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U18.5A league

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Creggs RFC 17 Ballina RFC 22

Creggs RFC lost their unbeaten record to Ballina RFC in a tight encounter on Sunday afternoon in the u18.5A league. Ballina playing with the wind took the lead after 5 minutes with a converted try but it was Creggs who were playing the better rugby and up front Brian Maloney, Danny Arnold, Adam Finnerty and Killian Higgins were making good ground and out wide Shane Purcell, Eoghan Coyle and Mairtin Quinn were breaking the tackles to create space. It was a break from Shane Purcell, Which was carried on by Finnerty that led to Creggs opening score when Tim Lambe fed Aaron Glennon who offloaded well to Mark Purcell to score in the corner. Aodha Hession scored the second try from close range which was converted by Shane Purcell to give Creggs a 12-7 half time lead.

Creggs turned around with the wind dying down and they had the better of the early pressure but frustratingly were continually penalised at the breakdown to allow Ballina to kick their way back up the pitch and secure territory. In fairness to Ballina the tight forwards game suited them and they took their scores well to eventually lead 22-12 before Mark Purcell went over for his second try to reduce the deficit to 22-17 with time up.

Creggs will play Galwegians next week in the league. Training continues Friday at 8pm.

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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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14 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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2 days ago  ·  

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