Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Creggs go close in quarter final

Loughrea 15 Creggs 13

An under-strength Creggs squad almost pulled off a shock win against Loughrea in their Junior Cup quarterfinal encounter on St. Patrick’s Day.

Creggs were forced to field without several key players, but the team rose to the challenge to lead by 13-3 at half time. Noel Flynn accounted for eight points, with two well-struck penalties and a superb touchline conversion to Tom Callaghan’s try. Johnny O’Loughlin scored a penalty for Loughrea early in the first half, but they struggled to break down a highly determined Creggs defence, despite having a monopoly of possession in the first quarter.

Loughrea exerted severe pressure on Creggs, which finally yielded a try for winger Paul Wilson under the posts, making the conversion a formality for O’Loughlin.

Creggs continued to defend with immense bravery, but finally flanker Josh Hillas broke through for the match-winning try in the 68th minute, while Creggs had a player harshly consigned to the sin bin.

Noel Flynn was given a long-range chance to snatch an unlikely victory but his kick fell agonisingly short. This game brought the season to a conclusion for the Creggs first team, with the main objective of league 1B status achieved for next season.