Cawley Cup elimination

Creggs 19 Corrib 31

Corrib scored two late tries to qualify for the quarter final of the Cawley Cup, following a keenly contested game at the Green on Sunday, which marked the introduction of two young players to the Creggs first team, Jonathon Clarke and Killian O’Shea. Both performed superbly with Clarke a tower of strength in a rejuvenated Creggs pack, while O’Shea tackled with great determination in the back row.
Creggs got off to a very positive start with a Mike Fleming try after seven minutes when he got the touchdown following an astute chip ahead by fellow centre Bernard Kilcommons. Ja Hughes slotted the conversion to put the home side ahead by 7-0, but Corrib quickly responded with a try by their impressive fullback Tommy Lee which outhalf Mike Monaghan converted.
Creggs got close to Corrib’s line on a few occasions, but a combination of good defence and some over-elaborate moves deprived them of a score before Corrib swept upfield to release their right winger Tom McDonagh for a well-worked try in the corner five minutes before halftime.
Creggs piled on the pressure in the closing minutes of the first half and were rewarded when prop forward Paul McNeill burst through for a try following a powerful surge by the pack. Ja Hughes landed a superb conversion to leave Corrib trailing 14-12 at the break.
Corrib began to show glimpses of why they finished in the top 4 of Division 1A this season as they upped the tempo with some astute handling which stretched the Creggs defence before their prop Eugene Kenny burrowed his way over for a vital try. Monaghan made no mistake with the conversion to put Corrib ahead by 19 –14, and shortly afterwards Creggs conceded another try as the game began to slip away from them.   
Creggs then got back on top to gain a foothold deep in Corrib territory which eventually yielded an opportunist try by outhalf Kevin Brandonwho sliced through the Corrib rearguard with a powerful run from close range. At 24-19, it was game on. Barry Kilcommons had entered the fray midway through the secondhalf and his ball carrying ability was posing trouble for the Corrib men while Jonathon Clarke also got in some storming runs in broken play.
With less than ten minutes left on the clock, Creggs were well positioned inside their opponents ‘22’, but a vital turnover gave Corrib the opportunity to turn defence into attack, which ultimately resulted in man-of-the-match, Corrib’s Tommy Lee, outstripping the tiring home team for a try which sealed victory for his side.
And so the curtain came down on a season which promised so much for Creggs, but which has ended in disappointing fashion with defeat by West Offaly Lions in the League decider, and followed now by elimination from the Cawley Cup. However, this was a much-improved display and the introduction of accomplished youngsters Clarke and O’Shea had a positive impact on the team.
Creggs: Dave Flahive, Barry Egan, Bernard Kilcommons, Mike Fleming, Kevin Martin, Kevin Brandon, Noel Flynn, Paul McNeill, Peter Heavey, Matt Corcoran, Pat Coffey, Jonathon Clarke, Tom Fleming, Ja Hughes, Killian O’Shea, Brendan Hester, Barry Kilcommons, Larry Mannion, James Coyle, Micheal Conway.

Árd na Cregg final
Creggs 2nds have qualified for the Ard Na Cregg quarter final in which they will meet the winners of Corrib and Castlebar.


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