McAuley goal paves the way for Cargin derby win

Senior Reserve Cup

Cargin 1-14 Creggan 0-9

A 12th minute Sean McAuley goal laid the foundations for a Cargin win as they claimed the verdict over their parish rivals Creggan in a lively reserve championship game in Toome tonight.

A clever delivery by pace laden corner forward PJ Quinn opened the door for Mc Auley to deliver the finish and send the home side to a 1-07 to 0-05 interval advantage.

Creggan, with the introduction of fresh legs in the second half battled hard but the Cargin defence stood firm, with Jamie Kennedy, Sean og Quinn and replacement Kyle Johnston leading by example. At the other end Sean O’ Neill was proving a real handful, hitting 0-7 over the hour.

Cargin opened on the positive as they played hosts to their near neighbours and close rivals Kickham’s Creggan in the second round of the reserve Cup this evening.

Central defender Jamie Kennedy open the scoring in the second minute and Sean Og O’Neill added another a couple of minutes later as the home side opened brightly.

Creggan replied when the impressive Tiernan Burke guided a 35 metre free between the posts following a foul on the high fielding Paddy McAuley.

The home side’s PJ Quinn was quick off the mark and strong in possession and when Darren Craig made delivery the former gathered before a cute ‘over the top’ delivery’ opened the way for Sean Mc Auley to find the net.

Tiernan Burke made reply at the other end when he hoisted a second white flag in the 13th minute but the home side were quick to respond and a trio of unanswered points by Sean O’ Neill, Dermot McGuckin, and Peadar McKeever ensured a  1-05 to 0-03 advantage at the end of the opening quarter and the first ‘water break’.

Creggan made the better start to the second quarter as full forward Tiernan Burke raised another white flag but Cargin made quick reply as a Darren Craig delivery found PJ Quinn and he delivered between the posts.

The visitors replied as Liam McCann guided his shot between the posts in the 28th minute but the home side had the last score of the half as Sean Og O’ Neill claimed another point as he delivered from away out on the left hand side to ensure a 1-07 to 0-05 interval lead.

The home side started the second half as they had concluded the first with a couple of early points through the impressive Sean Og O’ Neill.

Creggan replied when Liam McCann fired over at the other end but back came the home side and PJ Quinn punished a foul on Peadar McKeever as he sent the award between the posts. Cargin continued to press and Gavin Pollock combined with Dermot Mc Guckin and Mark Keegan to grab an eye catching 44th minute point.

Sean Og O’ Neill added another point to his impressive personal tally but back came the Creggan men with purpose and Dermot McCann was on hand to fire over a fine point and when Tiernan Burke added another they looked in business but the home side were not about to give further ground.

Erin’s Own launched another attack and Odhran McGuckin made an excellent catch before Peadar McKeever sent Jamie Kennedy away to raise white and the die was cast.

The Kickham’s tried to respond but the Cargin defence, with Kyle Johnston leading the way, were not to make any late concessions and a late Joe Maybin point saw them cross the line 1-14 to 0-09 ahead.

Cargin: Conor Ewart, Sean og Quinn, Dermot Mc Peake, Gavin Pollock (0-01), Darren Craig, Mark Keegan, Dermot Mc Guckin (0-01), Joe Maybin (0-01), Peadar Mc Keever (0-01), Sean og O’ Neill (0-07), Sean Mc Auley (1-00), PJ Quinn (0-02), Odhran Mc Guckin, Shay Bovill


Kyle Johnston for D Mc Peake

Conor Mc Larnon for S Mc Auley

Ben Dobbin for D Craig

Eamon Laverty for G Pollock

Creggan: Murtagh McCaigue, John Mc Auley, Conor Mc Auley, Jake Mc Ateer, Killian Burke, Dermot Mc Cann (0-01), Ethan Carey Small, Pearse Mc Auley, Stephen Mc Auley, Frank Mc Auley (0-01), Liam Mc Cann (0-01), Ronan Burke, Tiernan Burke (0-06), Brian Mc Ateer


Caolan Mc Cann for B Mc Ateer

Donal Carey for D Mulholland

Leigh Johnston for L Mc Cann

Referee J Moran (St James)

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