St Brigid’s secure narrow win in Toome


All County Minor Football League (Division One)

Erin’s Own Cargin 3-09 St Brigid’s 1-16

A late point secured in the 57th minute by the impressive Tom Dunford was enough to secure the points as St Brigid’s crossed the line with the minimum to spare in a win secured over Cargin on Tuesday evening.

A hugely enjoyable game which had ebbed and flowed throughout had looked likely to end all square until the full forward retained his aim to secure victory in the closing minutes.

Cargin had galloped out of the start traps and absolutely dominated the early stages and an excellent 10th minute goal supplemented by four early points had hinted at a win for the home side.

Shay Bovill had opened the account with a point less than a minute into proceedings and after Paudie McLaughlin and PJ Quinn followed suit Sean Og O’Neill bagged the well delivered goal.

Sean Mc Auley, Paudie Mc Laughlin and Shay Bovill all had a hand in the buildup before the center-forward fired to the back of the net and when an indiscretion on the advancing O’Neill was punished when Shay Bovill claimed his second point the Cargin boys had amassed a healthy 1-04 without reply from their guests.

St Brigid’s took some time to acclimatize but after remaining without a mark on the board for the opening quarter a fine point from Tom Dunford kick started the South Belfast side into action and they were fully in tune when Ben Doherty and Thomas McCarney followed suit.

Shay Bovill collected his third score of the game when he steered a 40 meter free kick between the posts following a foul on Paudie McLaughlin to see the home side return to the positive again but in the event they were not to make another mark for the remainder of the opening period as the city boys took over.

Marcus Lynch added back to back points to the St Brigid’s total delivered in the 21st and 22nd minutes and when Tom Dunford rose to fist an Eoin Brown cross to the back of the net the visitors were on par at 1-05 apiece.

The home side may well have returned to the lead again  in the 25th minute when only the cross bar denied the lively Sean O’ Neill from adding a second goal, and gaining inspiration from the good fortune the St Brigid’s lads returned to the offensive with some purpose to dominate the remainder of the half.

Back to back Eoin Brown points saw the South Belfast lads a couple ahead and when both Henry McGuigan and Peter Henvey raised further white flags in the last minute St Brigid’s had turned matters around to lead 1-09 to 1-05 at the break.

A hugely enjoyable opening period ensured the attendance looked forward to similar in the second and as events were to unfold they were not to be disappointed.

The sides swapped scores at either end in the opening couple of minutes before a superb approach and an 80 meter solo approach led to a splendid point collected by the home side’s corner back Sean og Quinn which was to precede a Pat Shivers 35th minute goal.

The mid fielder having made stylish approach with full assistance from his central partner Eunan Quinn really made the net bulge with his thundering finish.

A fisted point at the other end saw St Brigid’s regain advantage but such was to prove short lived as back came Cargin again and when the lively Sean Og O’ Neill concluded a right sided stylish approach by firing directly to the corner of the net the Toome boys were back in the vanguard, leading 3-07 to 1-11.

Cargin seemed to have regained control with Pat Shivers and Eunan Quinn on top in the central zone but in a game of fluctuating fortunes St Brigid’s responded and Cargin were dealt a real body blow as the hugely influential Paudie McLaughlin was shown a black card.

The next phase saw St Brigid’s take the initiative and lay siege to the Cargin posts as Peter Henvey (2), Tom Dunford and Thomas McCarney hoisted white flags in turn to give them a four point lead.

Cargin responded however and back they came in search of scores with a foul on the approaching Mark Keegan fully punished when Shay Bovill dispatched the 40 meter free kick between the posts and when a similar fate befell Sean Og O’ Neill the result was the same and the game was tied at 3-09 to 1-15.

A draw and a share of the points seemed in prospect but the visitors were not about to settle for such and in the event that late point from Tom Dunford was to ensure victory for the visitors as they crossed the winning line at 1-16 to 3-09.

Cargin: Oran Molloy, Oran Lynn, Orrin Johnston, Sean og Quinn (0-01), Malachai Johnston, Mark Keegan, Ben Dobbin, Pat Shivers (1-01), Eunan Quinn, Conor Kelly, Sean og O’ Neill (2-00), Paudie Mc Laughlin, PJ Quinn (0-01), Shay Bovill (0-05), Sean Mc Auley.


Benen Kelly for P Mc Laughlin (black card)

St Brigid’s: James McKenna, Ruairi McDonnell, Peter King, Reuben Carleton, Thomas McCarney (0-02), Callum Webb, Brian McCarthy , Henry McGuigan (0-01), Conor Slevin, Shay Campbell, Peter Henvey (0-03), Marcus Lynch (0-02), Ben Doherty (0-02), Tom Dunford (1-04), Eoin Brown (0-02).

Referee P Hanna (St Joseph’s)



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