Monivea 19 Creggs 8
Creggs U13 were beaten by Monivea in the U13 cup in Monivea last Saturday morning, In a very competitve cup game this game went right down to the wire when a try by Monivea in the last play of the game finally ended a very spirited Creggs display.
Creggs had the much better of the first half and had a couple of chances to score before Mark Purcell finally put them ahead after 18 minutes with a penalty. Up front Aodha Hession, Tom Farrell, Jack Keegan and Eric O Doherty were prominent with ball in hand and in defence and out wide Karl Healy, Jack McGahon, Simon Harkins, Paddy Gannon, Roddie McGuinness Richard O Beirne were showing well.
In the second half the bigger Monivea Pack and especially their Number 8 Sean Gilmore were now finding holes in the Creggs tiring defence and , when Gilmore scored two quick tries to give Monivea a 12-3 lead it looked like hey would pull away however Creggs rallied and after Jack Keegan was stopped just short, from the resultant 5 metre scrum, the Creggs Number 8 picked and Passed to Number 10 Mark Purcell who put in a cross field kick for Paddy Gannon to touch down to leave the score 12-8 with only minutes remaining.In the last minute Monivea Number 8 Sean Gilmore again got the ball in open play and touch down under the posts for the final score of the game.
Creggs were short a few players due to illness and had no cover at front row on a day when Eric O Doherty, Evan Comiskey and Thomas O Brien put in a great shift against their bigger opponents, John Why and Tom Farrell in the second row was always industrious around the pitch and the Creggs back row of Sean Tully, Jack Keegan and Aodha Hession were tireless in their tacking. In the back line Kealan Gunning, David Finnera did well on their introduction.
Creggs Eric O Doherty, Evan Comiskey, Thomas O Brien, John Why Tom Farrell, Aodha Hession, Jonathan Whyte, Jack Keegan, Sean Tully, Diarmuid Quinn, James McNeill, Dylan Cronin, Karl Healy, Mark Purcell,Jack McGahon, Simon Harkins, Patrick Gannon, Roddie McGuinness, Kealan Gunning, Simon O Beirne, Liam O Beirne, Eoin Dowd,