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Creggs defeat Corinthians in the Connacht Cup 


Corinthians RFC  0,   Creggs RFC  44.

Creggs booked their place in the Cup semi-final with an easy win over Corinthians in Galway on Sunday. Corinthians had put it up to Creggs in their two earlier League encounters but this time they failed to fire and the game had petered out as a contest by half-time with Creggs turning around 32 –0 ahead. Left-winger Chris Duignan opened the scoring with a try after 7 minutes quickly followed by prop Aidan Leech, his tenth minute try converted by Mark Brandon who added a penalty to leave the visitors 15 –0 ahead after 28 minutes. The intervening period saw Creggs go into a lull but the re-start from Brandon’s penalty ended Corinthians hopes as Creggs swept up the field with right-winger Luke Meehan crossing near the posts for a well worked try converted by Brandon. Two more tries quickly followed, from Mike Blighe and Kevin Brandon to ensure mission accomplished at half-time. Coach Pat Cunningham made wholesale changes at the interval and two of those introduced, Shane Purcell and Ryan Horan combined to send Horan over after 70 minutes, Purcell added the conversion before flanker Alan Brandon completed the scoring with a try on the stroke of full-time. Creggs are drawn to play Sligo in the semi-final on Sunday 11 March, the other semi-final to be contested between Ballina and Connemara. This weekend the team takes a break before League action resumes away to Ballinrobe on Sunday 18 February.

Creggs Rugby:  Kevin Gavin, Luke Meehan, Elliot Jennings, Tom Callaghan (Capt.), Chris Duignan, Mark Brandon, Eoghan Coyle, Tom Fleming, Sean Og Higgins, Aidan Leech, Brian Donoghue, Ronan Cahill, James Brandon, Alan Brandon, Kevin Brandon, Mike Blighe, Maurice Buckley, Peter Lohan, Ryan Horan, and Shane Purcell.

This coming weekend Creggs Firsts have no game. The team will resume Connacht League action  away to Ballinrobe RFC on Sunday week (Feb. 18th.). Training continues on Tuesday and Friday nights, with special training arrangements for this weekend.

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