Late penalty strike earns Cargin a point

A C League U-17 Div One (Round One)

Erin’s Own Cargin 2-10 All Saint’s Ballymena 2-10

An injury time goal by Conhuir Johnston ensured Cargin shared the points with the visiting All Saint’s in an hugely enjoyable under-17 league opener in Toome on Sunday.

The talented mid fielder was halted illegally en route to the target and after regaining composure he delivered the spot kick to the back of the net to ensure a share of the spoils.

All Saints took a time to get into their stride in this opening game in the first round of the all county under 17 league after the home side had nipped into a 0-03 to 0-01 advantage. The Toome lads had early points via Cahir Donnelly, Tom Shivers and Ryan O’ Neill in answer to a 7th minute Oisin O’Mullan pointed free.

The home wasted a few opportunities to increase advantage in the early stages but they led at the first water break 0-3 to 0-01 but that lead was not to last.

Back to back points by Ciaran Mc Quillan and Oisin O’Mullan saw the visitors draw level and further points from the excellentOisin O’Mullan in the 20th minute and another by mid fielder Cal O’ Brien opened up a two point gap 0-05 to 0-03.

A 26th minute Conhuir Johnston pointed free saw Cargin close the gap but the resultant kick out saw the Ballymena lads grab a goal.

Cal O’ Brien rose highest to claim the kick out and in a slick approach which involved Oisin O’Mullan and Ryan Martin a strong finish proved accurate in the extreme and the visitors had nipped into a four point advantage.

Conhuir Johnston had the last say on first half proceedings as he punished an indiscretion on Callum Gribbin to send over and leave All Saint’s 1-05 to 0-05 ahead at the interval.

The home side started the second half with an early Tom Shivers point after a slick movement which involved Eoin Scullion, Ciaran Mc Peake and Callum Gribbin but Kevin O’ Boyle replied at the other end to negate that effort.

The action was intense in end to end fashion at the start of the concluding thirty minutes as score at one end prompted quick reply at the other.

Another foul on Callum Gribbin was punished as Conhuir Johnston delivered the placed effort between the posts and similarly after Cal O’ Brien’s fetch in the middle opened the way for Ryan Martin to split the posts Tom Shivers sent Ryan O’ Neill away to post similar reply at the other end.

Another stylish Oisin O’Mullan 42nd minute finish yielded a fine point to see the Ballymena lads enjoy a 1-08 to 0-08 advantage but a Conhuir Johnston reply at the other end and a Callum Gribbin follow up ensured only the minimum separated the sides at the second water break.

The last quarter continued in the same intensity as the pendulum of fortune swung from end to end before a Conhuir Johnston 51st minute strike yielded a goal and he added a point to level the contest.

The visitors were not about to give up the ghost however and a superb Cal O’ Brien major at the other end looked a winner as time ticked onwards and points seemed secured.

Cargin were not about to give up the ghost however and although a Tom Shivers ‘injury time’ effort came back off the cross bar they were not about to throw in the towel.

Time still remained  and when Conhuir Johnston was fouled en route to the target again in the 33rd minute a penalty was the judgement, and the impressive mid fielder grabbed the opportunity, tucking the leather away to ensure a draw 2-10 apiece and honours even.

Cargin: Shea Laverty, Eoin Scullion, Cahir Donnelly (0-01), Hugh O’ Donnell, Craig Thornton, Ben Mc Lernon, Ciaran Mc Peake, Cian Scullion, Conhuir Johnston (2-05), Caoimhinn Kennedy, Diarmuid Quinn, Ryan O’ Neill (0-01), Callum Gribbin (0-01), Tom Shivers (0-02), Daniel Mc Cann


Jack O’ Neill for D Mc Cann

Jack Harney for E Scullion

All Saint’s: Daniel McCloy, Ryan Thom. Aodhan McGarry, Oilver ORawe, Dara Killough, Archie McGreevey, Tiernan McGurk, Cal O’Brien 1-1, Rhys Wright, Kevin O Boyle 1-2, Ciaran McQuillan 0-2, Ryan Martin 0-1, Niall Devine, Tyrone Mitchel, Oisin O’Mullan 0-4,.

 Referee Joe Mc Cavanagh (St Comgall’s)

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