Creagh Concrete Minor Football A Championship
(Round three) group 1
Tir na nOg Randalstown 1-03 Erin’s Own Cargin 4-16
Cargin kept on the winning trail and continue as leaders of their section when they secured the points in no uncertain fashion with a win over Tir na nOg at Whitehill on Thursday evening.
The Toome side took time to find the target as their hosts stood firm during the opening exchanges. The home side were still much in contention in the early stages and a couple of Conor Hastings points after the first water break suggested they could make a game of it.
Cargin had a 0-05 to 0-00 lead after an opening quarter with both Benen Kelly and Tom Shivers denied by the posts before those back to back scores from the home side’s centre forward hinted at better to come.
Cargin were quick to return fire and a slick approach saw Sean O’ Neill, and Benen Kelly combine to open the way to the target.
The Tir na nOg net minder Adam Reid, who was excellent throughout, made a splendid save to deny Paudie McLaughlin but Benen Kelly was quick to get a hand to the loose leather and return it over the line to put his side 1-05 to 0-02 ahead.
The Randalstown side were battling hard to get into contention but the Cargin defence were giving nothing away and Sean Og O’ Neill and Odhran Molloy combined with Tom Shivers and the later fired to the net.
A stunning goal and the same player added a couple of points and Benen Kelly followed with another to ensure a 2-07 to 0-02 interval advantage.
The visitors continued to dominate on the restart and further points by Conor Johnston, Paudie McLaughlin, Tom Shivers and Benen Kelly in the opening minutes saw them stride further ahead.
The home side kept battling away but the Cargin defence were giving nothing away with Cahir Donnelly and Sean Og O’ Neill leading by example and they went further ahead through Tom Shivers, Eunan Quinn and PJ Quinn with Conor Hastings making reply in kind at the other end to leave the visitors 2-14 to 0-03 ahead at the end of the third quarter.
The die was certainly cast as the last quarter progressed and the hard working PJ Quinn bagged back to back goals to put the visitors out of site with the lead extended to 4-14 to 0-03.
Although the cause was lost and the end most certainly in sight the home side, gallant to the finish, earned some reward for honest endeavour in the latter stages and a well laid approach and a fine finish saw Conor Hastings grab a 56th minute goal with Paudie McLaughlin replying with the game’s final score to leave Cargin 4-15 to 1-03 winners.
Tir na nOg: Adam Reid, Rory Mullan, Brandon Mc Larnon, Kian Devine, Shane Hinfey, Conor Mc Camphill, Paddy Dougan, Chris Mc Kenna, Alex O’ Donnell, Conor Hastings (2-03), Daniel O’ Neill, Colm Mc Donnell, Pat Higgins, Oliver O’ Donnell
Sean Grant for B Mc Larnon
Brandon Mc Larnon for C Mc Donnell
Daniel Martin for R Mullan
Cargin: Shea Laverty, Conan Johnston, Cahir Donnelly, Diarmuid Mc Peake, Malachi Johnston, Sean og O, Neill (1-01), Shane Gribbon, Odhran Molloy, Eunan Quinn (0-01), Charlie Mc Cann, Benen Kelly (1-03),, Shane Gribbin, Tom Shivers (0-04), PJ Quinn, Conhuir Johnston (0-03), Paudie Mc Laughlin (0-04)
Conan Kennedy for S Gribbon
Conor Kelly for S Laverty
Ben Mc Larnon for C Johnston
Kian Scullion for T Shivers
Craig Thornton for C Johnston
Referee John Moran (Aldergrove)