Creggs 2nds 34 Carrick on Shannon 15
Creggs played hosts to Carrick on Shannon in their league decider on Sunday.
This was a tighter match than the score line reflects. After 15 minutes Carrick took the lead with a penalty under the posts. It took 29 minutes of struggle before Creggs finally scored where severe pressure on their full back forced him to touch down inside his goal line conceding a scrum. From the scrum Creggs attacked and Jack Tucker forced his way over and converted by Mark Brandon.
From the kick off Carrick attacked inside the 22 and after a number of phases scored under the posts to lead 10-7. Just as half time approached Creggs backs opened up the defence and Mike Farrell was in for a try but stepped on the touchline 3 meters short of the corner flag. Creggs won the lineout and having worked the ball across the backline reversed and freed Mark Kilcommons in for an excellent try, converted by Brandon to go in at half time 14-10 ahead.
Shortly after the kick off Creggs pressure led to Tommy Curley being driven across the line by Eoghan Farrell for a super try again converted by Mark Brandon to go 21-10 up. On 56 minutes Carrick showed their class by getting in for 5 pointer with the conversion closely missed.
This would turn out to be their last score and fresh legs in a young side, saw Creggs fitness show to the fore.
A number of subs came on including Maurice Buckley, playing his first game in 12 months, was surprisingly efficient hitting some great tackles. From the kick off Buckley jackled to win a penalty which Brandon again kicked from 37 meters out.
Creggs were now forcing mistakes in the opposition and on 62 minutes YOUNG Mark Brandon intercepted a pass on the half way line, looked over his shoulder and knew he was away, turned and grinned at the management and subs as he raced for the corner flag scoring another 5 points to loud applause.
Now at 29-15 ahead Creggs kept getting faster and a great pass on the Carrick 22 released Padraig Geraghty at speed to score the final try and a 34-15 win. Great to see new younger players join this side with Darren Gately and Lorcan Maher getting on the pitch to finish out the game.