Cargin boys return to winning ways

South West Antrim U-12 Football League

Erin’s Own Cargin 5-09 Con Magees Glenravel 1-03

It has been a good week-end for the Cargin under-12 side and after enduring their first reversal of the season and home defeat by the visiting All Saint’s the Toome boys returned to winning ways with a brace of victories recorded on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon on their own turf.

Although they took a time to get it together on the matinee fixture on Friday evening and just a few points ahead of the visiting Aldergrove at the half time break with Diarmuid Quinn’s goal aided them to a 1-05 to 0-03 lead.

They really lit the touch paper in the second portion as they dominated and as

mid-fielder Quinn added a second major and Conor Johnston, Daniel Mc Cann and Patrick O’ Neill all followed in kind raising green flags apiece they had plenty in spare at the end crossing the winning line at 5-13 1-07.

Con Magees were the visitors to the Shore Road venue on Sunday and the Cargin boys expected a tough assignment as they had to dig deep to gain a slender win on their visit to the Glens in the opening round.

Glenravel were without a few regulars for the return leg and in the event the Con Magees side were on the back foot for most of the game.

Cargin got away in stylish opening and they had 2-02 on the board without reply from their visitors by the end of the 10th minute.

Conor Johnston despatched firmly between to posts in the 2nd minute and the impressive middle man followed suit from play a couple of minutes thereafter.

The Cargin boys were in dominance in the opening phase and when centre forward Callum Gribbin who had played a part as assist in the opening couple of scores provided a pin point cross for Ryan O’ Neill the corner forward fired to the back of the net.

The Glensmen were much on the back foot and looking much in trouble when Conor Johnston added a second goal to the home side’s total but the visitors were soon to get it together and they were just denied a goal of their own in the 11th minute.

Fergas Donaghy sent corner forward Alec Davis in on target after a well directed Niall Hynes clearance and was he was only denied by a splendid save from the Cargin net custodian Daniel Mc Cann.

Mc Cann who is equally effective in a forward role stood tall to deny but the Glensmen were off the mark a few minutes thereafter as Cormac Mc Keown, who looks a prospect split the posts.

A Peadar Mc Donnell point doubles the con Magee’s tally but Cargin were to finish the period strongly and after Ryan O’ Neill added a point the Glenravel keeper was seen at his best to deny Conor Johnston access over his line, making an excellent save to thwart the mid-fielder in his intentions.

Cargin did retain the offensive however and in the last minutes they were to add another couple of goals as Conor Johnston’s deliver opened the way for Cahir O’ Boyle to grab a goal, and then when Callum Gribbin assumed the role of supplier the wing half forward added another.

A couple of excellent strikes by O’ Boyle sent to the net in stylish finishes saw Cargin at 4-03 to 0-02 at the short blast.

Glenravel started in the second portion in the positive and an early goal supplied by the impressive Cormack Mc Keown.

The mid-fielder made progress through the middle after Niall Hynes had made smart interception to foil a home side approach, and the finish offered hope of a come back to the visitors.

Cargin were not to yield to such intentions however and with the defence in which Ben Mc Larnon played a lead role he had willing accomplices especially in the skill laded Ben Harney and Sarah O’ Neill defiant  a Callum Gribbin point which followed a slick Jack Harney delivery saw them back on the offensive again.

Conor Johnston added another point a minute later and after he directed a ‘45’ between the posts a Ryan O’ Neill cross saw Cian Scullion collect before proceeding through the middle to blast to the back of the net and with the home side now at 5-06 to 1-02 the end did look in sight.

The visitors were down but certainly not out as they sought recovery with Niall Hynes leading by example in the defence and the skill laded Cormac Mc Keown working hard in the middle.

Conor Johnston did add a point for Cargin but back came the visitors as Fergas Donaghy replied in kind but the die was well cast at such juncture and the home side were to finish the stronger.

Callum Gribbin added a 17th minute point, and Diarmuid Quinn added another to see the Erin’s own side cross the finish line assured of a place in the semis at 5-09 to 1-03.





Daniel Mc Cann, Brian Darragh, Sarah O’ Neill, Hugh O’ Donnell, Jack Harney, Ben Mc Larnon, Ciaran Mc Peake, Conor Johnston (1-05), Diarmuid Quinn (0-01), Cahir O’ Boyle (2-00), Callum Gribbin (0-02), Cian Scullion (1-00), Ryan O’ Neil(1-01), Brogan Martin, Aiden Lynn.


Charlie Mc Cann for Ciaran Mc Peake

Fiontan O’ Donnell for H O’ Donnell

Eoghan Scullion for Cahir O’ Boyle

Karl Mc Cann for B Darragh

Brogan Martin for C Johnston

Patrick O’ Neill for A Lynn


Declan Carey, Conor Duffin, Niall Hynes, Fiontan Hodgson, Emmett Healey, Cathan Graham, Ronan Leech, Conor Mc Quillan, Cormack Mc Keown (1-01), Conor Fyffe, Fergas Donaghy (0-01), Pheilim Ward, John Mitchell, Pearse Mc Donnell (0-01), Alec Davis.


Eoin Duffin for A Davis



Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.