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Creggs U17 in Connacht League Final

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Creggs U17’s have qualified for the Division 1 Connacht League Final after a very impressive win over a very good Galwegians side in Ballyhaunis last Saturday. Played in wet underfoot conditions, this was a game played in the right spirit from start to finish between two very competitive sides who drew 14-14 only two weeks ago in the league.

Creggs began the game well and had the better of the territory and were making good ground through Dara Byrne, Rian Biesty, Melvin Conteh and Brian Maloney especially however in the early stages the Galwegians back row were very competitive at the breakdown especially when Creggs ventured into their 22″ and they turned the ball over on 4 occasions in the first twelve minutes and cleared their lines.Creggs did manage to take the lead on 13 minutes when Gawegians were penalised for going off their feet at the breakdown and Shane Purcell slotted a well taken penalty from 30 metres out. On 18 minutes Galwegians scored on their first visit to the Creggs danger zone when they moved the ball wide and kicked ahead and while it looked like the ball was knocked on while grounding, the score was awarded to winger Hugh Lane and Galwegians were now leading 5-3.

Creggs didn’t let that setback change their game plan and they were now presenting the ball faster and cleaner for Eoghan Coyle at 9 and that allowed Jason Hoare and Niall Cunniffe to gain some advantage out wide. Creggs also continued to pin their opponents back in their 22″ with some very good kicks from Shane Purcell. Tim Lambe and Ben McGahon and even number 7 John Martin got in on the act with a super kick at one stage.

After 22 minutes after some good work from Adam Finnerty, Danny Arnold and Ian Conlon, Creggs regained the lead when Galwegians were penalised in front of their posts which Purcell converted for a 6-5 lead. Creggs did not let up and three minutes later they were rewarded from some excellent work from Rian Biesty, John Martin and Dara Byrne and Melvin Conteh dived over which Purcell again converted for a 13-5 half time lead.

The heavy rain at half time, made the conditions very mucky for the second half and Creggs continued to move the big Galwegians pack around and pin them back in their own half, Creggs lost Cunniffe with an injury after 7 minutes of the half and Aaron Glennon did well on his introduction as did Brandon Hanmore who added fresh legs when introduced early in the half. A lot of the play was between the two 10 metre lines in this half an Galwegians were struggling to get the two scores they required and Creggs looked comfortable for most of the half until Galwegians did kick a penalty with 5 minutes remaining but Creggs never let them back down into their half to threaten their line for the try Galwegians needed and Creggs held out for the victory.

Creggs will play the winner of the second semi final between Corinthians and Sligo and the final is due to take place on Sunday 21st of February.

Creggs Ian Conlon, Danny Arnold, Melvin Conteh, Brian Maloney, Adam Finnerty, Dara Byrne, Aaron Glennon, Brandon Hanmore, Rian Biesty, John Martin, Eoghan Coyle, Shane Purcell, Jason Hoare, Niall Cunniffe, Tim Lambe, Juan De La Campa, Ben McGahon, Oisin Keenen, Mathew Curley, Emmett Quinn, Killian Higgins

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Well done to the Creggs U16 and Creggs U18 Girls teams who have both qualified for the Final of the Connacht U18 and U16 Girls Division 1 Leagues.

Fantastic achievement for the club in our first year fielding in Division 1 of the U18 league and only our 4th season since we set up the girls youth section in the club.

The Girls u18 final will take place in Dunmore next Saturday at 12pm V Claremorris while the Girls u16 Final will take place the following weekend against Ballina.
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13 hours ago  ·  

Creggs RFC U.13s suffered yet another narrow defeat on Sunday last, this time away to Ballina in Sunday morning last. After conceding an early try from a Ballina scrum we were under real pressure when Brian O Connor put in a tremendous try saving tackle and we managed to force a turn over under our own posts and clear. We finally got a foothold in the opposing half and after a superb attacking scrum and great drives from Matthew Donnelly and Jack Lally the ball was fed to winger Luke Hayes who danced around the despairing Ballina defence to cross the line right on half time. Scoreline Ballina 7. Creggs 5 at the break.
The second half played out like the first with some resolute defence from the Creggs lads. However the line was breached on 12 minutes and now we faced a 7 point deficit. With just 3 minutes remaining and having put in a ferocious defensive display we were rewarded with a try by Michael O Brien who was in the right place at the right time to punish a poor Ballina defensive kick to leave just 2 points between the sides. In the last play of the game though we came unstuck while trying desperately to find the winning score as Ballina scored in the corner to leave the full time score Ballina 17. Creggs 10.
Training continues Wednesday evenings at 7 and we are away to Buccaneers next weekend.
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