Creggs Development XV win J1C league

Creggs Development XV win J1C league

Connacht J1C Final
Creggs RFC 30- Galwegians RFC 25

The J1C final took place in Creggs after a midweek coin toss for pitch selection. The 4g pitch was the choice and a dry day was perfect for rugby. What was one of the best , tightest games of the season Creggs J1C team won out in the 80 plus minutes before the ref blew full time. The game started at rocket pace and within three minutes Galwegians were penalised 35 meters out from goal. Brian Cleary converted to put Creggs 3 ahead. After the kick off Mike Feeley decided to take over and after three carries he made 40 meters into the Galway city team’s half. Winning a lineout Creggs pack drove to the try line where quick passing put Cleary in for 5 , converting to put Creggs 10 ahead. On 15 minutes it was Galwegians turn and they got a try in the right corner. Creggs kicked well from the kick off and within 5 minutes won a lineout on their 22 and the powerful pack drove and handled the ball precisely putting Capt. Curley in for 5, converted by Cleary to push Creggs 17 -5 ahead. Theer was no let up in this game and 3 minutes later from the kick off Galwegians won a penalty 38 meters and was converted to now go 17-8 behind. No rest in this classic and from the kick off Creggs won possession, releasing the backs but a stray hand deliberately knocked on Giving Cleary his 2nd penalty to push the lead out to 20-8. On 34 minutes Galwegians drive hard inside the 22 and after 8 phases get under the posts for 7 leaving just 5pts between the teams. Creggs playing with the wind had two relieving kicks from Cleary to get into the 22 again. Winning the lineout the pack again drove at the post with carries from Tucker and Tom O’Brien. Galwegians fouled under the post giving Cleary a handy 3 and getting a yellow card. Half time was blown with Creggs 23 -15 ahead. The second half had Creggs in very controlled plays. Tommy Fleming and Mark Brandon being senior lemons on the team showed the young team mates what rugby is about breaking tackles and making huge carries into the opposition 22. Quick recycled ball pushed Galwegians to foul. Creggs were in charge and kicked for the corner. The ref pinged Creggs from the winning maul and Galwegians had a chance to clear their lines but by now strong runners were added to the Creggs backline in Enda Naughton and Davy Gacquin joining him from the wing. Darren Gately came in for Cleary and after another number of attacking phases Brandon chose his timing passing to Gately who dummied, side-stepped and released Gacquin in for a superb try which Brandon converted being Creggs last score of the game with 10 minutes left. On 37 minutes Galwegians eventually broke the Creggs defence scoring in the corner to get back to a ten point game. The referee signaled 4 extra minutes which was used sparingly by Creggs to not give away another score. On 44 minutes Galegians, who never gave up all day, scored again in the corner to now have a 5point gap. From the kick off, Creggs pack knew it their job to gain possession and they did where the ball was immediately kicked into the stand to finish the game. This was a huge win for Creggs 2nd team who are now promoted to the J1B league for next year. Panel: Tommy Curley, Maurice Buckley, Matthew Curley, Tom O’Brien, Jack Tucker, Pete Lohan, Luke Divilly, Michael Feeley, Cormac Dolan, Brian Cleary, Tommy Devine, Padraig Geraghty, Mark Kilcommons, David Gacquin, Gerard Comer, Tom Fleming, Luke Meehan, Eoin Kelly, Aodan Kelly, Mark Brandon, Darren Gately, Enda Naughton, Michael Farrell, Brian Coady, Sean O Rourke
Lorcan Maher, Mike Sampier, Mike Holland ,Miguel Arthur, Gearóid Egan, Dylan Carlos.
Congrats to Siobhan Daly who refereed the game accompanied by Touch Judges Katie Kilbane and Pietro Bonanno.

Photos by Steve Fahey

Creggs Development XV win J1C league
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