Last year’s winners, Cargin through again to the semi-final after tonight’s win over Rossa in Toome
Reserve Football Cup (Qtr Final)
Erin’s Own Cargin 3-19 O’ Donovan Rossa 3-05
Reserve cup custodians Erin’s Own Cargin moved into the semi-finals in pursuit of the retention of the silverware for another term when they gained passage at the expense of the visiting Rossa at a very blustery Toome arena on Monday evening.
They did cross the line with a healthy looking double digit advantage at 3-19 to 3-05 but in the event the Cargin men had to produce of their best in the latter stages to get the better of the city men.
The home side did have slight advantage of the diagonal breeze in the opening period and with ‘old hands’ Michael Magill leading the attack they had established a four point lead by the end of the 12th minute.
Magill defied the swirling breeze to split the posts in the second minute with Ciaran Close, fully aided by a Michael Clark delivery added another a few minutes later.
The Toome men were forced to make early change as young mid fielder Joe Maybin endured an ankle injury in the opening phase to be replaced by Mark Keegan.
The Cargin men did have superiority in the vital central zone despite those early changes with Odhran McGuckin lording it in this sector throughout.
Cargin had employed the score attendant a handful of occasions as Michael Magill (2), and Ciaran Close raised further whites before Dara Matthews got the Rossa men on the board when he hoisted white in the 18th minute.
In the event this was to be the only time the visitors would trouble the scoreboard attendant in the opening period.
Cargin, on the other hand added further scores but only after a barren spell and several byes with a 22nd minute Ciaran Close point ending such wayward tendencies.
The ever accurate centre forward nipped away on the right side after the excellent Brendan Laverty made delivery, and when the former sandwiched similar scores supplied by Ciaran Bradley and Odhran Mc Guckin, Cargin were at 0-09 to 0-01 at the break.
A Michael Magill point and another from Ciaran Close ensured Cargin increased advantage early in the second period but the Rossa men were about to regain composure and a trio of white flags raised by James Connolly (2), and Dara Matthews saw them on track.
The visitors were on the march and indeed within range in the 40th minute when Dara Matthews rose to collect Pat McGreevy’s lofted delivery to send to the back of the Cargin net and it was 0-13 to 1-05.
A question asked of the Toome men was soon answered as Michael Magill despatched a penalty firmly to the corner of the net to punish an ‘off the ground’ offence, and after John McNabb added a point before combining with Mark Keegan to open the door for a 44th minute Ciaran Close goal the die looked cast and Cargin had moved into a 2-14 to 1-05 advantage.
Rossa were not about to cry enough and they got back on the goal trail in the 18th minute after Odhran Mc Guckin had increased the Cargin lead with an excellent point when corner forward Adam Devlin nipped in to plant the leather in the corner of the net.
A chink of light possibly sighted for the visitors to focus on, but such was quickly snuffed out again as Mark Keegan completed a superb approach to proceed with an equally excellent finish as he concluded eye catching approach to the target by blasting to the back of the net, and that was that.
The home side were in control as Enda McGroggan raised three white flags in succession before Rossa responded as replacement Dara Walsh grabbed a 57th minute goal.
Such was of the consolation variety however and late points from the home sides Michael Clarke, Michael Magill, and Enda McGrogan saw the Cargin men cross the winning line into the semi-finals full value for a 3-19 to 3-05 win.
Referee Kevin Park (St Enda’s)
Peadar Mc Keever, David Johnston, Kevin Mc Shane, Gerard Mc Corley, Michael Clarke (0-01), Donnach Mc Keever, Brendan Laverty, Joe Maybin, Odhran Mc Guckin (0-02), Ciaran Bradley (0-01), Ciaran Close (1-05), Enda Mc Grogan (0-04), Darren Craig, Michael Magill (1-05), John Mc Nabb (0-01)
Mark Keegan (1-00) for J Maybin
Sean Mc Elhone for D Johnston
Jamie Kennedy for C Close
Ryan Martin, Manus Smith, James Cooey, Tiernan Murphy, Gavin Mc Grath, Paul Cushenan, Paul Mc Greevey, Donal Armstrong, James Connolly (0-02), Tony Mc Grath, Chris Boyle, Cormac Mc Gettigan, Adam Devlin (1-00), Dara Matthews (1-03), Conal Mc Donald
Dara Walsh (1-00) for A Devlin
Matthew Mc Ivor for D Armstrong