Connacht U14 North League
Westport 31 Creggs 27
This was a very exciting and competitive game played in dry, cool conditions in Carrowholly, Westport, last Sunday. Creggs started strongly with strong tackling by Simon Spain and Rory O’Donoghue allowing Creggs to get a foothold in the Westport half. Creggs won a lineout in the Westport 22 with the help of Brian Collins, Thomas Beattie and Matthew Butt and quick hands led to a ruck set up by Brian Diffley. The ball was moved at speed by scrum half Kevin Gavin to wing Diarmuid McDermott who popped it to full back Cormac Shanagher who crashed over for the opening try. Shane Dowd failed to convert. Westport quickly got their act together and a good try from their centre Aidan Costigan levelled the scores. Creggs regained possession and good linking between forwards and backs especially James Walker, Andrew Clarke, Connor Gore and Robbie Daly led to James Walker crossing the line for Creggs’ second try. The conversion was missed and a few minutes later Westport were level again with a try of their own. Westport kept up the pressure looking for the lead score, but a fantastic series of tackles by Connor Gore led to a turnover of possession and the ball was moved quickly to man of the match Donal Kelly, who left a trail of would-be tacklers in his wake from inside his own half to score a memorable try. Westport replied with a try of their own leaving the score at 15 points all at half-time. The second half was equally exciting with Tomas Clayton, Dylan Ward, John Keegan and Jamie Granahan leading the way. Pressure from Creggs with good driving by Brian Diffley off the base of the scrum supported by ever-present Brian Collins and Michael Kelly led to the ball being transferred across the backline to quicksilver winger Donal Kelly who crossed for his second try. A few minutes later some good neat passing by scrumhalf Brian Garvey supported by winger Michael Farrell gave Shane Dowd a bit of space and he scored at the corner flag. Kevin Gavin converted this from the touchline, leaving the final score Creggs 27 Westport 31.
Further Creggs pressure led to a final opportunity to win the game but the pass was misdirected and the chance was gone. Creggs will be pleased with this performance with the first round of the Cup taking place against the same opposition away in Westport in two weeks time. Creggs train next Wednesday at 7 pm and play Buccaneers next Friday night at 7.30 pm.
Creggs: Simon Spain, Rory O’Donoghue, Matthew Butt, Andrew Clarke, Thomas Beattie, Brian Collins, Brian Diffley, James Walker, Kevin Gavin, Shane Dowd, Connor Gore, Robbie Daly, Diarmuid McDermott, Donal Kelly, Cormac Shanagher, John Keegan, Michael Regan, Stephen Joyce, Jamie Granahan, Dylan Ward, Michael Kelly, Tomas Clayton, Michael Farrell, Brian Garvey.

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