Champions off to winning start

                     Northern Switchgear Senior Football Championship

                                                    (Round one-Section 3)

Photographs: Bert Trowlen

St. James Aldergrove 0-04 Erin’s Own Cargin 3-14

Reigning county champions Erin’s Own Cargin got off to a winning start in this year’s competition when they had too much knowhow and firepower for last year’s Intermediate champions, St. James’ Aldergrove in Crumlin today.

The Toome side travelled as the warmest of favourites but the posts proved elusive as they shot 11 first half wides. Despite those misses they were never troubled in defence and they had matters sewn up at the halfway stage when they led by 10 points.

Cargin with the indomitable Michael McCann pulling the strings in the central zone ably assisted by Kevin McShane opened their account with early points from Pat Shivers (0-2) and James Laverty and then a well worked counter attack involving Gerard McCorley, Pat Shivers, Ciaran Bradley, and Michael Clarke opened the door for Mark Kelly to find the net.

Seamus McGarry pointed a 30 metre free to open Aldergrove’s account in the 17th minute, just after the first water break, but another slick counter strike involving Michael Mc Cann, Ciaran Bradley and Enda Mc Grogan saw Michael Clarke finish to the net and the champions were 2-03 to 0-01 ahead.

Kevin Mc Shane, and Ciaran Bradley added points apiece in the latter stages but more opportunities were missed and Aldergrove net-minder, Shane O’Neill made a couple of excellent saves in the first thirty minutes, the best came just before the short whistle as he came off his line to deny Mark Kelly. Still it looked a long way back for Aldergrove as they trailed visitors 2-05 to 0-01 at the break.

The Aldergrove cause was all but lost late in the opening period when mid fielder Corey Fogarty picked up a second card and a mandatory red to follow and a good getaway in the second half and a few early scores were required if they were to have any chance.

But in the event it never happened and it was their guests who were off the mark the quickest and early points by Pat Shivers and Brendan Laverty were followed by a Kevin Mc Shane goal any thoughts of a comeback were quickly dispelled.

The hard grafting mid-fielder concluded a defence splitting movement involving Justin Crozier, James Laverty, and replacement Jamie Gribbin and that was to be that.

Seamus Mc Garry did add a pointed free for the St James’s side and followed with another a few minutes later and the hard grafting Andy Flood followed suit but Jamie Gribbin, Michael Mc Cann, and Michael Clarke replied at the other end and the end was in sight.

 Damien Cassidy took opportunity to introduce a full complement of replacements as the clocked ticked down and  Cargin finished strongly with Donnach McKeever hitting three late points to ensure his side concluded  3-14 to 0-04 winners.

Aldergrove: Shane O’ Neill. Emmett Jardine. Ferdia Carson, Chris Mc Veigh, Chris Mc Steen, Gerard Mallon, Oisin Graham, Corey Fogarty, Seamus Mc Garry (0-03), Ryan Owens, Chris O’ Kane, James Trolan, Conal Quinn, Ronan Hanna, Andy Flodd (0-01)

Subs :

Oran Creaney for J Trolan

Daniel Steel for C Mc Steen

Cargin: Shay Bovill, Gerard Mc Corley, Justin Crozier, Brendan Laverty (0-01), David Johnston, James Laverty (0-01), Ronan Gribbin, Kevin Mc Shane (1-02), Michael Mc Cann (0-01), Ciaran Bradley (0-01), Pat Shivers (0-03),John Carron, Enda Mc Grogan, Mark Kelly (1-00), Michael Clarke (1-01)

Subs:

Kieran Close for M Kelly

Donnach Mc Keever (0-03) for B Laverty

Jamie Gribbin (0-01) for E Mc Grogan

Sean og O’ Neill for C Bradley,

Mark Keegan for P Shivers

Referee C McDonald (St Gall’s)


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