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Creggs v Ballinrobe

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Connaught Junior Cup Second Round

Creggs – 35
Ballinrobe – 3

With two minutes remaining a try from number 8 Kevin Brandon secured a bonus point win for Creggs over bottom of the table Ballinrobe. Creggs are now joint second with Ballyhaunis with two rounds to go but in a tightly clustered league only 8 points separate second top from second bottom with leaders Castlebar coming back into view having lost their last two games. On Sunday Creggs 4 tries were supplemented by 15 points from the boot of outhalf Noel Flynn who delivered an almost flawless place kicking performance. Flynn notched up his side’s opening points, two penalties in the first 10 minutes. Creggs pressed relentlessly but it was a counter attack which yielded the first try, David Brandon breaking from his own 22 along the right touchline, the Creggs fullback was hauled down just short of the try line but right wing Sean Quinn was on his shoulder to score at the corner flag, Flynn landing a magnificient conversion. Ballinrobe reduced the deficit with a penalty goal shortly afterwards but Creggs added a second try within minutes with a move initiated by number 7 Tom Callaghan, taken up the left wing by David Brandon and finished in the left corner by centre Barry Egan. Flynn was just off target with the touchline conversion, his only blip on the day. 18-3 down at halftime Ballinrobe proved to be doughty warriors and Creggs had to earn their points in the second half. Flynn landed a third penalty early on but Creggs were made to work hard for their final scores, Bernard Kilcommons finishing off a lengthy passage of play which saw the ball moved first left, then right and punctuated by a series of scrums on the Ballinrobe line. Flynn added the conversion from the right hand touchline and did likewise after Kevin Brandon emerged from a ruck on the 22 to cross for the vital try which secured the bonus point for his side. Creggs now sit out the next two weeks before playing Buccaneers on March 10 and Dunmore on St. Patrick’s Day. Buccaneers play Dunmore next weekend and with both sides having games in hand a win for either will move them into second place outright with Creggs still in contention for the runners-up slot.

Creggs : D Brandon, S Quinn, B Egan, B Kilcommons (Captain), P Lohan, N Flynn, T Nee, E Garvey, P Corcoran, R Cassidy, A Glennon, K Ryan, T Callaghan, K Brandon.

Reserves : K Raftery, C Duignan, M McAteer, D Hoare.

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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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12 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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