Reserve Cup Championship (Wed 14th June)
Erin’s Own Cargin v St John’s (Glenavy 7.30 pm)
The pristine sod of the Glenavy Chapel Hill arena is to host the final of the Reserve Cup on Wednesday evening as the holders of the title, Erin’s Own Cargin take on St John’s
A close one is anticipated and the fixture should attract a good gathering at the excellent venue.
Cargin claimed the silverware in a memorable 2016 season and they have looked good in their progress on the same trail this term.
They started out up at Gort na Mona and although it did take them a while to get it together in that one and were only a couple of points ahead at the break things did fall into place in the second portion.
The Erin’s Own men did leave west Belfast with a hefty enough 3-10 to 1-02 verdict to set up a semi-final meeting with Casement’s.
The Erin’s Own men had home advantage for the semi-final affair and although the Portglenone men gave their hosts a run for their money the old adage which states ‘goals win games’ proved on the mark again as Cargin grabbed five in all to breast the line with a winning scoreline of 5-06 to 0-08.
Meanwhile at the other end of the draw St John’s and Rossa were paired in the opening round to provide what looked an intriguing affair.
The Corrigan Park side and the Shaw’s road based Rossa have an intense rivalry which stretches back through the years and a keen game looked in prospect.
In the event the Johnnies proved the better on this occasion running out ten point winners at 1-14 to 1-04.
Creggan travelled to the Whiterock road to meet the Johnnies in their semi-final and although the home side were to prevail they had to work for the progress made.
Little had separated the sides for most of the hour but the Johnnies finished with a flourish and a late Fra Mc Crudden goal, his second of the evening, saw the Corrigan men over the winning line and into the final at 1-14 to 1-08.
Both finalists enjoy similar profiles and an equal mix of ‘experienced’ and youth.
Tony Scullion, Peadar Mc Keever, Enda Mc Grogan, Dermot Mc Guckin, and Oran Mc Auley are included in the Cargin line up and will take experience aplenty into a side which will include they youthful exuberance brought on board by the likes of Kevin Mc Shane, David Johnston, Ciaran Bradley and Kyle Johnston.
The Johnnies will look to the likes of Enda Mc Kenna, Anto Press, Gareth Clarke and Ciaran Mc Curdy to lead the way having been there and done it for a long time in the blue and white of the renowned Whiterock men.
The new kids on the block to include Mark Mc Kenna, Jude Mc Curdy, Darragh Mc Callin and Fra Mc Crudden have come aboard to make this a more than useful combination.
These two old rivals look evenly matched and it can go either way with the attendance certain to be suitably entertained.