Creggs RFC v Connemara RFC: J1A Final Preview

25 February 2023

Creggs RFC v Connemara RFC: J1A Final Preview

Creggs RFC and Connemara RFC travel to The Sportsground on Sunday to compete in the Bank of Ireland J1A League final.

Both sides go into the game in excellent form, with Creggs having won all seven of their league games so far, and Connemara easing past Castlebar RFC in their semi-final tie.

The last time the two teams faced off against each other was in the Bank of Ireland Connacht Junior Cup quarter-final, where Creggs came out two points victors to progress to the upcoming semis.

That day, incisive running from Eoghan Coyle and Shane Purcell laid the foundation for the Creggs’ win. However, home advantage is no longer a factor, and Connemara will feel battle-hardened after their J1A semi-final win over Castlebar last week.

The Clifden-based side showed excellent attacking prowess in their 60-29 victory but will be wary of the periods in the game where 14-man Castlebar cruised past their defensive lines.

David McDonagh, Michael O'Toole, and Henry O'Toole were constant dangers, and they will be hoping to replicate their performances from the semi-final on Sunday. If they do, the Connemara All-Blacks will be a difficult side to hold back. 

The two sides also played each other in this tournament on matchday two, back in October of last year.

There, Creggs came out on top, with a 20-point victory somewhat flattering them. That day they crossed the line five times, compared to Connemara’s four tries, with a strong kicking performance extending their lead.

It looks likely that this Sunday tie will be a closer affair, with Creggs hoping their strong form against this opposition continues.

The Connemara All-Blacks have improved as the season has gone on, and they will be aiming to add the Bank of Ireland Connacht J1A League title to the Cawley Cup that they have already won.

Kick-off is at 2pm in The Sportsground, and tickets are available by clicking this link and following the steps.