Creggs win derby

Connacht Junior B League Creggs …………………………………… 11 Buccaneers ……………………………… 0 Creggs recorded an important win over Buccaneers to remain on target for a top four position in last Sunday’s clash at The Green. Bucaneers played a lively open style of rugby which unsettled the home team in the opening exchanges but gradually Creggs’ superior forward power laid the foundations for a hard-earned but well-deserved victory.   Creggs suffered an early setback when influential no. 8 Kieran Coyne was forced to go off injured after just five minutes but Kieran Ryan, just back after injury himself, came on to play very well in the back row.   Buccaneers came close to scoring a couple of times early on but solid tackling in midfield by Johnny Cahill and Pat Cunningham kept the Creggs tryline intact. This was followed by a period of Creggs pressure and scoring opportunities were limited, with both defences on top.   Creggs went in front when Dave Flahive struck a penalty for Creggs eight minutes into the second half following good work from the pack. However the vital score came in the 65th minute when Steve Cranston scored an excellent try, powering over in the corner following good work from Joel McPhilbin and David Drury.   Another successful penalty from Flahive in the closing minutes saw Creggs seal victory. Ja Hughes had an excellent game at full-back while the three-quarter line all did well. Half-backs Drury and Flahive drove Creggs forward while up front captain Pat Coffey, hooker Peter Comiskey and Kenneth Keane impressed in a tough physical battle.   Creggs face Galwegians next weekend in the league and with home advantage another victory is well within the sights of this rapidly-improving Creggs team. Creggs training at 8 pm Friday. Creggs: J Hughes, P McKeague, J Cahill, P Cunningham, D Cahill, D Flahive, D Drury, P Coffey, P Comiskey, L Mannion, B Kilcommins, K Keane, S Neary, S Cranston, K Coyne, K Ryan, J McPhilbin, P McNeill, M Fleming, E Kilcommons.