Reserve Football Cup (group two)
Kickham’s Creggan 2-13 Erin’s Own Cargin 0-08
A couple of goals by Liam McCann, the first just prior to the first water break and a second from the same player just a minute into the second laid the foundation for a Creggan victory over close rivals Cargin in the Reserve Cup at a chilly Staffordstown road on Friday evening.
The hard grafting wing half forward found space in front of the visitors post to collect a Frank Mc Auley cross in the opening quarter and open up a five point lead, and when he was sent in on target via a cute Tiernan Burke flick to add a second green flag at the three quarter mark the Creggan men were on their way to victory.
Cargin made the journey to Creggan as unbeaten group but their hosts dominated the central zone from the outset where the high fielding Paddy Mc Auley ruled the roost and they had established a 0-06 to 0-02 advantage by the end of the 10th minute.
Tiernan Burke, stationed on the edge of the square was as a potent threat to the Cargin defence throughout and opened his side’s account with a 2nd minute point and Leigh Martin followed suit shortly after.
John Mc Nabb and Enda McGrogan raised white flags for the visitors but Tiernan Burke rose highest to collect and forward between the posts to restore the Kicham’s lead.
The home side were slowly getting on top and Liam McCann found space to collect a cross on the edge of the square to fire home and Odhran McCann’s side were deserving five point leaders at the first ‘water break’.
A couple of John Mc Nabb points early in the second quarter hinted at a Cargin revival but the home side still were dominating the central zone through John Mc Auley and Caolan Mc Cann and finished the opening period on top.
Liam Mc Cann increased his personal haul with back to back points and although Shay Bovill had the last point for the Toome men it was Creggan who led 1-08 to 0-06 at the break.
Creggan start the second half with a point from Jake McAteer after a long trek forward to finish with an eye catching score but John McNabb answered in kind at the other end when he punished a foul on Enda McGrogan.
Cargin were now enjoying more possession at mid-field where Michael Magill was proving strong but the Erin’s Own outfit were finding the way to the opposition posts hard to navigate and Tiernan Burke responded from a 44th minute free to leave Creggan a 1-10 to 0-07 ahead at the second water break.
The last quarter was still very much in its infancy when the home side struck out for home and a Tiernan Burke delivery sent Liam Mc Cann in for his second goal and Leigh Johnston followed with a point and the die was cast.
Shay Bovill replied with a point for the visitors when he got his fist to a John Mc Nabb ‘45’ but the Kickham’s finished strongly and Leigh Martin and replacement Odhran McCann added late points to leave their side convincing winners.
Cargin still lead the way in the rankings a couple of points ahead of Creggan with Rossa one point in arrears of the Kickham’s men.
Cargin play hosts to Rossa on Wednesday evening with Creggan set to visit the Shaw’s road next Friday 7th September.
Leon Bonnes, John Mc Auley, Conor Mc Auley, Jake Mc Ateer (0-01), Cillian Burke, Dermot Mc Cann, Ethan Carey Small, Paddy Mc Auley, Caolan Mc Cann, Liam Mc Cann (2-02), Dominic Mc Ateer, Frank Mc Auley, Mark Dougan (0-01), Tiernan Burke (0-04), Leigh Martin (0-04)
Aiden Mc Keown for D Mc Ateer
Odhran Mc Cann (0-01) for M Dougan
Sean Mc Auley for L Mc Cann
D Mulholland for J Mc Auley
B Mc Ateer for L Martin
Conor Ewart, Sean og Quinn, Brian og Devlin, Gavin Pollock, Ronan Devlin, Jamie Kennedy, Mark Keegan, Odhran Mc Guckin, Michael Magill, Enda Mc Grogan (0-02), Peadar Mc Keever, Dermot Mc Guckin, John Mc Nabb (0-04), Shay Bovill.
Conor Mc Larnon for O Mc Guckin
Darren Craig for G Pollock
Dualtach Johnston for S Mc Auley
Odhran Mc Guckin for C Ewart
Referee M Quinn (St Enda’s)