Creggs score big win over Sligo in Connacht League

Firsts

Sligo RFC 15, Creggs 41: Creggs played some outstanding rugby to run in seven tries in an impressive display of attacking rugby at Strandhill on Sunday. Sligo opened strongly, and almost crossed for a try in their first attack as their forwards took the battle to Creggs. 

  Creggs gradually got to the tempo of the game, and a try by alert centre Barry Egan in the 7th minute settled their nerves, with outhalf Shane Dowd adding the conversion.   

  Dowd brought his outside backs into play at every opportunity, and one such move resulted in a superb try by flanker Matthew Brandon midway through the half. The ball was moved at speed through many pairs of hands and Brandon finished it off in style.

  Shane Dowd converted, before Sligo hit back with a penalty in the 25th minute by Sean Donnelly.

  With Creggs now dominant up front, fullback Scott Oates cut through for a fine try in the 36th minute, and just before halftime, winger Sean Quinn powered his way over to leave Creggs comfortably ahead by 24-3 at the break.

  However, Sligo dominated the next ten minute period during which Creggs appeared to switch off, and it took a try by Sligo’s Donal Brady to jolt them back to the reality that the game was still to be won.

  Creggs responded with a try by Bernard Kilcommons, which Dowd converted, following excellent work by the Creggs forwards. Shane Dowd then produced a moment of individual brilliance to seal the game for Creggs, when he glided effortlessly past several opponents to touch down for a superb solo try in the 55th minute.

  Scott Oates completed the Creggs scoring with his second try of the afternoon, marking his successful return to the Creggs colours, on a day when the backs took full advantage of the perfect conditions to cut the Sligo defence to shreds.

  Sligo battled to the end, and a rolling maul brought play to the Creggs line, with the referee awarding a try under the posts, which Donnelly converted to give the home team some reward for their never-say-die attitude in the face of overwhelming odds.

  Creggs are away to OLBC (Boys Club) next Sunday, and they will be hoping to build on recent impressive displays by recording another victory in Galway.

Creggs squad v Sligo: S Oates, S Crehan, B Egan, T Callaghan (captain), S Quinn, S Dowd, A Callaghan, T Fleming, S O Higgins, B Donoghue, T Oates, M Brandon, R Cassidy, K Brandon, E Conlon, R Horan, B Kilcommons, P Leech, N Walker.

Seconds

Creggs Rugby Senior Seconds team got a walk-over in the Connacht League last Saturday when Connamara RFC failed to field in Creggs.

  It was a disappointment for the team that had been looking forward to this home game. The combined first and second squads have been growing in numbers and confidence with a super start to the season.

  The seconds play away v Longford RFC in a friendly fixture under the lights at 7 pm on Saturday evening.

  Training continues on Tuesdays and Fridays at 8 pm. New players always very welcome.

MINI RUGBY- Creggs Mini Boys travelled to Tuam RFC last Saturday morning and enjoyed games against Tuam and Corrib RFC on a lovely morning for rugby. Games were played at Under-8, Under-9, Under-10, Under-11, and -Under-12. We had great numbers for the first away blitz of the year. 

  Creggs Mini Girls welcomed Portuma RFC, Ballinasloe RFC and Buccaneers RFC to Creggs on Saturday morning for a Blitz. Well done to all involved and the quality of rugby was great to see. 

  Next week Creggs Minis travel to Ballinasloe RFC for a Blitz. The Blitz kicks off at 10.30 am. Players please be there at 10.10 am.

YOUTH RUGBY

Under-13: Creggs 39, Sligo RFC 26.

Creggs Rugby Under-13’s survived a late Sligo comeback for memorable win.

On a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon in Creggs the Under-13’s put in a manful display to defeat a big travelling Sligo team.

  The visitors couldn’t recover from a superb opening first quarter from Creggs. A brace of tries from the excellent Shane Connaughton saw the home team race into a substantial lead. 

  The Creggs half back pair of Mark Dowd and Paddy Downey were controlling the game with ease and further scores followed from Mark Kilcommins and Darren Gately. The second half saw a different story emerge, the strong Sligo pack were in the ascendancy and with Creggs on the back foot Sligo scored three unanswered tries.   However, the local team, galvanised by some superb tackling from Dowd and Gately, got back into their rhythm and upped the pace again in the final quarter.  

  Creggs ran in some excellent lines and Connaughton and Gately went over to add to their try tally and help see Creggs over the line to win by 39-26.

  Training will continue Friday night at 7 pm. New players welcome.

Under-14: Creggs 24, Sligo RFC 5

Creggs recorded their third victory in their Division 1 Connacht Under-14 League over Sligo RFC on Saturday morning in Creggs.  Played in perfect conditions for rugby both teams played a lovely brand of running rugby and it was Creggs who took an early lead when Aaron Lyons scored a very well taken individual try. Collecting the ball from Cian Glennon on the half way line he used his pace and step to beat a couple of defenders to score under the posts. Mark Purcell converted to give Creggs a 7-0 lead. 

  Sligo started to compete well up front after this and reduced the deficit to 7-5 after 15 minutes with a well-taken score. Creggs increased their lead 2 minutes before half time when Jack Tucker picked the ball from the back of the scrum on the 22, fed Mark Purcell who went in under the posts, and he converted to stretch the lead to 14-5 at half time.

 In the second half Creggs forwards started to gain control and prominent upfront were; Ethan Glennon, Lorcan Maher and Luke Divilly. Creggs increased their lead to 17-5 through a penalty from Mark Purcell after 10 minutes when Sligo were caught offside at a ruck after good work by the Creggs forwards. 

  Creggs landed their last score with the last play of the game through a try from Rory Callaghan who pounced on a loose ball from a Sligo lineout near their own line to score in the corner, which Mark Purcell converted to leave the final score 24-5. 

  Next week Creggs U-14s will travel to Ballina RFC at 1 pm on Saturday for their next Connacht League game. Training will continue Friday night at 7 pm. New players welcome.

U-15: Creggs U-15’s will play Buccaneers RFC in the Connacht League next Sunday in Athlone. Training continues Friday at 7 pm in Creggs. New players very welcome.

U-16: Creggs U-16’s will train Thursday night at 7 pm. There is no match next weekend for the Under-16’s. New players very welcome.

U-17: Creggs U-17’s will train on Thursday night at 7 pm and will travel to play Buccaneers RFC next Sunday in the Connacht League. New players very welcome.

U-18: Creggs U-18’s play Buccaneers RFC in the Connacht League next Wednesday night at 7.30 pm. New players very welcome.

  There is a Creggs RFC Committee Meeting on tonight (Nov. 5th.) at 9 pm sharp in the Clubhouse. The Secretary requests all committee members to attend.