Creggs earn bonus point win over Buccs






Connacht Junior 1A League

Creggs 38

Buccaneers 21


This game, which followed on immediately from the official opening of the new facilities, proved more than worthy of the occasion.

  Buccaneers made it clear they meant business right from the kick-off and for the opening ten minutes Creggs were under pressure before Shane Purcell opened the scoring with a penalty goal.

  The next ten minutes followed a similar pattern with Buccaneers enjoying a significant advantage in terms of both territory and possession but Creggs pulled further away when Elliot Jennings broke a tackle before sending his fellow centre, Shane Dowd, on a searing run which took him from left field at the half-way line to touch down at the right corner flag. A magnificent score was capped by a terrific touchline conversion.

  The game then reverted to Creggs soaking up further Buccaneers pressure before Dowd struck again, this time slicing through the cover from close range to score between the posts with Purcell adding the extras again.

  Buccaneers were seventeen points down but in no mood to surrender and their tight-head Ruairi Byrne scored a try few which was converted by out-half Michael Hanley.

  Creggs pulled away again six minutes later when a beautifully measured kick from Purcell was gathered by his chasing full-back Ronan Dowd who scored between the posts, Purcell converting.

  On the stroke of full-time Creggs secured their bonus point, Jennings again making the crucial break with Purcell prodding through a grubber kick which Kevin Gavin collected at the corner flag, Purcell adding the conversion from the left touchline to match his earlier one from the right.

  A half-time score of 31-7 was harsh on Buccaneers who had more than matched their opponents.

  To their credit, Buccaneers battled on and in many respects Creggs failed to repeat the intensity in the second half. Byrne added a second try, again converted by Hanley and when Shane Dowd left the field on a questionable yellow after 21 minutes, Buccaneers capitalised with a third try from hooker Ronan Grenham, again converted by Hanley.

  At this stage, they looked set to secure at least one losing bonus point but Creggs prop Tom Fleming showed some deft footwork to cross between the posts on 37 minutes, Purcell adding the conversion to make it six from six and Buccaneers left with nothing.

  The teams will meet again in Dubarry Park on Saturday week at 7 pm. The win leaves Creggs in second place, five points behind Connemara who notched up another bonus point win over Sligo at the weekend.