Carrick 3 Creggs 61

Nine-try rout

Creggs scored nine tries in a one-sided game played in ideal conditions at the Leitrim Village complex on Sunday. The home team got off to a bad start when impressive Creggs centre Ruairi Leddy sliced through the defence for a solo try after just three minutes. Noel Flynn added the conversion to put Creggs 7-0 ahead.
For the next half hour, Creggs enjoyed plenty of possession but despite creating a number of scoring opportunities, there was a lack of cohesion, which resulted in the final pass going to ground far too often. During this period Carrick defended with determination and got upfield to put Creggs under pressure with some powerful phases of forward play. Finally, Barry Egan broke the Carrick cover with a fine run in the 34th minutes which gave him a try under the posts which Noel Flynn converted.CreggsCarrick300
Just before half time, Tom Fleming made a great burst which almost yielded a try, but prop forward Paul McNeill was up quickly in support to touch down when the Creggs second row was stopped close to the line. Once again, Noel Flynn converted to give Creggs a somewhat flattering 21-0 lead at the break.
Sadly for Carrick, the second half became increasingly difficult as Creggs piled on the scores. First up was Barry Egan, who grabbed his second try of the afternoon following a powerful drive by Kieran Coyne, which ripped the Carrick defence apart.
Ja Hughes scored the next try when he finished off an intricate move with a turn of pace which the tiring home pack could not defend against. Carrick responded with a penalty before Ruairi Leddy scored his second try with a mazy run along the left touchline. Tom Fleming crashed over for a well-deserved try as Carrick’s lack of experience at this level became increasingly obvious.
Substitute winger Micheál Conway got in on the scoring act with a brace of tries in the final ten minutes to complete the nine-try romp. Ja Hughes converted both of Conway’s tries, while Noel Flynn had already landed six conversions with an assured place kicking display.
Creggs take a break from league action until November 14th when the NUIG students will be expected to provide a much tougher test at the Green.
Creggs: Dave Flahive, Bernard Kilcommons, Barry Egan, Ruairi Leddy, Gareth McElhone, Tom Callaghan, Noel Flynn, Pat Coffey, Peter Comiskey, Paul McNeill, Tom Fleming, Kieran Coyne, Kevin Brandon, Ja Hughes, Killeen O’Shea, Tom Flynn, Trevor Nee, Jamie Jones, Micheál Conway, David Drury.

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