Northern SwitchGear quarter-final
Cargin 2-22 Rossa 0-7
Reigning county champions Cargin took another step in defence of their title when they dismissed the challenge of O’ Donavan Rossa to claim a place in the semi-final in Clooney tonight.
A couple of late goals by second half substitutes, Enda McGrogan and Mark Kelly put the icing on a polished performance but the winning margin did not flatter Cargin with the Toome men dominating throughout.
Rossa arrived to the South West in search of victory following their superb win in the senior hurling quarter final at the week end and in search of a place in the football semi-final.
Cargin were in no mood to comply to their wishes however and right from outset they took the game to their opponents and were three points up after 4 minute.
Kevin McShane won the throw in and opened the door for Tomas McCann to open account with Pat Shivers then providing the ammunition for McCann to add another brace.
Rossa got off the mark in the 6th minute through a Sean Pat Donnelly point with Pat Shivers and Brendan Laverty replying at the other end but a stylish long range Stephen Beatty point suggested that Rossa might make a game of it.
They flattered to deceive however and Cargin responded with further points by the excellent Tomas McCann and another from his sibling Michael before David Johnston set up Pat Shivers to make it 0-08 to 0-02.
Cargin continued to dominate after the ‘water break’ and Rossa net minder Michael Byrne was called on to make a splendid save to deny Justin Crozer before Tomas Mc Cann pointed and Pat Shivers added another to move his side 0-10 to 0-02 ahead.
Rossa battled to get into the game and Dominic Mc Enhill grabbed a fine point and Thomas Morgan raced in from the left and shot for goal but Cargin keeper John Mc Nabb made a fine save.
Back came Cargin and a foul on Ciaran Bradley was punished when Pat Shivers delivered the resultant free between the posts and then a slick counter saw David Johnston combine with Kevin McShane and the flying wing back raised white to ensure a 0-12 to 0-03 lead for the Erin’s Own at the end of the opening period.
Rossa started the second half nine points in arrears but the nimble Sean Pat Donnelly offered hope when he punished a foul on Stephen Beatty after two minutes play.
Cargin responded and Michael McCann fired over a fine point and Tomas McCann added another to punish an indiscretion on Ciaran Bradley.
Wing half forward Bradley was causing concern aplenty for the Rossa rear guard and he set up Pat Shivers to add a point before Jamie Gribbin nipped away on the right hand side to split the posts and the reigning champions were in complete control.
The die was well and truly cast as the tie moved into the last quarter as the Rossa challenge wilted with the rigours of the past few days taking their toll on their dual players but Dominic McEnhill added a point and Sean Pat Donnelly followed with another but that was as good as it got.
Cargin finished the game as they had started with Ciaran Bradley and Pat Shivers adding to their ever increasing total and the majority of the traffic was now heading towards the Rossa goal.
James Laverty, Pat Shivers and Jamie Gribbin then combined to open up the way for Enda Mc Grogan to find the net and Pat Shivers raised another white flag to punish a foul on Ciaran Bradley before a David Johnston’s delivery opened the way for Mark Kelly to add a second goal.
Colm Fleming replied with a consolation score for the gallant Rossa men but Gerard McCann had the game’s final score with his 61st minute point ushering the Erin’s Own men into the semi-final.
Cargin: John Mc Nabb, Kevin O’ Boyle, Justin Crozier, Brendan Laverty (0-01), David Johnston (0-01), James Laverty, Ronan Gribbin, Kevin Mc Shane (0-01), Michael Mc Cann (0-02), Ciaran Bradley (0-03), Pat Shivers (0-07), John Carron, Jamie Gribbin (0-01), Tomas Mc Cann (0-07), Sean Og O’ Neill
Enda Mc Grogan (1-00) for S O’ Neill
Paul Mc Cann for M Mc Cann
Marty Kane for B Laverty
Mark Kelly (1-00) for T Mc Cann
Rossa: Michael Byrne, Gavin Mc Grath, Stephen Shannon, Niall Crossan, Gerard Walsh, Christopher Mc Guinness, Richard Gowdy, Stephen Beatty (0-01), Sean P Donnelly (0-03), Dominic Mc Enhill (0-02), Deaglain Murphy, Colm Fleming (0-01), Conal Mc Donnell, Thomas Morgan
Michael Mc Greevey for G Walsh
Matthew Mallon for S Shannon
Oisin Mc Vicar for C Mc Guinness
Michael Close for T Morgan
Ruaidhri Currie for D Murphy
Referee K Doherty (Rasharkin)