Cargin leave it late but remain unbeaten

Northern Switchgear Senior Football Championship

 (Round three) Group three

Erin’s Own Cargin 1-09 St Brigid’s 1-06

Cargin left it late to keep their unblemished record intact but the last quarter introduction of the McCann brothers, Michael and Tomas helped them gain advantage over a determined St Brigid’s in Toome today.

The South Belfast visitors arrived in the South West in determined mood and in fact stood shoulder to shoulder with the reigning champions for much of the game, giving as good as they got with the sides level entering the final quarter.

The visitors won a lot of broken ball around midfield and a clinical approach saw central defender Michael Cummings find the net in the 19th minute and an upset looked possible.

Cargin were able to respond however with Michael Magill goal but back to back points from Ronan McGrady in the early minutes of the second half saw the sides level at 1-04 apiece.

Cargin introduce Michael and Tomas McCann for the final quarter and with the former pulling the strings in the central zone and Tomas raising a white flag shortly after arrival, late points from Pat Shivers and Sean Og O’ Neill saw them cross the line at 1-9 to 1-6.

A damp afternoon and a heavy shower greeted St Brigid’s as they took on Cargin in the third round of the new look senior championship.

The Toome men have remained undefeated thus far and were fancied to retain their positive record whilst St Brigid’s needed the points to keep their qualification hopes alive.

The home side have a lengthy injury list but got off to a good start with an early Ronan Gribbin point. The visitors were quick to reply as Paddy Finnegan pounced on a wayward pass before firing between the posts.

Cargin took the lead for the second time in the 7th minute as David Johnston combined with Jamie Gribbin before firing over and the hard working centre forward set up Kieran Close a few minutes later and he finished in style to make it 0-03 to 0-01.

The home side were on top in the early stages but St Brigid’s were gaining advantage in the vital central zone and winning a lot of breaking ball.

The Visitors took the lead in the 19th minute through a Michael Cummings goal.

The centre half combined with Peter Lundy, Ronan McGrady and Ethan Carelton and he made no mistake from close range.

Cargin went further behind shortly after when Paul Gowdy made an interception and finished with a point and St Brigid’s were 1-02 to 0-03 ahead.

Cargin responded however and a point from Jamie Gribbin restored order and when Michael Magill rose highest on the edge of the square to send a Pat Shivers delivery to the back of the net they were back in front, 1-04 to 1-02 at the break.

The visitors were first away at the start of the second half and back to back points from centre forward Ronan McGrady brought the sides level once more.

A Kieran Close free which punished a foul on Mark Kelly saw the home side take the lead again and Ronan McGrady and David Johnston exchanged further points to leave it 1-06 to 1-05 in favour of Erin’s Own at the second water break with the points still up for grabs.

St Brigid’s were soon back on terms on the restart as Peter Henvey raised a 50th minute white and at this stage Cargin introduced Michael and Tomas Mc Cann and their nephew Sean Og O’ Neill.

Michael McCann made immediate impact at mid-field as a Sean O’ Neill point restored their lead, Tomas McCann picked himself up after being fouled to add another and when Pat Shivers despatched a 45 metre free kick directly between the posts that was that as the Toome men crossed the line 1-9 to 1-6 ahead.

Cargin: Shay Bovill, Gerard Mc Corley, Justin Crozier, Brendan Laverty, David Johnston (0-01), James Laverty, Ronan Gribbin (0-01), Kevin Mc Shane, Pat Shivers (0-01), Paul McCann, Jamie Gribbin (0-01), Kieran Close (0-02), Mark Kelly, Michael Magill1-01)


Michael McCann for P McCann

Tomas McCann (0-01) for M Clarke

Sean Og O’ Neill (0-01) for K Close

St Brigid’s: Kevin Mc Govern, Sean McKenna, Conor King, Dermot McLaughlin, Paddy Finnegan (0-01), Michael Cummings (1-00), John Toner, John Donnelly, Peter King, Peter Lundy, Ronan McGrady (0-03), Paul Gowdy (0-01), Ruairi Brolly, Joe Finnegan, Ethan Carelton


Peter Henvey (0-01) for P Lundy

James Smith for J Finnegan

Ryan Tweedie for E Carelton

Declan Mc Garvey for D Mc Laughlin

Referee D McKeown (St Gall’s)

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