Ballinasloe, three points down…at halftime to Creggs, found forward dominance their greatest virtue tipping the scales in their favour at the finish, up 15 points to 6 at home.

The Graigueawoneen pitch, battered from above by squally showers and blustery winds, took punishment from within too as both camps scrapped for victory in heavy conditions. Cathal Brophy (penalty) posted the only points for the hosts by the break. Ballinasloe were much more business-like come contact time in the second half, and dominated proceedings for the larger part. Creggs upped their defensive ante early and met every Ballinasloe skirmish with interest.

The eleventh hour often proves the most telling, such was the case on Sunday. Ballinasloe heavies Mark Harrigan and JJ Carey dotted down in the closing stages, just reward for sustained and collective toil. Robert O’Beirn added the only two extras.

Sean O’Flynn Memorial Cup The perennial Sean O’Flynn Memorial Cup looks set to buck recent weather-induced Christmas trends and play out on St Stephen’s Day this year. The President’s XV meet a staunch Exiles mob. Historically, this has been a keenly-contested fixture where former players return to pit their wits against much of the current senior squad, (and one or two guest players on both sides spice up the aftermatch). Occasionally it can become a referee’s nightmare. All those who come to support will not be disappointed with the action and there is a major social gathering afterwards in the club rooms.

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS The club President and Committee wish all club players, coaches, friends, supporters and sponsors and everybody associated with the club over the last year a very happy and peaceful Christmas.

contributed – Liam Courtney

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