Creggs do double over Westport

Westport RFC 17 Creggs RFC 36: Creggs U-18s won a hard-fought battle on Sunday morning last to progress to the Connacht Cup quarter-final. Played in Castlebar, owing to neither club having a playable pitch, this match was all about who could handle the conditions better.

  To both teams’ credit, the rugby on display was of the highest standard and the early encounters were evenly matched. Creggs brought a big but skillful pack and ultimately that proved to be the difference. Seven minutes in, Sean Doorly gained a turnover for Creggs on the Westport 10-metre line and a series or quick passes saw centre Rian Biesty break two tackles to score the first try in the corner.

  Creggs continued in the ascendancy and captain Michael Farrell from scrum-half with Shane Purcell at out-half looked very comfortable in the dreadful conditions. Number eight and go-to Creggs player Ronan Cahill was getting over the gain line repeatedly, but as Creggs looked to increase their lead they knocked the ball on and the Westport scrum-half gathered and covered the length of the pitch to score a converted try under the posts to give his side the lead.

  Creggs responded almost immediately and the pace of winger Daire Byrne belied the heavy underfoot conditions as he outpaced the opposition defence for a fantastic score. Westport were now struggling and a wayward pass was intercepted by Purcell for try number three, converted by Farrell.

  A fourth try followed when wing-forward Edward Clinton broke from a ruck and with support outside executed a classic dummy pass and the gap opened beautifully for him to coast in, a just reward for one of Creggs’ most consistent players at this level. The conversion was added, leaving Creggs leading 24-7 at half-time.

  Westport knew that they needed to score first in the second half and they started very strongly but resolute defence from Creggs and in particular Danny Arnold, Domhnall Forrest and Callum Golding meant there was no way back for Westport. Michael Feeley was excellent in the lineout and on fifty-two minutes Ronan Cahill barged in for another Creggs try.

  It was now very difficulty for Westport as the sleet pelted down and another turnover for Creggs saw Liam Lapina link well with Adam Finnerty, who put Bryne in for his second try and the game, as a contest, was over. Deservedly Westport scored two late tries but it is the Creggs lads who have progressed to the Connacht Cup quarter-final.

Creggs: Dan Butt, Sean Doorly, Melvin Conteh, Michael Feeley, Callum Golding, Edward Clinton, Danny Arnold, Ronan Cahill, Michael Farrell, Shane Purcell, Adam Finnerty, Rian Biesty, Domhnall Forrest, Daire Byrne, Liam Lapina.

U-14s: Creggs U-14s travelled to Castlebar last Sunday morning to take on Westport RFC in the second round of the cup and came away with a 28-0 victory. In difficult and wet conditions, Creggs blitzed their opponents with two early tries through Aaron Lyons who outpaced the cover to score. Both tries were converted by Mark Purcell to give Creggs a 14-0 lead.

  Up front Creggs were in the ascendancy in the loose with Lorcan Maher, Jack Tucker, Luke Divilly, Ethan Glennon and Ben Finnerty doing well early on. After 18 minutes Creggs extended the lead when Mark Purcell kicked through and although it looked like the Westport winger had the ball under control, Andrew Naughton pounced to score in the corner giving Creggs a 19-0 half-time lead.

  In the second half the conditions deteriorated further, however Creggs kept their opponents under pressure and in their own half, with smart kicking from Jack Crehan, Naoise Coyle and Darren Gately and up front Diarmuid Fahy, Ronan Lambe and Rory Callaghan were doing well with ball in hand. The scores in the second half came from three penalties from the boot of Mark Purcell, which stretched the lead out to 28-0 which ended up as the final score.

  This week Creggs U-14s will train in Creggs at 7 pm on Friday. The cup quarter-final is set for two weeks’ time.

Creggs: Dara Kiernan, Lorcan Maher, Luke Divilly, Rory Callaghan, Cian Glennon, Aaron Lyons, Jack Crehan, Andrew Naughton, Diarmuid Fahy, Jack Tucker, Louis McCaffrey, Ben Finnerty, Ronan Lambe, Ethan Glennon, Mark Purcell, Naoise Coyle, James Rocke, Darren Gately.

Youth Rugby: Creggs U-10s travelled to Ballina for their U-10 Connacht Blitz. Thanks to those that travelled. Next weekend Creggs U-12s will have their Connacht Blitz in Ballinasloe. All other ages will train in Creggs at 11 am.

  Creggs Mini Girls travelled to Athlone last Saturday morning for a game against Buccaneers RFC. On a lovely morning for rugby, it was great to see a good turnout and some great rugby on show.  

  Next weekend the girls will train in Creggs on Saturday morning at 11 am getting ready for the following weekend when they will travel to play at half-time in the Women’ rugby international Ireland v Scotland.

U-15s: U-15s will train next Friday at 7 pm. Their cup quarter-final is set for next Sunday against Corinthians RFC in Galway at 12 pm.

U-13s: Creggs U-13s bowed out of the cup against Buccaneers on Sunday last in Dubarry Park after a hard-fought game of rugby.