Creggs overcome Westport in thriller!

U-15: Creggs 41 Westport 31. Short a few regulars, Creggs U-15s welcomed Westport to Creggs last Saturday for a Division 1 league game that served up a twelve-try thriller. Westport started stronger and were 21-5 up after 15 minutes with Creggs’ try coming from Jack Tucker. Creggs then upped it and scored further tries from Lorcan Maher and Darren Gately from a great break from Shane Connaughton to take a 23-21 half-time lead.

  The second half was only seconds old when Westport scored again to take a 26-23 lead. Creggs regrouped and scored through Luke Divilly to regain the lead which they held until 7 minutes from the end when Westport went back in front. Creggs again went on the attack and scored through Darren Gately after good work from Ben Finnerty and led 34-31 with only two minutes remaining.

  Creggs didn’t sit back and again attacked and Darren Gately got his second try in a matter of minutes from a cross-field kick from Ethan Glennon and that was converted by Jack Tucker leaving the final score 41-31.

Creggs U-18s: Creggs 15 Corinthians 9. Creggs U-18s continued their very impressive recent form with a very good victory over a strong Corinthians outfit last Sunday in Creggs. Games between these teams have been very close over the last number of seasons and this game was no different.

  Having lost to the Galway outfit in the U-17 league final last May, the Creggs boys always knew this game would go down to the wire and so it proved again this very competitive U-18 Division 1 league game.

  Corinthians started the game stronger and scored two early penalties to take a 6-0 lead after 8 minutes. Creggs began to get their hands on some ball and some great play from Melvin Conteh, Danny Arnold, Adam Finnerty and Ronan Cahill allowed Creggs to gain territory. When Corinthians committed a late tackle offence on Shane Purcell 30 metres out, Purcell stood up and kicked the points to get Creggs on the scoreboard. Creggs continued to attack and after 15 minutes, following good work from David O’Gorman and Adam Finnerty up front, Creggs moved the ball wide and Jason Hoare broke the tackle to release Mairtin Quinn who drew the defender to pass to Amuray Duarte to dive in at the corner. Creggs continued to defend well until just before half-time when another offside offence was committed outside the 22” and Corinthians slotted the resultant penalty to take a 9-8 lead to half-time.

  Creggs kept the pressure on the visitors in the second half but needed a score and to take risks. After a period of prolonged pressure where Conteh, Arnold, Cahill and Brian Maloney gained good yards, Eoghan Coyle dived in for the score, which Purcell converted for a 15-9 lead with 10 minutes remaining.

  Creggs continued to keep Corinthians pinned back and tackled ferociously around the fringes but when they were reduced to 13 players after two yellow cards in quick succession, it looked like the remaining minutes could prove difficult. The lads dug deep to hold out for a very worthwhile victory,

  Training for the U-18s is Friday night at 8.30 pm.

Connacht Junior League: Creggs 24 Ballyhaunis 0. With two tries in the bag after twenty minutes, Creggs looked to be cruising towards a bonus point victory over Ballyhaunis at The Green on Saturday night. However, the next fifty minutes degenerated into a war of attrition and it was only in the final minutes that Creggs rediscovered their scoring touch when Chris Duignan touched down between the posts to secure the bonus point two minutes from time.

  Creggs suffered an early disruption when centre, Fintan Kelly, limped off with a torn quad after just two minutes. Philip Leech came in on the left wing and Ger Heneghan moved to centre.

  The disruption was only temporary as Barry Egan powered his way through for the game’s opening score after nine minutes, Heneghan adding the conversion. On the quarter mark, second row Brian Donoghue was on hand to capitalise on a Duignan break, Heneghan narrowly missing the conversion. Shortly after Heneghan was forced off due to injury, Ryan Horan rounded off a back line move at the left corner flag. Mark Brandon just failed with a difficult conversion but tapped over from a Duignan try seven minutes later to clinch the bonus point.

  Creggs, finding it impossible to get a settled team due to injuries and unavailability, were particularly well served by Mike Bligh who was a barnstorming presence throughout, young flanker Edward Clinton made a most impressive debut and Eoghan Farrell showed up well when coming on in an unaccustomed position as replacement second row. Out wide, Horan was full of running all night and the backs generally gelled well but proved somewhat wayward in their execution against opponents who defended bravely but barely threatened the Creggs line.

Creggs: B Cleary, R Horan, B Egan, F Kelly, G Heneghan, M Brandon, C Duignan, P Callaghan, P Lohan, E Clinton, B Donoghue, A Glennon, A Leech, S O Higgins, M Bligh

Reserves: P Leech, S Crehan, E Farrell, M McNeill, B Coady.

Mini Rugby: Creggs will go to Ballinsloe for a Blitz next Saturday at all ages U-7 – U-12. Kick off will be at 10.30 am and players are to be there at 10.10 am.

Youth Rugby: Creggs U-15 and U-16 training is next Thursday at 7 pm. Creggs U15s play Claremorris next Friday night in the league in Creggs at 7.30 pm.

  Creggs U-14s will train tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm and are away to Tuam in the league Friday night.

  Creggs U-13s will train Friday night at 7 pm. They are away to Corithians in the league next weekend, day and time to be confirmed.