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Creggs score big win over Sligo in Connacht League

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Sligo RFC 15, Creggs Rugby 41.

Creggs Rugby played some outstanding rugby to run in seven tries in an impressive display of attacking rugby at Strandhill on Sunday. Sligo opened strongly, and almost crossed for a try in their first attack as their forwards took the battle to Creggs.

Creggs gradually got to the tempo of the game, and a try by alert centre Barry Egan in the 7th minute settled their nerves, with outhalf Shane Dowd adding the conversion.

Dowd brought his outside backs into play at every opportunity, and one such move resulted in a superb try by flanker Matthew Brandon midway through the half, The ball was moved at speed through many pairs of hands and Brandon finished it off in style.

Shane Dowd converted, before Sligo hit back with a penalty in the 25th minute by Sean Donnelly.

With Creggs now dominant up front, fullback Scott Oates cut through for a fine try in the 36th minute, and just before halftime, winger Sean Quinn powered his way over to leave Creggs comfortably ahead by 24-3 at the break.

However, Sligo dominated the next ten minute period during which Creggs appeared to switch off, and it took a try by Sligo’s Donal Brady to jolt them back to the reality that the game was still to be won.

Creggs responded with a try by Bernard Kilcommons, which Dowd converted, following excellent work by the Creggs forwards. Shane Dowd then produced a moment of individual brilliance to seal the game for Creggs, when he glided effortlessly past several opponents to touch down for a superb solo try in the 55th minute.

Scott Oates completed the Creggs scoring with his second try of the afternoon, marking his successful return to the Creggs colours, on a day when the backs took full advantage of the perfect conditions to cut the Sligo defence to shreds.

Sligo battled to the end, and a rolling maul brought play to the Creggs line,with the referee awarding a try under the posts which Donnelly converted to give the home team some reward for their never-say-die attitude in the face of overwhelming odds.

Creggs are away to OLBC (Boys Club) nexy Sunday, and they will be hoping to build on recent impressive displays by recording another victory in Galway.

Creggs Rugby squad v Sligo: S Oates, S Crehan, B Egan, T Callaghan (capt.), S Quinn, S Dowd, A Callaghan, T Fleming, S O Higgins, B Donoghue, T Oates, M Brandon, R Cassidy, K Brandon, E Conlon, R Horan, B Kilcommons, P Leech, N Walker.

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Well done to Creggs RFC'S U18's representatives v Munster in UL today, Ciaran Purcell, Lee Kilcoyne and Eoin Kelly.

Great to see the lads playing today, not having played any game since March 2019 due to the lockdown restrictions.
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Good luck to Creggs RFC players Ryan Conlon, Senan Lambe and DJ Hession who line out for Roscommon Minor Footballers in tonights Connacht quarter final against Mayo ... See MoreSee Less

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Creggs RFC were honoured today with a visit from Ireland and Lions star Gordon Darcy. Beautiful weather and a large socially distanced crowd welcomed Gordon and his brother Ian to Creggs. He is on day two of a four day 850km charity cycle raising funds for Barretstown.
Gordon now a successful children's book author had many young fans waiting for him with copies of his books for signing. Gordon Darcy complimented Creggs RFC on the fabulous new development (dressing rooms and gym) which is under construction and the 4g pitch which is the only one of its kind in Connacht.
He also commended the policy which sees the facility used by other local sports clubs.
We wish Gordon well as he endeavors to complete his journey back to Dublin at the weekend.
A legend in every sense of the word.
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