Under-18.5 Boys Connacht Plate Final Replay: Creggs RFC 15, Buccaneers RFC 3.
Creggs and local rivals Buccaneers squared off in the Connacht Plate Final Replay last Bank Holiday Monday in front of a big vocal crowd in Creggs.
Just like the first game last weekend, Creggs flew out of the blocks and straight from the kick off, they regathered and some fast thinking saw Darren Gately run in for a try in the corner with less than a minute on the clock.
Creggs continued to move the ball at every opportunity against their bigger opponents and Cormac Dolan who was back at 9 after missing last weeks game, moved the ball from the base of the rucks at speed to allow good interaction between backs and forwards.
In defence upfront Darragh Gilligan, Edimar Filho and Miquel Arthur were very prominent in the early stages while the centre partnership of Aodhan Looby and Jack Fleming thwarted their opponents at every opportunity.
Creggs stretched the lead after some fine work from Ciaran Purcell, Tomas Tiernan and Ben Johnson as well as Aidan Hoare got good field posiition and when Buccaneers were offside DJ Hession Slotted the penalty for an 8-0 lead with 20 minutes gone.
Creggs limited Buccaneers to very few opportunites and only on one occasion when an interception in midfield by the Buccaneers forwards saw the Creggs defence scrambling and both Senan Lambe and Conor Betts were not found wanting and made the tackles when required.
Other Buccaneers opportunities were limited to Driving Mauls from the lineouts but a combination of excellent lineout defence by Aidan Hoare and Ciaran Purcell in the air and good teamwork on the ground by the pack stopped the mauls at source.
The second half Creggs knew that Buccaneers would throw everything at them and again excellent defence from James Murray , Lee Kilcoyne and Michael Hoey up front and Ryan Conlon and Jack Fleming kept them at bay until 20 minutes from time when they kicked a penalty to reduce the deficit to 8-3 and it ws a one score game coming into the last quarter.
Again Buccaneers attacked but could not breach the Creggs defence with Noah Fallon, Aodhan Looby and Darragh Gilligan again prominent.
Then in reply, it was Creggs who looked more likely to get the next score and it came on the final whistle when after a few penalties Creggs kicked for the corner and an excellent lineout move allowed Lede Kilcoyne to dive over which DJ Hession converted from the corner to leave the final score 15-3 to Creggs.
Creggs Rugby: Ben Johnson, Tomas Tiernan, Miquel Arthur, Darragh Gilligan, Aidan Hoare, Ciaran Purcell, Edimar Filho, Lee kilcoyne, Cormac Dolan, Jack Fleming, DJ Hession, Aodhan Looby , Senan Lambe, Conor Betts, Darren Gately, Patrick Charles, Ryan Conlon, Michael Hoey, James murray, Aindriu Oates, Noah Fallon, , Eoin Kelly, Sean Kelly, Mark Kilcommons.