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Creggs Development team defeat the League leaders

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Connacht J1C League

Ballinasloe RFC 7, Creggs Rugby 10.

Creggs Development team recorded a memorable away victory over League leaders Ballinasloe in Sunday’s highly competitive Connacht Junior 1C game. This throws the title race right open.

CONNACHT J1C LEAGUE TABLE
 
P
TEAM
Pl
W
D
L
PF
PA
Diff
BP
 
Pts
1
Ballinasloe
7
5
0
2
129
69
60
4
 
24
2
Creggs
7
5
0
2
124
106
18
3
 
23
3
Tuam
7
5
1
1
96
83
13
1
 
23
4
Ballyhaunis
7
4
1
2
135
79
56
4
 
22
5
Carrick on Shannon
8
3
1
4
111
106
5
3
 
17
6
Corinthians
5
0
1
4
65
107
-42
2
 
4
7
OLBC
7
0
0
7
38
148
-110
2
 
2
 

Trailing 7-6 with just a couple of minutes remaining, Creggs were given a lifeline when Ballinasloe conceded a penalty just outside the ’22’ and scrumhalf Mark Brandon made no mistake to land the match winning score.

Ballinasloe still lead the table on 24 points, with Creggs on 23 points and Tuam and Ballyhaunis a further point behind so Creggs’ home game with Ballinasloe on January 25 will be eagerly anticipated by both teams.

A strong Ballinasloe team will be seeking to avenge their first League defeat of the season while Creggs will be aiming to extend their current run of five consecutive League victories.

Scoring opportunities were at a premium in a bruising first half with both defences on top.

Finally after the restart, Mark Brandon got the scoreboard moving with a penalty in the 45th minute, and he added a second penalty five minutes later during a period of Creggs dominance.

However,Ballinasloe upped the tempo from the restart, and began to ask serious questions of the Creggs defence. Some of the tackling by the Creggs men was truly heroic,with centres Luke Meehan and Enda Naughton rock solid in midfield, while Ronan Cahill at number 8 got through a mountain of defensive work .

From one to fifteen,Creggs continued to tackle with great enthusiasm, until replacement front-row Tommy Dolan finally crashed over for a well-worked try for Ballinasloe with 10 minutes remaining. Their fullback David Burke added the conversion much to the delight of the home supporters.

Creggs responded by attacking from deep,and some excellent line kicking by out-half Michael Holland forced Ballinasloe back deep into their own half, resulting in the concession of the decisive penalty so close to full-time.

Despite the low scoreline, this was a highly entertaining local derby with both teams deserving great credit for their commitment and skill.

Creggs Rugby: M. Fleming, P. Geraghty, E. Naughton, L. Meehan, B. Egan, M. Holland, M. Brandon, B. Coady, E. Tully, E.Cahill, D. Miskell, N. Walker, E. Fleming, M. Feeley, R. Cahill, T. Curley, J. Martin, J. McDonnell, C. Collins, J. Ryan.

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