Creggs defeat Portumna

Creggs 20 Portumna 7 Creggs defeated Portumna in the Green on Sunday last, when we were somewhat flattered to come out on top on a 20 to 7 scoreline.   Within 5 minutes we were ahead due to a Mark Hester try, converted by Noel Flynn, But if we thought it would be easy, we had to think again! For the next 20 minutes it was all Portumna and it took some excellent defensive work to keep them out – in particular by the centres Conor Brandon and Pat McDonagh.    However, we lifted the siege and after a number of attacks were repulsed, Noel Flynn dropped a goal to leave us ahead by 10 points as half-time approached. Flynn again increased the lead early in the second half when he was at the end of an excellent flowing move to cross for a try making it 15 points to nil. Again, Portumna took over, and this time they were rewarded with a converted try of their own – 15 to 7. Game on!   There is a good spirit in this Creggs team and with 5 minutes left we secured the win when Paul Turley burst over for the clinching score to give us a second victory on the trot. This was a hard-fought physical battle and it took a big effort to take the points.    This week was a marked improvement in the lineout, the scrum was solid all through, and coach Aidan Brandon has instilled a good work ethic in the team. Next weekend we have a second match against Boy’s Club, (time to be decided but probably under lights on Saturday evening in Creggs).   The club would like to wish Creggs GAA well in the County Final against St. Barry’s.  Creggs: A. Glennon, M. Corcoran, P. Heavey, K. O’Rourke, P. Casey, K. Brandon, N. Flynn, C. Brandon, P. McDonagh, G. Brennan, B. Egan, E. Collins. Subs used: P. Coffey. Winning start for Buccs Buccaneers 8 Clonakilty 3 Buccaneers got life in Division 2 of the AIB League off to an encouraging start when they defeated Clonakilty 8-3 in a keenly contested tussle at Dubarry Park, Athlone, on Saturday. It may not have been as expansive a contest as anticipated, and it never really delivered Halloween fireworks, but this was a finely balanced battle in which Buccs sustained commitment and improved discipline earned due reward in a low-scoring but nonetheless absorbing contest played in front of a reasonable-sized bank holiday crowd.   Adversity again befell the midlanders in the lead up to this vital encounter when both props Michael Diffley and Kevin Moran were ruled out through injury, Diffley not recovered from a knock sustained in his side’s last game at Ballymena while Moran suffered a knee injury in training. Then Anthony Hughes was injured playing for Athlone I.T. against Garda and Stephen Burke damaged an ankle in the final training session before the first ever visit of Clonakilty. Thus Buccaneers, who have endured a horrendous run of injuries already this season, were further depleted and they really had to dig deep into their squad to muster Saturday’s panel.    On a drizzly afternoon that made handling difficult, Buccaneers had first aid of the considerable breeze but they rarely utilised the elements in the opening period when, for long spells, it was the visitors with Paul Dillon getting far too much leeway who forced the pace.    Clonakilty may have enjoyed the greater possession and their more experienced backline carried a sharper threat, but Buccaneers applied themselves more willingly to the cause. They got to grips with their early difficulties, their tackling was relentless throughout, the scrum was particularly solid, and the impact by replacements ensured that the momentum was maintained. Rigney’s class was very evident on occasion, Alamoti TePou put in a strong finish, and diminutive flanker Colin Waters’ contribution earned him the ‘Oyster Homes man of the match’ accolade. Bruce’s return was crucial in the backline where O’Hara slotted in seamlessly at out half. Buccaneers: S. Carey; T. Gilligan, A. Gaughan, A. Hayman, N. O’Hara (captain); A. Penzhorn, M. Bruce; B. Gilligan, G. Halligan, C. Higgins; J. Wilson, A. TePou; B .Guilfoyle, C. Waters and C. Rigney. Replacements used: A. Hanley for Guilfoyle (51 mins); G. Kelly for Penzhorn (51 mins); M. Madden for B.Gilligan (73 mins). South-West Conference All-Ireland League Galwegians 16 Buccaneers 12 Buccaneers had to settle for the consolation of a bonus point for their second South-West Conference All-Ireland League match when going down 16-12 to Galwegians in a lively game of decent quality at Crowley Park, Galway, on Saturday.  Buccaneers: J. Connellan; B. Westman, T. Hynes, D. Grehan, B. Henshaw; S. Moorehead, C. Murtagh; J. East, D. Egan, N. Harney; B. McManus (captain), K. Kennedy; R. Walsh, K. Creaven, P. Burke. Replacements: H. Reilly for Connellan (28 mins); A. Daly for Harney (49 mins); B. Lennon for Burke (59 mins); D. Reynolds for Kennedy (64 mins).  AIL outing in Northern Ireland on Saturday: Buccaneers travel north to Ballymacarn Park for a first ever meeting with Ballynahinch in the second series of matches in the AIB League Division 2, kick off 2.30 p.m. on Saturday.