Two South West finals down for decision

By Geordie McGuckin

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Intermediate champions Aghagallon who are bidding to make history by winning the O’Cahan Cup (South West Antrim Senior Football Championship) for the first time

The Portglenone venue at O’ Cahan Park will attract the attention of the South West GAA followers on Sunday evening with two football finals down for decision the McCormick Cup (Junior) and O’ Cahan Cup (Senior)

The opening game at 5.30pm bringing together the second strings of the home side Casement’s, and Ballymena based All Saints to decide the destination of the Mc Cormick Cup 2017.

The reigning senior champions from Erin’s Own Cargin will cross swords with the men from St Mary’s Aghagallon who collected the Intermediate title in 2016 with a start time of 7.00pm.

Aghagallon having returned to the top grade this term as Division Two league champions seem to have really settled in their new abode and they will look forward to their first appearance in the South West’s premier event.

The St Mary’s men are more than capable of improvement with a strong youthful squad at their disposal and strength and depth was more than underlined in the success gained at under-21 level last term.

They were more than impressive in the opening round of the competition netting six times at Ahoghill before proving too strong for Tir na Nog and Dunloy in the semis.

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Senior Football Champions Cargin who have won the O’Cahan Cup on twenty occassions

Cargin have welcomed the O’ Cahan Cup to their Shore road base on 20 occasions in the past and although the Toome men had their grip loosened on the silverware in 2016 when the trophy was claimed by Creggan they will look to welcome the silverware again in 2017.

They had a good win over neighbours Moneyglass in the opening round of the competition and looked really on the trail of the trophy again when they powered past the holders when proving 2-19 to 2-07 winners over Creggan in the semi finals.

 

The St Mary’s men will most certainly arrive to the banks of the Bann, and the pristine O’ Cahan Park arena intent on claiming their first grip on the O’ Cahan cup.

They do seem to have made the top flight their long time residence with their exploits this year and looking to such as Eunan Walsh, Pat Brannagan, Ruairi Mc Cann and Ruairi Loughran to lead them to the podium.

Cargin are going well again in the league and with just a single defeat endured thus far they lead the way in the first division ratings.

The Erin’s Own men do have a lengthy injury list at present with both Gerard Mc Corley (broken arm) and Kevin O’ Boyle (knee) forced out recently, and they will join Michael Magill, James Laverty, Ciaran Close and Tony Scullion on the sidelines.

However the Cargin side have a strong panel, underlined by the fact that they have already tasted success in the reserve championship this season, and with the likes of Justin Crozier, John Carron, Marty Kane and the Mc Canns, Michael, Gerard, Tomas and Paul they will field at strength.

Aghagallon will most certainly give this one a real lash but Cargin may prove a little too strong and the O’ Cahan cup may well be on the way back to its favourite resting place at Toome.

McCormick Cup

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All Saints will start as outsideres but they are more than capable of causing an upset

The opening game will see the Casement’s men installed as warm favourites to collect the Mc Cormick cup at the expense of All Saints.

The Bannsider’s have just endured a single defeat thus far in the division on reserve league and only lost out to the eventual winners of the reserve championship when they gave Cargin a run for it.

The Ports will look for the likes of Bryan Mc Cann, Eoin Doherty, and Tony Convery leading the way on a well trodden path to the likes of Michael Hagan, Feargal O’ Kane and John Lewis they will seek the company of the silverware at conclusion.

All Saint’s do have a useful combination as well but although they remain undefeated in the reserve league the Ballymena men are playing a step below in Division Two.

They have attained the winning habit and will not be travelling as the proverbial ‘no hopers’.

Paul Mc Cann, Damien Casey, and Damien Kelly will not be lacking in experience and with the likes of youngsters Luke O’ Rawe, Kavan Keenan, and Jack Magill adding youthful exuberance they will hope for a winning formula.

This may well prove a close on between sides that seem to have made winning a habit this term, but Casement’s are favoured by ground advantage and such may well tip the balance in their favour.

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Portglenone will feel right at home at O’Cahan Park

 

 

 

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