Breslin Cup Under-16 (semi-final)
Erin’s Own Cargin 5-07 St Enda’s Glengormley 0-04
Cargin under-16s claimed a berth in the Breslin Cup decider on Sunday evening when they proved too strong for the visiting St Enda’s on a sodden Toome pitch.
The Erin’s Own lads have proceeded this season unbeaten to date and although they started this latest assignment as warm favourites they had to dig deep after a lack lustre opening quarter to ensure progress.
It took them a while to get it together having made just a single mark in the wind assisted opening quarter in which Caomhin Kennedy had found the net and were reduced in number before the water break they had failed to impress.
Kennedy’s goal came after several promising approaches went for naught and when the lively Cahir O’ Boyle was shown red they reached the first water break with just that solitary score on the board.
St Enda’s made life difficult for their hosts from the outset but the home side returned to the action in the second quarter in a more determined mode and an early Tom Shivers point preceded a Conhuir Johnston goal and when Shivers was upended inside the square the latter tucked the resultant spot kick away to ensure a 3-02 to 0-01 lead as the end of the opening half approached.
A Ryan Kelly point saw the visitors off the mark but the last score of the half came from full back Cahir Donnelly who made the long journey forward from defence to finish with a superb point and make it 3-04 to 0-01 at the short whistle.
Having made a promising start and making impression in the central zone At Enda’s did look for a good start to second period proceedings but the Toome lads were having none of that and a couple of early points via Conhuir Johnston settled the nerves.
Conhuir Johnston, now operating in the middle of the park finished with precision, and after the St Enda’s net minder, Dylan Graham denied replacement Brogan McNally from close range, Tom Shivers rose highest to collect on the edge of the square and finish to the net.
St. Enda’s worked hard to get back into the game but the Cargin defence were rock solid with Conan Johnston and Cahir Donnelly leading by example and the visitors could find no way through.
The visitors were rewarded for their persistence with a few late scores as Adam Kelly raised a couple of late white flags but Cargin had the final say and Diarmuid Quinn found the net to see his side advance to the Breslin Cup decider.
Cargin: Shea Laverty, Hugh O’ Donnell, Cahir Donnelly (0-01), Craig Thornton, Ben Mc Larnon, Conan Johnston, Diarmuid Mc Peake, Charlie Mc Cann, Kian Scullion, Caomhin Kennedy (1-01), Tom Shivers (1-01), Diarmuid Quinn (1-00), Cahir O’ Boyle, Conhuir Johnston (2-04), Ryan O’ Neill
Brogan Mc Nally for R O’ Neill
Dylan Mc Erlean for C Kennedy
St Enda’s: Dylan Graham, Ciaran Mc Ginley, Caolan Mc Cormack, Matthew Mc Gibbon, Eoghan O’Hara, Daniel O‘ Kane, Sean Murray, Ryan Ferguson, Ruairi Hamilton, Frank Doran, Ryan Kelly (0-02), Colm Curran, Adam Kelly (0-02
Leo O‘ Loinsigh for A Mc Cann
Matthew Girvan for C Curran
Referee J Brady (All Saint’s)