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Understrength Creggs Under-18’s just loose out

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Buccaneers RFC 26, Creggs RFC 22.

An very understrength Creggs Under-18.5 team took to the field against Buccaneers last Sunday morning in their Connacht League Division 1 game. With 9 players not available for different reasons and put in a very brave performance and only lost out by a late try after leading for much of the game.

Playing against the wind in the first half it was Creggs who took the lead after some great work from Aindriu Oates, James Murray, Sean Kelly and Eoin Kelly, which saw Lee Kilcoyne go over for a try, that DJ Hession converted.
The lead was short lived as Buccaneers got in for a try, which meant the scores were level after 15 minutes. Creggs re-took the lead after a great tackle from Darragh Gilligan saw an intercept for Patrick Charles in his own half . He raced clear and ran in under the posts. DJ hession again converted for a 14-7 lead for Creggs but again this was short lived as Buccaneers got in for a try before half time to leave the half time scores level at 14-14.
An Injury to Eoin Kelly in the first half meant that Creggs limited numbers were going to be tested in the second half but fair play to the lads for giving their best.
Ciaran Purcell got a touch down that the referee failed to see and to add salt to the wound Ciaran was yellow carded shortly afterwards also, but the brave Creggs lads continued to attack and were awarded with a try from Ben Johnson after some good work from Tomas Tiernan.
A penalty from DJ Hession after sustained attacks, gave the Creggs lads a 22-14 lead.
A knock to the knee for Patrick Charles then further tested the Creggs small squad on the day.
Buccaneers were given a further lifle-line when Cormac Dolan was yellow carded near his line, and even though Josh Adams Verling put in a great tackle, Buccaneers still went over for a try to narrow the gap to 22-19 in favour of Creggs with 8 minutes remaining.
Althgough the Creggs lads were out on their feet they still mounted one more attack through Ryan Conlom and Senan Lambe was just held short. There followed a series of penalties, which saw Buccaneers come up the pitch and score to take the points.
This team showed great skill and spirt and will be boosted by the return of more players in the next couple of weeks. A very promising season lays ahead for this squad of players.
Creggs Rugby: Ben Johnson, Tomas Tiernan, Aindriu Oates, Darragh Gilligan, James Murray, Eoin Kelly, Sean Kelly, Lee Kilcoyne, Cormac Dolan, DJ Hession, Ciaran Purcell, Senan Lambe, Josh Adams Verling, Patrick Charles, Ryan Conlon.

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