Cargin beat Stinsons in championship opener

Minor Football Championship (round one)

Erin’s Own Cargin 1-14 Sean Stinson’s 0-11

Cargin moved into the next phase of the minor football championship and set up an early September date with the competition favourites Rossa when they proved just too strong for a Sean Stinson’s outfit in an entertaining encounter at Ahoghill on Tuesday evening.

The Toome boys crossed the winning line six points to the better, 1-14 to 0-11 with a 48th minute Mark Keegan goal arriving to turn the tide in their favour.

The Erin’s Own side started the better with a couple of early points as Joe Maybin strode through the middle to get their scoring show on the road and a superb Pat Shivers finish which doubled the tally a minute later saw them at 0-0-2 to 0-00.

The Stinson’s side did receive a blow to their prospects in the early minutes as an ankle injury forced dynamic mid-fielder Ronan Kelly out of the game but in the event his replacement Fergal O’ Kane was to prove a most able deputy.

Stinson’s were on terms by the 10th minute as Ciaran Lynch and James Mc Larnon added back to back points.

Cargin regained the advantage via Pat Shivers as the flame haired corner man added another eye catching point and although the Stinson’s boys were soon to draw abreast again as place kicker James Mc Larnon split the posts the Erin’s Own boys hit a purple patch which saw them add three further scores without reply.

Jamie Gribbin was hauled to ground on his way to the posts in the 16th minute to claim just reward when he sent the free kick awarded firmly between the posts and when the pace laden corner man was fouled again en route to the posts a couple of minutes later Pat Shivers duly took retribution with another pointed free.

Cargin were most certainly on a roll and the accuracy of Pat Shivers from the dead ball situation was exemplary as he sent another long range effort over the black spot following an indiscretion on the advancing Odhran Lynn.

Cargin had moved into a 0-06 to 0-03 lead at the 20th minute and they were not to be headed thereafter.

The ever accurate James Mc Larnon was quick to answer the Cargin score as he hoisted white at the other end and although full forward Ciaran Lynch followed suit the Erin’s Own boys dominated the closing minutes.

Livewire corner forward Jamie Gribbin helped himself three late scores in the period with Orrin Johnston adding another in answer to a single white flag hoisted by James Mc Larnon at the other end and at the break Cargin had a 4 point advantage, 0-10 to 0-06.

Backed by the breeze in the second half Stinson’s must have felt they could come back, but it was to be the Cargin boys who were to strike first as Mark Keegan sent Jamie Gribbin away on the left to score from an acute angle.

A smashing score from the corner man and indeed movement between this duo was to have huge impact on proceeding later in the game.

In the interim the Sean Stinson’s combination came back strongly and as James Mc Larnon hoisted a couple more white flags and Callum Lynch added another only a couple separated the sides and the Portglenone/Ahoghill combination looked on the march.

The Cargin boys had other ideas however and although the Stinson’s net minder, who had stood tall to defy Shay Bovill from close range earlierwas eventually beaten when Mark Keegan grabbed a 48th minute goal.

The impressive mid-fielder was strong on approach and when presented with a Jamie Gribbin delivery on the edge of the square the finish to the corner of the net to open up a six point gap, at 1-12 to 0-09.

The last minutes saw the Stinson’s fought hard to find a way through the Cargin rearguard but with Christopher Bateson, Sean og Quinn, and the impressive wing man Ruairi Mc Neill leading by example Stinson’s were restricted to a 53rd minute James Mc Larnon point.

Cargin extended advantage again as the redoubtable Jamie Gribbin added a 27th minute point before Adam Thornton opened the way for Sean og O’ Neill to plant another over the bar a minute later.

Stinson’s did have the final say in proceedings when James Mc Larnon split the posts again from an injury time free but it was mere consolation and when the final whistle sounded Cargin’s had booked a place in the next round on a winning scoreline of 1-14 to 0-12.

Referee Karol Doherty (St Mary’s Rasharkin)


Michael J Mc Guckin, Adam Loughran, Christopher Bateson, Sean og Quinn, Adam Thornton, Odhran Lynn, Ruairi Mc Neill, Joe Maybin (0-01), Mark Keegan (1-00), Orrin Johnston (0-01), Shay Bovill, Ben Dobbin, Pat Shivers (0-04), Rory Gribbin, Jamie Gribbin (0-07).

Subs – Sean og O’Neill (0-01) for B Dobbin

Sean Stinson’s

Pat Dougan, Chris Convery, Brian O’ Neill, Cormac Mooney, Ryan Convery, Declan Dobbin, Paul Mc Aleese, Ronan Kelly, Oisin Doherty, Conor Convery, Patrick Graffin, Callum Lynch (0-01), Harry Lennon, Ciaran Lynch (0-02), James Mc Larnon (0-08).


Fergal O’ Kane for R Kelly

Ruairi Mc Guigan for H Lennon

Ruairi Mc Aleese for C Lynch

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