Creggs 10 Oughterard 7
Creggs 2nds recorded their first competitive win of the season in a hard-fought game played in difficult conditions at Creggs on Sunday. Oughterard travelled in force for their first ever game in the village,and they got off to a great start with a converted try in the 3rd minute to lead by 7 – 0 . The Oughterard pack looked impressive in the opening quarter,but gradually Creggs got on top with Brian Coady,Seamus Collins and Alan Brandon prominent around the park . A superb intercept try by outhalf Dylan Keaveney in the 18th minute was a huge boost for the home team,and he also kicked the conversion to level the scores at 7 points all. The impressive Keaveney proceeded to land a well-struck penalty shortly before halftime
to leave Creggs ahead by 3 points,which looked a slender lead with Oughterard enjoying the benefit on a strong down field wind in the second half.However,Creggs dug deep in an exciting but tough physical battle in which scoring opportunities were at a premium.With Alan Glennon revelling in the conditions,Creggs held on for a vital win . Oughterard turned down a number of penalty kicks at goal in search of victory,and this proved to be their downfall as Creggs tackled with fierce determination to repel everything the West Galwaymen could throw at them.
Captain Enda Tully led by example,pulling off a try-saving tackle in the right corner with the defence stretched to the limit,while Johnny Pontier and Luke Meehan also defended tigerishly but no Creggs player was found wanting as Oughterard piled on the pressure in the closing stages. Creggs will travel to Ballina next Sunday with renewed confidence and hoping for back-to-back victories to maintain momentum following a difficult mid-season during which several matches were cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. Training continues on Tuesdays and Friday,new players always welcome.
CREGGS: Luke Meehan,David Naughton,James Ryan,Stephen Crehasn,Johnny Pontier,Dylan Keaveney,David Hoare,Brian Coady,Enda Tully,Kevin Rushe,Seamus Collins,Declan Nee,Damien Nolan,Alan Brandon,Graham Curran,Peter Heavey,Daragh Thomas,Enda Naughton,Alan Glennon,Ken Loughrey.