Connacht Under-16 A League Semi Final:
Ballinasloe RFC 7, Creggs RFC 5.
A very brave performance by the Creggs U16’s on Friday night in Ballinasloe just fell short when they lost out to the home team on a scoreline of 7-5 in the semi final of the U16A league. the Creggs boys can count themselves very unlucky not to have won this encounter and lady luck certainly didn’t favour our lads on the night. On a night that the lads made very few mistakes, the few mistakes they did make seemed to just come at the wrong time for them at crucial stages in the game. Certaily the half time score of 0-0 wasn’t reflected in either sides play and Up front Jack Tucker, Rory Callaghan, lorcan Maher, and Adam Donnelly were outstanding early on and Sean trundle, Cian Glennon and Mark Purcell in the 9,10,12 channel seems to turn the ball over on numerous occasions and were causing Ballinasloe issues in attack also.
The second half continued to be a very even contest and Ballinasloe got the bit of luck to get their score when a poor kick wasn’t dealt with by the Creggs defence and a good offload allowed the score under the posts which they converted for a 7-0 lead, Creggs then played their best rugby of the match after this and a good long pass by Mark Purcell, released Aaron Lyons who was tackled and offloaded off the floor to Cian Glennon who looked like he would score but a good last ditch tackle stopped his progress. Creggs continued to attack and when a score looked likely after great work up front by Darragh Kieran, Ethan Glennon and Ronan Lambe , Creggs did manage to get over the line but the referee adjudged that the ball had been knocked forward going over the line. Creggs got themselves back in the game with 10 minutes left when from a scrum on the 22″, Jack Tucker picked and after further carries from Luke Divilly and Conor McNulty , Adam Donnelly went over near the corner.
Creggs couldn’t make further progress on the scoreboard but the lads can be very proud of their league campaign and while they have tough Cup Draw they shouldn’t fear anyone if the get the bit of luck they deserve.
The Creggs Under-16’s will prepare for their away Under-15 Connacht Cup game v NUIG on February 17th.
Training continues on Thursdays at 7pm in Astro Turf in Roscommon. New players always welcome.