1st team J1a league
Creggs 62 Castlebar 20
Creggs dashed Castlebar’s top three league ambitions with a scintillating display of attacking rugby on the Creggs 4G pitch on Saturday evening. Castlebar opened the scoring with an early penalty before Brian Diffley crossed for the first of Creggs ten tries in the 8th minute. By halftime Creggs had secured a bonus point with tries from Ciaran Purcell,Shane Purcell and captain Diffley to lead 24-8, with Castlebar breaking the sequence with a fine try in the left corner in the 35th minute.
During an increasingly one-sided second half Shane Purcell scored two tries while his brother Mark, Lee Kilcoyne and Chris Duignan(2) also crossed for spectacular tries during a fine exhibition of running rugby.To their credit Castlebar kept going to the end and added 2 further tries and were still striving for a losing bonus point when Belfast referee Marshall Kilgore blew for fulltime.
Unfortunately for the Mayo men results elsewhere decree that they can no longer qualify for a third place finish in the league while Creggs await the outcome of the Connemara v Dunmore game later on Sunday which will determine who will top the table. A home win for Connemara would leave them in top spot and automatically into the final with Creggs facing Tuam in the semi-final unless Dunmore spring a shock result in Clifden.
no images were foundWhile there is still some fine-tuning to be done ,there were many positives to be taken from this performance by Creggs with all 20 players contributing to this impressive victory. CREGGS:Mark Purcell,Michael Dunne,Jack Fleming,Eoghan Coyle,Chris Duignan,Shane Purcell,Mark Dowd,Sean Og Higgins,Danny Arnold,Eoghan Cahill,Ronan Cahill,Ciaran Purcell,Tom Callaghan,James Brandon,Brian Diffley,Tommy OBrien,Lee Kilcoyne,Mark Brandon,Maurice Buckley,Padraig Geraghty.
Photos compliments of Steve Fahey