, Kevin Rushe, Graham Curran, Alan Brandon, Brian Donoghue, Ken Loughrey, Paul Mc Neill, Luke Meehan.