Creggs knocked out of cup

Ard na Cregg Cup Creggs ……………………………………………………………… 19  Corinthians ……………………………………………………….. 31 Creggs were knocked out of the Ard na Cregg cup by a strong Corinthians team in Sunday’s hard-fought encounter at the Green. It was only in the final quarter that the Corinthians extra power and experience proved decisive, and the Creggs were left to rue some missed opportunities when camped on  Corinthians’ line midway through the half.    Creggs also suffered a number of injuries with second-row David Kilcommins, flank   Mark Hester, no.8 Barry Kilcommins and prop Paul McNeil all forced out of action at  vital stages of the game. The loss of these key players seriously disrupted the Creggs team, but the Corinthians deserve credit for taking their scoring opportunities when presented to them as Creggs tired visibly in the closing stages.   Corinthians got off to a very positive start with three penalty kicks by centre George Wright in the first quarter, before Ronan Kelly brought Creggs right back into the game with an opportunist try when he blocked down an attempted clearance and won the race for the touchdown. Shortly before half-time, impressive centre Rory Leddy knifed through the Corinthians midfield for a superb solo try to set up an easy conversion for Mike Fleming.    Creggs turned around 12-9 ahead and looked set for victory as they drove Corinthians backwards on numerous occasions. Failure to deliver the knockout blow of another try proved fatal as Corinthians defended doggedly and finally broke up-field for winger Kevin O’Flynn to round off a sweeping move to give the away side 16-12 lead.       Shell-shocked by this breakaway try and reeling from the ever-increasing injury toll, Creggs conceded two more tries in quick succession, as Corinthians seem to move the ball wide at every opportunity.   Creggs responded with an excellent try by centre Pat McDonagh, who latched on to a clever chip by Mike Fleming to go over the posts. Fleming’s conversion reduced the deficit but the Galway city side held out for a victory, which owed much to their superior fitness and team-work over a brave Creggs outfit.   Dave Flahive impressed at full-back for Creggs, while Rory Leddy was immense in the centre with powerful tackling and incisive running. Mike Fleming also had a big game at out half, and he made several breaths from broken play and tackle count was high as always.   Ronan Kelly was influential at scrum-half while John Comiskey had a powerful game in a pack which became disjointed following the loss of four players through injury. Creggs: Dave Flahive, Enda Kilcommins, Rory Leddy, Pat McDonagh, Damien Cahill, Mike Fleming, Ronan Kelly, Paul McNeil, Peter Comiskey, Larry Mannion, David Kilcommins, Ken Keane, Kieran Ryan, Mark Hester, John Comiskey, Barry Kilcommins, Pat Coffey, Ciaran Osbourne, Declan Conboy, Ja Hughes.