Tuam 15 Creggs 12
A last minute penalty kick from outhalf Jamie Murphy gave Tuam victory in Friday evening’s League clash at Garraun Park,Tuam. Creggs will reflect on how a comfortable 12-3 lead ended up as a 15 – 12 deficit in a contest which was hard-fought throughout,but punctuated by handling errors by both sides. Admittedly,weather conditions were far from ideal,particularly in the second half,when howling winds and heavy rain made life difficult for the players.Tuam had wind advantage in the second half,and outhalf Murphy used it to good effect to keep Creggs pinned back for long periods of play. Creggs defended well,however,and were unlucky not to get at least a draw from the game.
Creggs started the game in impressive fashion,with some good interplay between forwards and backs. Ger Heneghan was in fine placekicking form,and he drilled home four well-struck penalties to open up a 12-3 lead,with Murphy kicking a Tuam penalty shortly before halftime.
Tuam piled on the pressure on the resumption,and a massive penalty from inside his own half by the impressive Murphy in the 54th minute gave the home side renewed vigour for the fray. Creggs did make occasional forays into Tuam territory but couldn’t add to their tally,and when Murphy landed two more penalties,the contest was delicately poised until a Creggs player strayed offside in the last play,giving Murphy a gilt-edged opportunity to wrap up the points for Tuam.
Creggs travel to Ballyhaunis next weekend,and will be hoping for an improved performance ,and a victory,to get some momentum back into a season, which has been hampered by injuries to key squad members in recent weeks.
David Brandon, Damien Miskell,Dave Flahive,Peter Lohan,Kieran Ryan,Ger Heneghan,Chris Duignan:
Mattie Corcoran,Eoin Kelly,Paul Mc Neill,Brian Donoghue,Bernard Kilcommons,Tom Callaghan,Kevin Brandon,Matthew Brandon,Kieran Cawley,Tom Fleming,Niall ORourke.