South West Under-14 League (semi-final)
Erin’s Own Cargin 3-11 St Ergnat’s Moneyglass 2-08
Photographs: Elaine Kelly
Having entered this semi-final as firm favourites, Cargin were forced to dig deep to secure passage, and indeed come from behind against a Tiernan Mc Cormick inspired Moneyglass side in Toome today.
Having progressed through their league programme undefeated, the Erin’s Own lads were asked questions in this one. Although they were off to a flyer through an early Daniel Mc Cann goal Moneyglass had advantage, 2-03 to 1-03 at the break and held that lead until the 25th minute.
Cargin the ever impressive redeployed Conhuir Johnston from mid-field to full forward as Kian Scullion took over in the middle and when the former got on to the end of a precision based movement to find the net in the 28th minute this proved the turning point with the home side going on to a 3-11 to 2-08 winning verdict.
Starting as firm favourites and favoured by a home venue Cargin started the under-14 league semi-final on the positive and after Conhuir Johnston opened account with an opening minute point Daniel Mc Cann added a goal a couple of minutes later.
The opening exchanges suggested the game was progressing to script with the previously unbeaten Cargin in charge but their parish rivals soon served notice that they were not making appearance to make up numbers.
With Tiernan Mc Cormick leading the charge, providing the assist for Sean Boyd to fire to the net before adding another himself shortly to ensure Moneyglass enjoyed a 2-03 to 1-03 interval advantage.
Cargin moved Conhuir Johnston to full forward and moved Kian Scullion to midfield alongside Charlie Mc Cann at the start of the second half and the move paid dividends but Moneyglass were first off the mark in the second half as Jamie Mc Laughlin raced forward to split the posts.
Conhuir Johnston soon made reply in kind at the other end before Kevin McCann raced through the middle to restore the four point margin.
At this stage an upset looked on the cards but that was about to change as Conhuir Johnston and Ryan O’ Neill raised white flags apiece before a slick approach involving Callum Gribbin, Charlie Mc Cann, and Diarmuid saw the former finish to the back of the net to see Cargin take advantage.
Moneyglass rallied to the cause as Jamie Mc Laughlin and Ewan Mc Grath added points apiece and Sean Boyd was unlucky to be denied by the wood work with a fine strike.
Kian Scullion and Charlie Mc Cann began to get on top at mid-field for the home side however and the Toome boys were to dominate the closing stages.
Conhuir Johnston went on to raise back to back white flags with a Tiernan Mc Cormick responding with a point but it was to be all Cargin in the latter stages.
Ryan O’ Neill raced through to raise white before Conhuir Johnston followed suit and when replacement Jack O’ Neill made a superb intervention to send Conhuir Johnston in to make the goal net bulge the end was in sight.
Moneyglass battled right to conclusion but the home side rear guard stood tall despite losing full back Hugh O’ Donnell to a black card and a late Conhuir Johnston Point saw them breast the winning line and into the under-14 league decider at 3-11 to 2-08.
Cargin: Brogan Mc Nally, Brian Darragh, Hugh o’ Donnell, Patrick Machnik, Jack Harney, Ciaran Mc Peake, Callum Gribbin, Charlie Mc Cann, Conhuir Johnston (2-09), Ben Mc Larnon, Cahir O’ Boyle, Ryan O’ Neill (0-02), Daniel Mc Cann (1-00), Kian Scullion, Diarmuid Quinn
Carl Mc Cann for D Quinn
Jack O’ Neill for D Mc Cann
Fiontan O’ Donnell for Hugh O’ Donnell
Moneyglass: Callum Graham, Oisin O’ Donnell, Seanan O’ Boyle, Damien Duffin, Sean Boyd (1-01), Paul Duffin, Jamie Mc Laughlin (0-04), Rory Taggart, Kevin Mc Cann (0-01), Tiernan Mc Cormick (1-01), Nate Dixon, Tadgh Mc Ateer, Mark Duffin, Ewan Mc Grath (0-01), Callum Murray
Sean Mc Auley for C Murray
Shay Graffin for N Friel
N Friel for S O’ Boyle
Referee P Lagan (Casement’s)