Creggs blown away in Tuam

Tuam 20 Creggs 3
Tuam defeated Creggs in Sunday’s Junior 2 League encounter played in difficult wet and windy conditions at Tuam RFC grounds.
Creggs had the advantage of the wind in the first half but could make little headway against a strong and determined Tuam outfit whose tackling around the fringes was first class.
Tuam also handled the ball very well in the first half, launching several attacks which stretched the Creggs defence. In the 25th minute, Tuam went ahead when a strong run by centre Mike Ward ended with a try in the left corner for winger Eugene Sharkey.
Robbie Kilcommons responded with a penalty for Creggs just after the break, but turning around 5-3 down was not a good position to be in, especially with conditions deteriorating rapidly in the second half.
The Creggs pack did improve significantly with Nigel Glennon and Jamie Jones driving forward to good effect but Tuam got a penalty to go 8-3 ahead, following good work by centre Eoin Lydon.
Creggs continued to battle but Tuam ran in two late tries to give the final scoreline a distorted appearance. Colin Looby made a welcome return to action for Creggs and showed some nice touches at outhalf, with fullback Joel McPhilbin, and Robbie White also doing well. Up front, Kieran Ryan and Nigel Glennon fared best in a pack that was out-muscled by the well-drilled Tuam eight.
Creggs: Joel McPhilbin, Paul Mahony, Robbie White, Enda Mulkerrins, Micheál Conway, Colin Looby, Thomas Flynn, Paul McNeill, Nigel Glennon, Trevor Nee, Kevin O’Rourke, Robbie Kilcommons, Kieran Ryan, Barry Kilcommons, Jamie Jones, Thomas Hanley, James Hanley.

Creggs U13s travelled to Loughrea on Saturday last, 6th November, seeking to restore their fortunes after losing a very close contest to Galwegians at the Green two weeks ago. Creggs dominated from the kick off. James McNally took the ball in hand and was driven over the try line to score the first try after a few minutes. Soon after Brian Diffley received a pass from Thomas O’Byrne, to set up a second try. Creggs kept their line intact with powerful tackles from David O’Gorman, Breen Fallon and Daniel Butt. Conor Shanagher made a great interception and ran from the 50-yard line to touch down try number three. The home team came back fighting, putting pressure on the Creggs defence and as a result Darell Garret touched down Loughrea’s first try, which was followed by a penalty from Loughrea’s Niall Broderick, to leave the half time score at 15-8.
Creggs came out in the second half and continued to dominate the game. Creggs attacked Loughrea’s lineout and the home team tried to break out of their own half but failed. The defence of Max Brennan, Richard Thompson, Brian Diffley and Thomas O’Byrne continued to drive Loughrea back. Two tries followed for Creggs, one from Conor Shanagher, which was converted by Michael Farrell and a final try for Creggs by Brian Diffley.
Subs introduced included Aaron Glennon for David O’Gorman, Ross Murphy for the injured Rory Cunniffe and Jack Harkin for Dylan Morrin. In the last few minutes Loughrea hit back with some great tackles against Edward Clinton, Aaron Langan and Aaron Gacquin. This final passage of play gave a try for the home team, which was scored and converted by Darragh Cunney to leave the final score Creggs 27 Loughrea 15.


Connacht Emerging Talent squad named for game against Leinster North Midlands