Laverty Cup (U18) quarter-final
St James Aldergrove 2-14 Erin’s Own Cargin 6-08
Favourites Cargin advanced to the semi-final of the Laverty Cup when they proved much too strong for St. James’ Aldergrove in Crumlin on Thursday evening. All the damage was done in a blistering opening half when the visitors rattled the Aldergrove net six times to leave the home side a mountain to climb.
Aldergrove gave it everything in the second half, outscoring their visitors and hitting some fine points but never really looked like pulling this one out of the fire despite a brave effort.
Cargin who are unbeaten thus far in 2000 took the game to the home side in a pulsating opening half in a game which was to fit the ‘game of two halves’ category.
The very lively PJ Quinn opened their account with an early goal and added a second shortly after.
Aldergrove found a way through the visitors defence early in the game but their visitors were firing on all cylinders and goals from Cian Scullion, and another from the impressive Sean Og O’ Neill saw them at 4-00 to 1-02 at the end of the opening quarter.
Cargin were quick to give employment again to the scoreboard attendant as the pace laden PJ Quinn added a further major and although the home side returned fire with a couple of points a late Conhuir Johnston goal ensured a 6-00 to 1-05 interval advantage.
The home side facing a ten point deficit as the game entered the second half but with the Cargin defence in which Conan Johnston PJ Quinn and Conhuir Johnston were outstanding, the visitors were still much in charge, leading 6-05 to 1-06 at the second water break.
St. James’ gave it everything in the final quarter and a 48th minute goal provided impetus and with ten minutes remaining they had reduced the gap to six and hopes were raised.
Cargin were able to find a response however and a couple of late points saw them cross the finish line and into the semi-final of the Laverty Cup 6-08 to 2-14 ahead and on this form they look firm favourites to go all the way.