Castlebar take on Creggs in semi-final showdown

Rugby: Connacht Junior Cup

Castlebar are the last Mayo men standing in the Connacht Junior Cup after last weekend's action in the quarter-finals.

The Cloondeash men booked their place in the final four with a two point win over border side, Corrib, last Sunday and their reward is another home-tie this Sunday against Creggs, with a place in the final in the Sportsgrounds in Galway on March 24 up for grabs.

Castlebar were put to the pin of their collars by Corrib with a late Damien Togher penalty edging them home to victory. Togher chipped in with nine points on the day and Luke Staunton touched down for the game's only try in the first half. Evan Flynn was the man who did the scoring for Corrib, kicking four penalties over the 80 minutes and had his side in front before Togher's late penalty sealed the win for Castlebar and sent them into the final four.

They will take on a Creggs side who currently sit in second place in the J1A table behind fellow semi-finalists Connemara - they booked their place in the last four of the competition with a 20-6 win over Monivea last weekend. Tom Flynn, Ronan Cahill and Alan Brandon all scored tries in that win with Shane Dowd landing a conversion and Ronan Dowd scoring a penalty en route.

Ballina were eliminated from the Junior Cup last weekend by Tuam who saw them off on a score of 14-6 in north Galway and they will now face Connemara in the other semi-final, with the winners facing the victors of the Castlebar v Creggs game in the showpiece occasion of junior rugby in the province next week.


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