Connacht J1C League
Ballyhaunis 34, Creggs Development 19.
Ballyhaunis superior forward power proved decisive in last Saturday’s Junior 1C League game played in ideal conditions at Ballyhaunis RFC grounds.
Ballyhaunis have a very strong pack of experienced forwards,and they used this advantage to good effect in the early stages to dominate the scrum and crossed for a try after just five minutes.
However, Creggs gradually settled into the game and some excellent interplay between Alan Brandon, Amory Duarte and fullback Martin Quinn resulted in a fine try for the highly impressive Quinn. Mark Brandon converted to give Creggs a 7-5 lead at half-time.
Ballyhaunis really upped their game in the third quarter and added two tries in quick succession to lead by 19-7, before Creggs hit back with another fine try by Martin Quinn following some slick handling by the backline.
However, Ballyhaunis broke down the field for another well-worked try and followed this up with a 40 metre drop goal by out-half Ryan Convey as the game moved into the final quarter.
Creggs responded with a fine try by Colin Canny, converted by Mark Brandon, to leave just 8 points between the teams but Ballyhaunis finally put the issue beyond doubt with a converted try in the 78th minute of a highly entertaining game.
Creggs Development have a home game against Corinthians next Saturday and can take heart from many aspects of the Ballyhaunis game, where they showed great spirit and no little skill in difficult circumstances.
Creggs Rugby: Martin Quinn, Chris Collins, Tommie Devine, Ronan Cahill, Amory Duarte, Michael Holland, Mark Brandon, Tommy Curley, Enda Tully, Eoghan Cahill, Robert Clarke, Damien Miskell, Brian Coady, Alan Brandon, Colin Canny, Aaron Glennon, Matthew Curley, Damien Nolan, John Mc Donnell, David O Gorman, Jack Haugh, Eoin Mulrooney, Gerard Comer.