Creagh Concrete Minor A Football (group one)
Erin’s Own Cargin 5-11 All Saint’s Ballymena 1-09
Cargin remain on top of the heap when they gained the verdict at the expense of an Aidan Scullion inspired All Saint’s side at a windswept Toome on Thursday evening last.
The Toome side, facing the strong breeze in the opening half, looked to a strong defensive unit with centre back Sean Og O’ Neill leading the line and with Benen Kelly defying the elements when he planted a couple of free kicks between the posts in the opening quarter.
The visitors took advantage when the pace laden Aidan Scullion raised a trio of white flags before the first water break but when Paudie Mc Laughlin eluded his shadow Ryan Mc Cartney to earn a 16th minute penalty Conhuir Johnston slotted the award home.
The wind assisted Ballymena finished the opening half with a couple of late points from the dangerous Aidan Scullion in answer to a Conhuir Johnston effort which saw the home side take respite from the elements with a slender 2-03 to 0-05 advantage.
Cargin started the second half with the last remnants of Storm Ellen as a friend and Eunan Quinn made the first mark with an early point.
Sean Og O’ Neill and Conhuir Johnston had laid the foundations and the former was prominent a couple of minutes later as he was first to a rebound after the visitor’s net minder denied Tom Shivers from close range to make it 2-04 to 0-05 in favour of Erin’s Own.
The visitors were quick to post reply as Ronan Mc Killop and Aidan Scullion linked on a left sided approach to send Paddy O’ Brien in on target and although Cargin net minder Shea Laverty made a good save the rebound was collected by the incoming Cal O’ Brien to fire to the net.
All Saint’s kept battling but Cargin were now on top and a fine Odhran Molloy point was followed by another from Conhuir Johnston.
Aidan Scullion nipped away to score an impressive 41st minute point but a superb Odhran Molloy delivery sent Paudie Mc Laughlin in for a 44th minute major to ensure a 3-06 to 1-07 advantage at the second water break.
The home side pressed home their advantage in the closing stages and further goals from Tom Shivers and Conhuir Johnston saw them scamper away into a 5-09 to 1-07 advantage.
The die had been well cast and the Cargin management took full opportunity to research the bench in the closing minutes with Cargin convincing 5-11 to 1-09 winners at the final whistle.
Cargin: Shea Laverty, Diarmuid Mc Peake, Cahir Donnelly, Craig Thornton, Malachi Johnston, Sean Og O’ Neill (1-00), Conan Johnston, Odhran Molloy (0-01), Eunan Quinn (0-02), Charlie Mc Cann, Benen Kelly (0-02), Conan Kennedy, Tom Shivers (1-01), Conhuir Johnston (2-05), Paudie Mc Laughlin (1-01)
Shane Gribbin for C Kennedy
Ben Mc Larnon for T Shivers
Ciaran Mc Peake for C Thornton
Dylan Mc Erlaine for E Quinn
Cian Scullion for C Johnston
All Saint’s: Daniel McCoy, Jude Casey, Michael Read, Ryan Mc Cartney, Richard Mc Cann, Patrick Ferris, Ronan Mc Killop, Conal Killough, Cal O’ Brien (1-00), Aidan Scullion (0-07), Luke White, Ciaran Campbell, Paddy O’ Brien, Jamie Montgomery, Russ Mc Kay (0-01) Sub: Sean Hasson for C O’Brien
Referee R Lappin (Lamh Dhearg)