Tuam wins Ard na Cregg Final

TUAM 2ND Retained the Ard na Cregg Cup last Sunday against Castlebar RFC on a score line of 24 -10.
Tuam started well, leading by 14 points within  20 minutes of the start of the game. Kieran Comer set up the first try, when in possession, he chipped and followed up his kick by tackling the Castlebar defender and forced a turn over. The ball was passed to Leon Halion who was tackled into touch just 15 metres from the try line. From the resulting lineout, Castlebar infringed and Tuam opted for the scrum. Mickey O’Connor picked from the base of the scrum, drew the cover and passed to Eoin Lydon, who scored the try. Kieran Comer kicked the conversion.

The second try came shortly afterwards from another set piece. A Castlebar line out was taken by Tuam and Eugene Sharkey saw a gap in the defence and went over for his second try in consecutive games.  Kieran Comer added the points.
Castlebar showed great spirit and fought a hard battle for the remainder of the first half but were thwarted from getting a try because of great defensive work from all the Tuam players and in particular Johnny Tierney, Alan Tierney, Norman Tierney and Damien Burke. Castlebar and Tuam swapped penalties before the end of the first half to leave the score 17 – 3 at the break.

Castlebar continued to pressure Tuam in the opening minutes of the second half, but a great interception by Damien Burke saw him run from his own 22 to score a try under the post. While Castlebar worked hard and competed well, the result of the game was not in doubt from this point on. Castlebar did score a well worked try to leave the final score 24-10.  A feature of this game was the excellent ball handling skill and tackling of both teams that contributed to a fine game of rugby.  Tuam could repeat their performance of last year by winning both the league and the cup as they are currently well positioned  in the league.

Next Saturday April 30th Tuam grounds will be the venue for the first round of the Junior inter provincial competition between Connacht and Ulster. This will be Connacht’s first game and should be well worth attending.  Kick off is 2.30pm.

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