Creagh Concrete Minor Football (round one)
St James Aldergrove 1-07 Erin’s Own Cargin 4-10
by Geordie McGuckin
Defending county champions Erin’s Own Cargin opened their account for the new season when they gained a win over St James Aldergrove at a sun baked Crumlin on Saturday afternoon
The Toome men were expected to face stiff opposition in this one, but as things turned out the boys in green were just too strong for their hosts. The home side did gain advantage when the back in harness Ryan Mc Carthy grabbed a 9th minute goal but Cargin hit back with one at the other end from Benen Kelly, a score which boosted the visitors confidence.
The Erin’s Own lads gained an early advantage via a Conhuir Johnston point and although the first year minor added another soon afterwards, a lofted Gareth O’ Toole delivery opened the way for Ryan Mc Carthy to bundle over the line and see the Crumlin lads to get their noses ahead 1-01 to 0-02.
The county champs were now getting into the groove but by the end of the opening quarter they only had points by Shane Gribbin and Benen Kelly to show for their efforts, and a late Ryan Mc Carthy point kept the home side in touch. Cargin did go on to lead 1-04 to 1-02 at the end of the opening period but in truth they should have been further ahead.
The Erin’s Own lads had the services of the breeze in the second half and an early PJ Quinn point after a smart Odhran Molloy clearance seemed to settle them and a couple more provided by Eunan Quinn and Conhuir Johnston ensured a five point advantage 1-07 to 1-05 at the 40th minute.
Daniel Shields nipped inside his marker to grab a point back for the St James’s lads in the 44th minute but it was negated within a minute by PJ Quinn who was most unlucky to see his cheeky lob just end on the crossbar and over.
Cargin were gaining in confidence and composure as the game progressed and only a minute after the second period ‘water break’ they were to strike out for home when a foul inside the area on Tom Shivers saw Conhuir Johnston fire to the net and ensure an eight point advantage 2-08 to 1-03.
The Crumlin lads tried to provide a response and indeed Michael Blayney did provide a chink of light but Tom Shivers sent a second penalty up and over the bar and Eunan Quinn added another and a superb PJ Quinn delivery added a 54th minute goal.
The corner man having been denied from a similar attempt a few minutes earlier certainly got it right in a second attempt with his outrageous chip from away out on the left hand side finished snugly in the corner of the net.
A superb finish earning reward and ensuring his side a 3-10 to 1-05 advantage and the die was cast.
The home side battled to the end and were rewarded with a couple of late scores as corner man Glen Dunnan raised a couple back to back white flags but Cargin were to have the last say as a Cahir Donnelly clearance and a Benen Kelly assist opened the way for Eunan Kelly to grab a fourth goal to ease the 2019 minor champions over the winning line at 4-10 to 1-07.
Referee S Elliot (Lamh Dhearg)
David Johnston, Conor Ferguson, David Aiken, Logan Fleming, Aiden Irvine, Eoin Geogh, Malachy Burns, Emmett Irvine, Eoin Hamill, Gareth O’ Toole, Michael Blayney (0-01), Aaron O’ Connor (0-01), Daniel Shields (0-02), Ryan Mc Carthy (1-01), Glen Dunnan (0-02)
Conleth Hanna for A O’ Connor
Oran Rooney for G O’ Toole
Shea Laverty, Conan Johnston, Cahir Donnelly, Diarmuid Mc Peake, Malachi Johnston, Sean og O’ Neill, Conan Kennedy, Odhran Molloy, Eunan Quinn (1-02), Charlie Mc Cann, Benen Kelly (1-01), Shane Gribbin (0-01), Tom Shivers (0-01, Conhuir Johnston (1-03), PJ Quinn (1-02)
Kian Scullion for C Kennedy
Conor Kelly for PJ Quinn
Cahir O’ Boyle for S Gribbin