Creggs can end 30-year Junior Cup famine

On the double!

Connacht Junior 1A Cup Final: Creggs RFC v Westport RFC at the Sportsground on Sunday at 3.15 pm

Creggs players pictured on the occasion of their recent league title win. They will be hoping to complete the double this Sunday in the Connacht Junior Cup final. Pic: Steve Fahey

Seldom will the village of Creggs be as quiet as it is expected to be this Sunday when a maroon and white convoy will depart the east Galway village ahead of this Connacht Junior Cup showdown with Westport at the Sportsground.

Not since 1993 have Creggs won this competition, and not since 1989 have they won it as part of a Connacht League and Cup double, that year defeating Monivea 3-0 in the final in what was the ultimate war of attrition. Supporters might be hoping for a few more scores this weekend.

It also goes without saying that they’ll be hoping for a better result than the village’s most recent trip to the provincial decider in 2019 when they were on the receiving end of a rugby lesson from the Connemara All Blacks.

A lot has happened both on and off the pitch since that painful day, but Creggs Rugby’s ongoing development continues apace. ‘Build it and they will come’ should be emblazoned on the maroon and white jerseys as off-field vision appears to have elevated on-field ambitions.

Defeat on Sunday will not halt Creggs’ forward drive in the long run, but with an All-Ireland League qualifier to come, it may at least slow it down in the short-term.

Westport have beaten Creggs once this season already (in the Cawley Cup) and served notice of their own cup ambitions with a hard-fought semi-final win over Tuam. While Creggs came out on top in the league, there was very little between the two sides. Winning Connacht Junior Cup finals isn’t easy either…as long-time supporters will attest to.

The east Galway side will certainly have to give a much better showing than the one which saw them barely survive the challenge of Ballinrobe in the semi-final. But with a couple weeks’ rest and riding on the crest of a silver wave, Creggs should get over the line this Sunday and claim their first Connacht double since 1989…but be in no doubt that they’d take another 3-0 to get the job done too!

Prediction: Creggs.