Creggs continue current good form

Junior 1B League: Our Lady’s Boys Club 10 Creggs 39. Creggs’ first XV continued their current good form with a 39 to 10 league win against OLBC on Sunday last on the back pitch at the Sportsground.

  Coming off three league wins in a row Creggs conceded a soft offensive penalty in the 23rd minute and from the ensuing lineout on their 22 they were marched to their own line and after conceding another penalty OLBC got over in the corner, but failed with the convert.

  Creggs responded with concerted pressure and in the 35th minute won a penalty 10 metres out on the right, which resulted in a yellow card. A quick tap and go ended with Tom Fleming forcing his way over, leaving the score tied 5-5 at half-time.

  The introduction of Peter Lohan and Ger Heneghen lifted the tempo after the resumption and in the 41st minute after good approach work from Lohan, Shane Dowd and Kevin Brandon, Berney Kilcommins got in for a try.

  Shortly afterwards Sean Óg Higgins crossed for the third try. From the kick-off Creggs moved the ball down the right and a quick switch left put Heneghan into space and he finished in style.

  Five minutes later good support play ended with Fleming running a terrific line onto a Tom Callaghan pass before transferring to Heneghan who displayed good footwork in getting over.

  On 52 minutes from a ruck on the 5-metre line, impressive scrum-half Andrew Callaghan with a smart show and go darted over, with Dowd adding the points. With ten minutes remaining, good Creggs line speed forced a defensive knock-on and the alert Heneghan hacked through and made the touchdown.

  Three minutes later, poor tackling allowed OLBC in for a consolation try, but Creggs had the final word. A loose defensive kick was picked up by captain Tom Callaghan who initiated a passing movement, resulting in Heneghan completing his hat-trick and also scoring the conversion, making it a very successful return to the Creggs colours for Ger.

  This result leaves Creggs one point behind table-toppers Tuam and looking forward to a home game against Ballyhaunis next Saturday night, with a 7.30 kick-off.

Team and reserves: D Flahive, B Egan, A Donnelly, T Callaghan (capt.), P Leech, S Dowd, A Callaghan, T Fleming, S Óg Higgins, E Conlon, B Donohue, R Cassidy, B Kilcommins, K Brandon, M Brandon, K Rushe, N Walker, P Lohan, G Heneghan, S Crehan.

U-17 League: Buccaneers RFC 0 Creggs RFC 43. Creggs RFC U-17s had a big win over Buccaneers in Division 1 of the U-17 Connacht League in very wet conditions in Athlone on Sunday afternoon.

  Creggs’ forwards paved the way for this victory with great work up front by Brian Maloney, David O’Gorman, Adam Finnerty and Matthew Curley allowing the Creggs backs to open up their opponents when the opportunities allowed.

  The first try for Creggs came from a good kick downfield by Ronan Dowd which Niall Cunniffe hacked on and gathered to dive over in the corner.

  Further tries followed from Eoghan Coyle and a second from Niall Cunniffe and a conversion from Shane Purcell. Creggs took control against the wind in the second half and played a very good brand of rugby, running in some excellent scores from Rian Biesty (2), Melvin Conteh, Adam Canny with conversions from Shane Purcell and Ronan Dowd. Creggs will play Galwegians in Creggs next Sunday at 2 pm in the league.

Creggs Minis: Creggs Minis travelled to Ballinasloe RFC last Saturday with games played at U-8 to U-12. Next weekend Creggs mini boys are due to travel to Monivea RFC on Saturday for a blitz and the girls Minis are due to travel to Portumna RFC for a blitz.

  The following weekend, the 21st, Creggs will train at home and then will host Longford RFC in a blitz in Creggs on Saturday, 28th.

U-14 League: Ballina RFC 12 Creggs RFC 23. Creggs U-14s made it four wins from four games in Division 1 of the U-14 League after a victory over Ballina RFC last Saturday in Ballina.

  Creggs had a 10-point advantage after 15 minutes after a try from Lorcan Maher and a conversion and penalty from Mark Purcell.

  Ballina reduced the deficit to 10-5 and then took the lead five minutes before half-time when they attempted a cross-field kick and got the bounce of the ball to run in under the posts and converted to lead 12-10 at the break.

  Creggs had a much better second half and were in better control of the game scoring early after some great work up front by Luke Divilly, Rory Callaghan, Ronan Lame and Louis McCaffrey released the backs and Aaron Lyons touched down in the corner to give Creggs a 15-12 lead. Mark Purcell then stretched the lead further with three points from a penalty with 12 minutes remaining.

  Creggs closed out the game with a well-taken try by Jack Tucker in the right-hand corner, leaving the final score 23-12.

  Creggs U-14s play a very strong Monivea RFC outfit next Friday night away in Ballina with a 7.30 pm kick-off.

Connacht U-15 A League: Buccaneers 14 Creggs 10. A great comeback fell just short for a valiant Creggs U-15 team in Dubarry Park on Sunday. Buccaneers’ winger Rory Ryan scored a try after just six minutes. Scrum-half Leo McFarlane added a very difficult conversion for an early seven-point lead.

  Creggs made several changes for the second half hoping to exploit their kicking game, now playing with the strong wind. However, it was the Athlone team that scored when number eight Darragh Murphy crashed over for a try and the lead doubled when McFarlane added the conversion, leaving Creggs a very difficult task to get anything out of the match.

  An infringement at a ruck and resulting penalty from Mark Purcell put Creggs on the scoreboard and gave a much-needed lift for their endeavour. 

  Creggs pushed on and were rewarded when the excellent John McDonnell powered over from a quickly-taken penalty from 10 metres out and again Purcell added the conversation to leave the deficit at just four points with five minutes left.

  Creggs gave everything in sapping conditions to get the winning score but the clock and strong Buccaneers defence meant it wasn’t to be and the visitors had to be content with a losing bonus point.

  Creggs U-15s travel to Sligo RFC in the league next weekend.

Creggs: Aaron Hannon, Ryan O’Keeffe, Sam O’Sullivan, Ciaran Neil-Smith, Eoghan Browne, Jack McGahon, Aodah Hession, Eric O’Doherty, Roddie McGuinness, Adam Bracken, Tom Farrell, Jonathan Whyte, Jack Hanley, Jack Keegan, John McDonnell, Evan Comiskey, Diarmud Quinn, Lorcan Maher, Jack Tucker, Mark Purcell, Sean Quinn.

Creggs U-13s: The U-13s travelled to Ballinasloe RFC last Saturday and lost to a very strong home team. Trailing 10-0 at half-time, Creggs had a very good second half and were close to their opponents’ line for long periods and it took a breakaway try from Ballinasloe to stretch their lead and break the resolve of this talented Creggs team.

  Next weekend Creggs will play a friendly against Carrick-on-Shannon RFC.

Creggs U-16s: Our U-16s will play Ballyhaunis RFC next weekend in the U-16 League. Time to be confirmed.

Creggs U-18s: Our U-18s played away to Buccaneers in the league and were short a few regulars. It was a very tight first half with Creggs holding a 6-5 half-time lead after two Michael Farrell penalties. Buccaneers took control in the second half and eventually took an 18-6 lead but the score should have been closer as Creggs should have scored a try late.

  Creggs U-18s are due to play Ballinasloe RFC next week in the league.