Connacht J1C League
Corinthians 7, Creggs 17.
Creggs maintained their challenge for the Junior 1C league title with a hard fought win over Corinthians at Corinthian Park on Saturday evening.
Creggs enjoyed the advantage of a strong downfield wind in the first half and turned around leading 17 nil at halftime, thanks to well worked tries by Luke Meehan and Michael Feeley and two conversions and a penalty by the excellent Brian Cleary.
Thereafter, it was all rearguard action as Corinthians piled on the pressure but they were constantly repelled by a tremendous defensive effort by the entire Creggs team.
Corinthians finally broke through for a converted try with just three minutes remaining,but by then it was too little too late to deny this hungry Creggs outfit.
The ball retention by the Creggs players was a major factor in this victory with huge carries by the Cahill brothers, Danny Arnold and Tommy Curley setting the tone from the start.
Cleary put Creggs 3-0 ahead with an easy penalty before Luke Meehan showed his power and pace to brush past several tackles for a fine try after 18 minutes.
Feeley’s try minutes shortly before half-time gave Creggs a significant edge, but the loss of rampaging No 8 Ronan Cahill was a major setback when he was forced to leave the field in the opening minutes of the second half.
Creggs’ strength-in-depth was put to the test when Michael Holland and Seamus Collins also departed with injuries, but their replacements performed well to keep Creggs in control of an intense, physical contest in difficult conditions.
Creggs host current table toppers Ballyhaunis next Friday night, with an 8.30pm kick-off in a game which could have a major bearing on the outcome of the competition. Please support the lads v the League leaders, as they attempt to continue their winning run and gain promotion.
Creggs Rugby: Colin Canny, Barry Egan, Luke Meehan, Enda Muldoon, Gerard Comer, Michael Holland, Brian Cleary, Tommy Curley, Danny Arnold, Eoghan Cahill, Damien Miskell, Seamus Collins, Michael Feeley, Ronan Cahill, John McDonnell, Matthew Curley, Enda Tully, Padraig Geraghty, Eugene Fleming, Fiachra Temple.