All-Ireland Junior Cup
Creggs Rugby 24, Clonmel RFC 36,
Creggs first ever game in the All Ireland Junior Cup ended in defeat against a strong and highly skilled Clonmel side at The Green on Saturday afternoon last.
However, there were a lot of positives to be taken from the home team’s performance against a Clonmel team which has dominated the Munster Junior League for the last five years, having won the title three years in-a-row and currently league-toppers again this year.
Clonmel got off to a great start with a try by fullback Luke Hogan after five minutes. Creggs responded with an excellent try by Maurice Buckley before man of the match Dylan Cadogan scorched unopposed through the Creggs defence for his first try, which was duly converted from under the posts.
With Clonmel now rampant, Shay Vandam added a third try and when scrum-half Cadogan found a gap in the Creggs line-out to score an easy fourth try, the signs were ominous.
But Creggs responded with some outstanding play which yielded two tries in the run-up to half-time. First, impressive fullback Ronan Dowd cut through at an angle before off-loading to his scrum-half Mark Brandon who touched down for a fine try which he also converted.
An excellent back-line move released Michael Feeley up the left wing and he did superbly to draw the remaining cover and pass inside to the supporting Tom Oates who crashed over for a top class score. Having trailed by 21 points, Creggs were right back in the game at 26 – 17 by halftime, with the wind at their backs in the second-half.
Unfortunately the third quarter was a non-event for Creggs with Clonmel dominating possession and territory, running in two well-worked scores by Gareth Mulcahy and Greg Carroll to pull further ahead.
A second try by second-row Tom Oates with just eight minutes remaining was too little too late to prevent the impressive Clonmel team from qualifying for a home quarter-final against CIYMS from Belfast.
Creggs were missing several key players for this game and it showed, especially in defence where Clonmel were able to carve openings in the normally tight defensive system.
Next Saturday – Connacht Junior 1 League v Buccaneers RFC
Creggs return to Connacht League action with a difficult assignment against Buccaneers at The Green on Saturday evening next, November 3rd, at 7.30pm. A strong support would be welcome for this local derby
Creggs Rugby: Tom Fleming, Maurice Buckley, Eoghan Farrell, Brian Donoghue, Tom Oates, Ronan Cahill, Brian Diffley, Kevin Brandon, Mark Brandon, Shane Dowd, Michael Feeley, Kevin Gavin, James Brandon, Chris Duignan, Ronan Dowd, Sean O’Higgins, Peter Lohan, Matthew Brandon, Edward Clinton, and Ja Hughes.
Senior Player Training
Training continues on every Tuesday (8pm) and Friday (8.15pm) for all senior players.
New and returning players always welcome. Membership now overdue.