U-16 A Football Championship
Erin’s Own Cargin 11-10 Tir na Nog 0-04
Cargin got off to a blistering start in the Under-16 A football championship Group 2 when they proved much too strong for Tir na nOg in Toome on Thursday evening.
This was their first taste of action in the competition and an impressive win fully underlined potential aplenty within the ranks of the green and white.
The home side were quick out of the start blocks and after Conhuir Johnston opened account with a first minute point, Cahir O’ Boyle followed suit before Callum Gribbin sent Brogan McNally in to grab a 5th minute goal.
The Randalstown side opened their account with a 13th minute Owen Mc Caughan point after Brogan McNally and Conhuir Johnston had raised back to back points for the home side with the visitors keeper Odhran Loughran pulling off a couple of fine saves to deny Conhuir Johnston.
Tir na nOg were still in contention at the end of the opening quarter but after the ‘water break’ goals from Ryan O’ Neill and Conhuir Johnston who bagged a couple apiece, ensured a 5-04 to 0-01 advantage by the 20th minute.
The visitors tried to respond but they were being outplayed in nearly every department and Charlie McCann raised a fifth green flag in the 22nd minute and late points from Ryan O’ Neill (2), and Tome Shivers ensured a 6-07 to 0-01 interval advantage.
The home side continued to dominate on the restart and an early goal from the impressive Charlie McCann was followed by a Tom Shivers point.
Joe McCormick grabbed a point back for the visitors and Brogan McNally and Tir na nOg’s Conor Mc Kenna swapped points before replacement Jack O’ Neill’s point was followed by another Tom Shivers goal.
The die had long been cast as the game approached conclusion as a well laid counter strike saw Dylan Gallagher well placed by Tom Shivers to finish to the net.
Tir na nOg kept battling against impossible odds and were rewarded when Joe McCormick fired over a point but Cargin were to have the last say and a 60th minute Brogan McNally strike concluded the scoring to leave his side convincing winners.
Cargin: Shea Laverty, Callum Gribbin, Craig Thornton, Ciaran Mc Peake, Ben Mc Larnon, Conan Johnston, Cahir O’ Boyle (0-01), Charlie Mc Cann (2-00), Kian Scullion, Diarmuid Quinn, Tom Shivers (2-03), Caomhin Kennedy, Ryan O’ Neill (2-02), Conhuir Johnston (2-03), Brogan Mc Nally (2-01)
Daniel Mc Cann for Conhuir Johnston
Jack O’ Neill (0-01) for D Quinn
Dylan Gallagher (1-00) for Ryan O’ Neill
Eoin Scullion for C Gribbin
Jack Harney for C McCann
Tir na nOg: Odhran Loughran, Paddy Neeson, Paul Mc Closkey, Sacha Young, Dara Martin, Shane Hinphey, Shane Maguire, Alex O’ Donnell, Sean Grant, Joe Mc Cormick (0-02), Connor Martin, Shane Martin, Owen Mc Caughan (0-01), Conor Mc Kenna, Odhran Murray
Referee C Mallon (Aghagallon)
U16 Football Round-Up
In the other games played tonight Sarsfields had a good win over St. Brigid’s while St. Paul’s and St. Enda’s drew.
Cargin began their campaign in Group 2 with a big win over Tir na nOg and look the side to beat, even at this early stage while St. James’ Aldergrove were impressive in their win over Moneyglass.
U16 B Group 1
St. Gall’s had a big win over St. Brigid’s in the U16 B league while Rossa had too much fire power for Naomh Padraig Lisburn.
U16 B Group 2
Dunloy proved much too strong for St. Comgall’s in the U16 B Group 2, St. Joseph’s Glenavy had a good win over Kickham’s Creggan while St. Mary’s Rasharkin recorded their second win on the trot when they defeated Roger Casement’s.