Cargin back in the hunt after runaway win

All County Minor Football League Division One

Erin’s Own Cargin 8-19 St Enda’s 1-08

by Geordie McGuckin

After losing out in the previous round and enduring defeat in Aghagallon, Cargin returned to winning ways, and in no uncertain fashion, as they put visitors St Enda’s to the sword at a sun splashed Toome arena on Tuesday evening.

The Erin’s Own boys had impressed recently when they ended the unbeaten record bof Rossa a couple of games back, and prior to that disappointment at Aghagallon but they really returned to the positive in this latest performance.

In truth the Toome boys had travelled up to that Aghagallon test shorthanded with several prominent players on holiday and with a full compliment on hand in this one they really produced the goods.

St Enda’s had struggled to make impact in the under-18 league prior to this visit to Toome and although the 2016 minor champions did get away to a positive start with the opening score when Cormac Scott despatched a 30 metre free over the bar in the opening minute this was to be as good as it was to get for the Glengormley boys.

Cargin were on terms shortly thereafter as Pat Shivers hoisted a white flag and in front by the 5th minute as livewire Jamie Gribbin nipped away to grab a goal. Gribbin who continues to impress, ended the evening with a more than healthy 3-07 to his name.

A couple of white flags raised by the visitor’s best on view Cormac Scott and Pat Hamilton in the early stages did offer the Hightown residents a little hope but Cargin were 1-06 to 0-03 clear at the end of the opening quarter and looked in control. Mid- fielder Scott and his partner in the central area Ethan Gibson did their best to add impetus to the St Enda’s challenge but the home side’s rear guard in which Ruairi Mc Cann and Adam Thornton impressed were standing tall in defiance and the front men were striking almost at will. With Jamie Gribbin central to a slick forward division, Cargin were making inroads and as the former added a second goal in the 23rd minute and both Joe Maybin and Pat Shivers followed suit in the latter stages of the period, the home side were in absolute control enjoying a 4-10 to 0-03 lead at the break.


The size of the winning margin was the only thing to be decided as the second period got under way and although the Glengormley bpys never gave up the fight it was the home side who continuted to dominate. St Enda’s did grab a goal via a 47th minute Orchin Murray strike but it was more than obvious at this juncture than the full forward’s strike was ta mere consolation. Cargin had piled on the pressure prior to this and further goals from Ronan Gribbin who bagged a quickfire double in the 38th and 39th minutes with Jamie Gribbin as assist in both and another screamer from Pat Shivers a few minutes later saw the Toome side at 7-13 before the full forward’s strike increased his side’s tally to 1-05.


Cargin continued to search for scores despite giving game time to a full compliment from the bench and a 52nd minute goal from Jamie Gribbin and a clutch of late points saw them over the line full value for a winning scoreline of 8-19 to 1-08.

Referee Paul Mc Keever (Casement’s)


Michael Mc Guckin, Adam Loughran, Christopher Bateson, Sean og Quinn, Ruairi Mc Cann, Oran Lynn (0-01), Adam Thornton, Mark Keegan, Joe Maybin (1-00), Oran Johnston, Paudie Mc Laughlin, Shay Bovill (0-02), Pat Shivers (2-04), Ronan Gribbin (2-00), Jamie Gribbin (3-07)


Malachai Johnston for S og Quinn

Philipe Czerwin for A Loughran

Ben Dobbin (0-01) for P Mc Laughlin

Jack Mc Allister for Oran Johnston

St Enda’s

Eoghan Nagle, Ciaran Mc Keown, Eoin Mc Nicholl, Caolan Mc Keown, Conor Mc Cann, Donal Hackett, Adam Lambe, Cormac Scott (0-05), Ethan Gibson (0-01), Sean Mc Bride, Paddy Ross, Ronan O’ Neill, Ryan Clark, Orchin Murray (1-00), Padraig Hamilton (0-01).


Matthew Mc Allister (0-01) for A Lambe

Eoin Mc Cann for C Mc Keown

Conor Mc Nicholl for C Mc Cann

Frank Lyttle for R Clark

Referee Paul Mc Keever (Casement’s)

Creggan canter to easy win

Kickhams 7.23 St Galls 2.06

On a great night for football both teams fielded minus a lot of regulars with the holiday season upon us.  Kickhams started the livelier with Eunan Mc Ateer & Kealan McCann running the show from midfield and Eunan finishing with 1.02 from play. The biggest problem St. Galls had was stopping the twin threat of the Mc Ateer brothers Tiernan who scored 2.09 and Dominic 1.04 with big Lee Johnston adding 1.02 to the total. The scoring was finished off with county star Liam Quinn 1.03 and Jamie Mc Cann 1.00.

St Galls had some fine performers in Eoin Mc Cabe, Eugene Farley, Marcus Donnelly and twins Eoin & Nial Mc Curdy.

After Tuesday evening’s ames the table looks like this

Minor League table



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