Creggs progress in the Connacht Cup

Westport RFC 10 Creggs RFC 38: Creggs U-15s travelled to the foot of Croagh Patrick to play Westport RFC in the first round of the cup last Sunday.

  Westport started strongly and should have scored first but some excellent defence from Creggs pair John McDonald and Jack Hanley just keep the Mayo boys out and Creggs out-half Mark Purcell cleared upfield. Creggs won the line-out and full-back Aaron Hannon crossed over for the first try after just 6 minutes which was converted.

   The Creggs pack was now in the ascendancy and powerful metres were being made by Jack Keegan and Jack Tucker, Tucker was rewarded with the second try of the match after 20 minutes when his power was too much for the opposition to handle and he broke through for a fine score.

  On 27 minutes Creggs stretched further ahead when loose head prop Tom Farrell scored a converted try from close range. The Creggs defence was caught napping before the break and Westport’s Steven Keating capitalised in the corner leaving the half-time score 19-5 to the visitors.

  However, Creggs didn’t have to wait long into the second half for Aaron Hannon to score his second try and extend the lead. That was followed by the score of the match when the excellent Jack Keegan powered almost the length of the pitch to touch down and leave no way back for Westport.

  Hession was rewarded with a try of his own on 76 minutes to cap off a wonderful display by the Creggs U-15s.  Westport did get a consolation try in injury-time leaving the final score 38 -10 to Creggs.

Creggs: Aaron Hannon, Jack McGahon, Leigh Doyle, Mark Purcell, Aodah Hession, Tom Farrell Roddie McGuinness, Jonathan Whyte, Thomas O’Brien, Adam Downey, Lorcan Maher, Jack Tucker, Jack Hanley, John McDonnell, Jack Keegan, Sean Quinn, Eric O’Doherty, Evan Comiskey-Hoare, Diarmuid Quinn, Karl Healy.

Creggs 2nds 17 Monivea 2nds 21: Creggs and Monivea served up an exciting and free-flowing game at The Green in Sunday’s Junior 2 League encounter. With a remarkable improvement in underfoot conditions from last weekend, both sides threw the ball around at every opportunity in a frenetic opening quarter which resulted in Monivea leading by 14-0.

  Creggs responded with a fine try by the impressive Neville Walker, who proved a serious threat in attack. Moivea, however, had a 14-5 lead at half-time.

  Creggs dominated the third quarter with Alan Brandon leading the fightback with two tries in quick succession, the second a superb individual effort. Mark Brandon’s conversion put Creggs ahead by three points, but Monivea were not to be denied, and Ross scored a match-winning try with just 5 minutes remaining. Darren Collins converted from under the Creggs posts.

  The entire Creggs panel played with determination and no little skill on a day where Monivea’s early tries proved decisive. In addition to the try scorers, Luke Meehan, Brian Donoghue and Enda Tully also impressed for Creggs, while the returning Mark Brandon used his experience to good effect at standoff.

Creggs: Stephen Crehan, Rory O’Donoghue, Rory Collins, Neville Walker, David Hoare, Mark Brandon, Chris Duignan, Ed Conlon, Enda Tully, Brian Coady, Declan Nee, Kevin Rushe, Graham Curran, Alan Brandon, Brian Donoghue, Ken Loughrey, Paul McNeill, Luke Meehan.

Creggs Minis: Creggs Mini girls travelled to the Sportground last Saturday night and played at half-time in the Connacht v Ospreys Rabo Pro 12 game. It was a great evening for the girls and well done to all.

  Next weekend the girls will travel to Athlone for a game with Buccaneers with an 11 am kick off.

U-10s: Creggs U-10s will travel to Ballina next Saturday morning for their end of season Connact Blitz. A text will go out with details during the week. All other ages will train in Creggs at 11 am.

U-14s: Creggs U-14s took on Corrib RFC in the first round of the U-14 Cup on Saturday in Creggs. Corrib travelled short a few players and Creggs were comfortable winners on the day.   Creggs did give the opposition a few players on the day to even out the game. Next week Creggs will have a much tougher assignment in Round 2 of the cup when they play Westport away on Sunday at 12 pm.

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

U-17s: Creggs RFC 17 Galwegians 21. Creggs lost out to Galwegians RFC in the U-17 cup last Sunday morning in a tight and exciting cup encounter. This was the third meeting between the teams over the last four weeks and all the other games were very tight and this game proved no different.

  Creggs began the first half very well and will have been disappointed that the score was 0-0 at half-time as they were denied twice in the first 10 minutes when knocking on going over the line.

  Galwegians found it very hard to clear their own lines in the first half and up front Melvin Conteh, Rian Biesty, Adam Finnerty and Daire Byrne were having very good games in the tight and David O’Gorman was winning good ball at line-out time.

  The second half  saw Creggs harshly penalised 5 metres from the opposition line after 5 minutes and the next 10 minutes proved costly for Creggs with Galwegians scoring two quick tries when they broke out of their half on two occasions to score under the posts to take a 14-0 lead.

  Creggs continued to attack and got their reward after 14 minutes with a try from Danny Arnold which was converted by Shane Purcell. Almost straight from the kick-off Galwegians scored to stretch the lead to 21-7. Creggs continued to attack and reduced the deficit when Niall Cunniffe scored in the corner after good team play to leave the score 21-12 going into the last 10 minutes.

  Creggs got the last score of the game when Shane Purcell took advantage of a flat Galwegians defensive line to Chip over the defenders and catch the ball to score in the corner leaving the final score 21-17.

  This was a hard defeat for the U-17s but they  still  have a Connacht League final to look forward to over the coming weeks.

Creggs: Nathan Feeney, Juan De La Campa, John Martin, Jason Hoare, Shane Purcell, Brandon Hanmore, Aaron Glennon, Mathew Curley, Michael Kelly, Niall Cunniffe, Eoghan Coyle, Ian Conlon, Danny Arnold, Melvin Conteh, Brian Maloney, David O’Gorman, Rian Biesty, Daire Byrne, Adam Finnerty.