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Creggs 34 Loughrea 10

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Creggs produced their best display of the season to run in five tries against Loughrea at The Green in Sunday’s League game . Creggs dominated the early exchanges,with the frontrow gaining an edge which they maintained throughout the game, despite scrumming down against a heavier pack. Dynamic flanker Peter Lohan scored the opening try,when he crashed over the Loughrea line in the 18th minute after a series of well orchestrated drives by the forwards . Ger Heneghan converted from under the posts to put Creggs 7-0 ahead. A sweeping backline move gave David Brandon space on the outside,which he took to devastating effect, to run in a superb try in the 28th minute as Creggs continued to dominate territorially. Ger Heneghan kicked a fine penalty goal shortly before halftime to leave the home side comfortably ahead at 15 – 0.

However,Loughrea introduced Mark Mullins at the break,and his strength and experience helped turn the forward battle in their favour for a period as Creggs struggled to contain the invigorated visitors. Mullins was on the end of a well executed move by the Loughrea forwards to power over for a try in the 52nd minute,but Creggs responded immediately with a decisive third try by alert scrumhalf Andrew Callaghan. Callaghan knifed through the Loughrea defence,following great work by Bernard Kilcommons , to put Creggs firmly in control,and Heneghan’s conversion left Creggs 22-3 ahead. Ger Heneghan then produced an excellent crossfield kick which fullback David Brandon finished off for his second try of the game. Winger Dave Flahive scored Creggs fifth try in the 72nd minute,when he picked up a loose ball in midfield and left the Loughrea cover for dead.Ger Heneghan’s well-struck conversion completed the Creggs scoring,before Colm Mahon grabbed a last minute try for Loughrea.

This was a very impressive display by Creggs,continuing an excellent run of form which has turned the season around in dramatic fashion with five wins in the last six games after a slow start to the League campaign. Great credit is due to the coaching staff for this transformation,while this young group of players has huge potential to improve further with youngsters like Brian Donoghue,Niall O’Rourke and Kevin Rushe making a big impact this season.

Creggs have a break from competitive action next weekend,before taking on the winners of Tuam and Ballinrobe in the Connacht Junior Cup in a fortnight.(venue to be finalised)
Creggs : David Brandon,Aidan Geraghty,Ger Heneghan,Tom Callaghan,Dave Flahive,Noel Flynn,Andrew Callaghan: Tom Fleming,Mattie Corcoran,Paul Mc Neill, Brian Donoghue,Bernard Kilcommons,Niall ORourke,Peter Lohan,Kevin Brandon,Kevin Rushe,Enda Tully,Chris Duignan.

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