Creggs lose out to Blacks in Junior Cup

Creggs lose out to Blacks in Junior Cup

Creggs Junior Cup

Connemara RFC 28 Creggs RFC 18
Creggs bowed out of the Connacht Junior Cup in the quarter final on Sunday in Clifden losing to arch rivals Connemara by 28 points to 18. Conditions were ideal for rugby with a light breeze helping Creggs in the first half. However handling errors by them allowed the home side to lay siege to the Creggs line, with go forward ball from the Staunton brothers leading to a penalty for full back Henry O Toole. Creggs however replied with an excellent penalty from Shane Purcell. Connemara continued to press forward, moving the ball to either wing where Marty Coneely managed to get over in the corner for an unconverted try. From the resulting restart Creggs elected to kick long and Connemara forward TJ Berry gathered and broke through the Creggs tackling to make it to halfway and interchanged passes with Michael O Toole for a converted try at the other end of the pitch, a huge blow to Creggs. This left the home team 15-3 ahead but Creggs battled bravely with a line-out take by Ciaran Purcell followed by a forward drive leading to a touch down by hooker Danny Arnold for an unconverted try. Creggs got confidence from this and pressed forward with Ronan Cahill, Brian Diffely and James Brandon prominent. A rock solid scrum where Eoghan Cahill was outstanding led to centre Eoghan Coyle dancing pass several would be tacklers to score under the post for a try which Shane Purcell converted. 15 all at half time with all to play for.
The second half saw Creggs continue their dominance with strong tackling by centre Jack Fleming leading to a great penalty kick from Shane Purcell putting the away side 18-15 ahead. That would be the final score from the Creggs lads as Ian Staunton’s boot levelled the scores with 10 minutes left. The home side broke through the Creggs line setting up the full back Henry O Toole for the crucial winning try. Ian Staunton converted and added a further penalty in the last minute to put a flattering look on the score board for the home side. Creggs must now regroup and re focus for next Sunday Connacht junior league final in the Dexcom stadium in Galway with the same opposition.

 

Photos by Steve Fahey

Creggs lose out to Blacks in Junior Cup
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