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Creggs Development team had a big away win v Tuam

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Tuam RFC 2nd. XV 12, Creggs RFC Development 27

Tuam 2nd. XV and Creggs Development teams served up an enthralling contest in Friday evening’s Connacht J1C League game played in difficult windswept conditions in Tuam. Creggs had to come from 12-0 down to overhaul the home team in the final quarter.

Playing into a strong wind, Creggs dominated the opening exchanges but fell behind when Tuam’s full-back sliced through the Creggs defence for a fine solo try, which he also converted.

Creggs looked to be in a strong position at half-time by confining Tuam to a 7-0 lead but they were rocked by another well-worked Tuam try shortly after the restart. Tuam fail to add the conversion on this occasion but 12-0 down looked a big ask for the Creggs men.

However, an excellent try by prop Tommy Curley, who barged past several opponents to touch down under the posts was the perfect response with Brian Cleary’s conversion reducing the deficit to five points.

Then Creggs went ahead for the first time in the 63rd minute when Michael Feeley broke through for a superb try, which Cleary converted with a well-judged kick. Feeley, along with his equally impressive backrow colleagues Peter Lohan and John Martin, put in a huge shift and helped Creggs to pull clear in the closing stages.

Brian Cleary added two further penalties to give Creggs an eight point cushion, before Tommie Devine powered over for a close range try to put the issue beyond any lingering doubt in the final minutes of a tough yet very sporting game. Scrum-half Brian Cleary added the conversion, ending up with an impressive 12 points from place-kicks, but it was his general play and leadership which really caught the eye.

Michael Holland provided solid support at out-half, while Luke Divilly and Tommie Devine combined well in midfield. The Gunning brothers also impressed, with Matthew Ryan, Aodan Kelly and Peter Keaveney all making invaluable contributions.

Up front, Eoghan Cahill and Tommy Curley were strong and industrious props while Tommy O’Brien has been a revelation since joining the squad. Damien Miskell and Eamonn Coyle laid a solid platform in the Creggs second-row, while player-coach Mattie Corcoran and Paul McLoughlin helped to close the game out when introduced to the fray.

A great away win for the Creggs Development team Creggs must now await the outcome of a two outstanding League games involving Corinthians to determine if their late challenge for a top four spot will be achieved.

Creggs Rugby: Darragh Gunning, Aodan Kelly, Luke Divilly, Jamie Gunning, Matthew Ryan, Michael Holland, Brian Cleary, Tommy Curley, Tommy OBrien, Eoghan Cahill, Damien Miskell, Eamon Coyle, John Martin, Peter Lohan, Michael Feeley, Peter Keaveney, Paul McLoughlin, Tommie Devine, and Mattie Corcoran.

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