Under-21 Football Championship (Phase One)
Con Magees Glenravel 0-12 Erin’s Own Cargin 3-14
Cargin opened account and gained a couple of points from their first outing in the new look under-21 football championship when they travelled down to Glenravel and returned with a 3-14 to 0-12 win over the Con Magees.
The home side had taken the points from their first round assignment against Aldergrove but a 9th minute Pat Shivers goal gave the Toome lads the platform on which to build on, and with Jamie Gribbin leading the charge Cargin had established a 1-09 to 0-03 interval advantage.
Glenravel started the second half nine points in arrears and only the most ardent optimist would have anticipated a comeback but they had cause to reconsider shortly into the concluding thirty minutes.
The Con Magees outfit really hit the turf running, and with such intensity that an opening five minute spell saw five unanswered points and the attendance had cause to hope.
The Cargin lads all at sixes and sevens in that opening phase regained composurehowever and when Pat Shivers added a 37th minute point and Ciaran Bradley followed with another they were back in charge.
The Glensmen with Aiden O’ Donnell and Eoin Hynds prominent did look to drive forward but the Cargin rearguard in which central defenders Adam Thornton and Ronan Gribbin stood tall in defiance.
Gribben made his way forward to grab a 53rd minute goal and Jack Mc Allister added another shortly after Cargin were much in the comfort zone.
Having opened their account with a win over Aldergrove in the opening round of the under-21 football championship and a couple of points added in a round robin style competition Con Magees looked forward to the addition of more as Cargin arrived on Saturday.
The Toome men having been denied an outing last week looked to dip the proverbial toe in the competition and they found themselves in arrears with a couple of minutes as Aiden O’ Donnell split the posts.
The visitors had to look to their net minder to ensure they were not to go further in arrears a couple of minutes later. Odhran Mc Alennan had been adjudged to have been fouled inside the square after been sent clear by Aiden O’ Donnell’s and a penalty was the decision.
The Cargin net minder, Michael J Mc Guckin was to foil the intentions of the home side’s Conleth O’Loan who accepted the spot kick assignment as he went down to his right to make the save and send Shay Bovill away on the right to split the posts at the other end.
The Erin’s Own side had assumed the positive and with Jamie Gribbin and Ciaran Bradley organizing the offensive and Pat Shivers providing the most excellent ‘target man’.
Shivers added a point before following with a goal made possible following an Adam Thornton clearance and aided by a Ronan Gribbin delivery to open the door.
Glenravel did responded with an Aiden O’ Donnell pointed free but Cargin quickly replied as Pat Shivers raised three more white flags and Ciaran Bradley added a couple to see the Toome lads draw 1-09 to 0-02 clear as the opening period neared conclusion.
The home side did have the last say of the half when the ever accurate Aiden O’ Donnell fired a 40 metre free between the posts just in time added but the Cargin boys took respite in a comfortable position holding a nine point lead.
Glenravel did start the second half in a less than promising position but the Con Magees side was not about to raise the white flag as they strode into the second period much on the positive.
Adam Neeson, who had been introduced for the concluding thirty minutes signaled arrival with a point within seconds of the restart and when Eoin Hynds grasped the resultant kick out to return between the posts the Glensmen were on the march and their visitors had been nudged out of the comfort zone they had occupied for much of the first period.
As the Cargin men struggled the home side confidently marched onwards and when mid-fielder Eoin Hynds added another couple of points and Dara Donaghy followed with another the home fans began to raise their voice.
Cargin, having struggled to regain composure needed to find inspiration and such was delivered as Jamie Gribbin fetched and was fouled in approach to pave the way for another Pat Shivers pointed free.
A Kyle Johnston catch in the central zone opened the way for Ciaran Bradley to add another and the Toome lads were back in the groove.
Mid fielder Johnston, making a return following a long period on injury combined with Jamie Gribbin again for Jack McAllister to add another point and when the same combination conspired to open the way for the former to split the posts again the Erin’s Own side were at 1-13 to 0-09 as the last quarter commenced.
Glenravel were still striving to get back in contention and back to back points by Conleth O’ Loan and the hard grafting Eoin Hynds ensured hope remained but when Ronan Gribbin moved forward to find the net at the other end the die did look cast.
Aiden O’ Donnell added a point at the other end but it was evident such had been delivered as consolation and indeed this was made quite apparent a minute later as a well laid offensive involving Sean Og Quinn, Shay Bovill, Ronan Gribbin, and Jamie Gribbin sent Jack Mc Allister in to perform the coup de grace as his 57th minute goal signaled the end.
Pat Shivers and Eoin Hynds swapped points at either end in time added to leave the final score at 3-14 to 0-12.
Glenravel: Sean Mc Cusker, Michael Laverty, Declan Mc Auley, Chris Henry, Conor Carey, Aiden Mc Kenna, Niall Swann, Eoin Hynds (0-05), Dara Donnelly (0-01), Aiden O’ Donnell (0-04), Sean Paul Mc Kenna, Caolan Mullan, Conleth O’ Loane (0-01), Odhran Mc Alennan (0-01)
Adam Neeson (0-01) for C Mullan
Michael Mc Donald for O McAlennan
Seannan Black for D Donaghy
James Brown for D McAuley
Cargin: Michael J Mc Guckin, Sean og Quinn, Adam Thornton, Michael Laverty, Shay Bovill (0-01), Ronan Gribbin (1-00), Mark Keegan, Joe Maybin, Kyle Johnston (0-01), Ben Dobbin, Ciaran Bradley (0-04), Jack Mc Allister (1-01), Pat Shivers (1-07), Jamie Gribbin
Referee V Boyle (Cuchullain’s)