Cargin regain that winning habit

Homefit ACFL Division One (round four)

Erin’s Own Cargin 1-19 Casement’s Portglenone 0-11

Cargin recovered from their reversal on Sunday last when they lost out to Rossa, to get back to winning ways when they proved too strong for the visiting Casement’s in Toome on Wednesday evening.

Damien Cassidy’s side started very much on the positive and had nipped away to a three point advantage in the opening five minutes.

Paul Mc Cann opened their account with a smart opening score followed in kind by John Carron and Ciaran Bradley.

The visitors did get off the mark when ace marksman Michael Hagen fired a 30 metre free kick between the posts but such was to find quick reply as a superb catch by Kevin Mc Shane and an accurate off load placed Ciaran Bradley to raise white before Mark Kelly sent David Johnston in for another.

An Oisin Doherty point saw the Bannsider’s double their tally but the Toome side replied and Mark Kelly and Ciaran Bradley opened the way for Benen Kelly to add a fine 14th minute point.

The home side were forced into change in the first quarter when Ciaran Bradley was forced out of the game being replaced by Paudie Mc Laughlin who was just in time to see Mark Kelly fire a 16th minute penalty to the net.

Paudie Mc Laughlin who had replaced Bradley had been upended as he was in the act of pulling the trigger saw the man in charge point to the spot with full forward Kelly finishing in style to ensure a 1-06 to 0-02 advantage at the first water break.

Cargin continued to impress with the impressive Kevin McShane adding a 17th point a couple of minutes into the second quarter.

The visitors responded and Oisin Doherty fired over a good point with Ronan Gribbin replying for the home side before Michael Kelly and Conal Delargy combined to send corner back Ronan Delargy in to fire between the posts in the 29th minute.

After playing second fiddle to their hosts for most of the opening period Portglenone were now enjoying a period of ascendancy and a 31st minute Conal Delargy point offered hopes of a come-back with the home side’s lead reduced to six points, 1-08 to 0-05.

It was not to be however as Kieran Close punished an indiscretion on Paudie Mc Laughlin in the 32nd minute when he directed the resultant free kick between the posts with the latter following in kind a couple of minutes later.

Oisin Doherty got Portglenone on their way again when he fired between the posts in the 35th minute and when Michael Hagen added another the visitors had regained a semblance of hope.

Cargin were not in any mood to relinquish a firm grip on proceedings however and further points from the strong running John Carron, Brendan Laverty, Paudie Mc Laughlin and the majestic Kevin Mc Shane saw them 1-14 to 0-06 ahead at the second water break and the die was cast.

Cargin took opportunity to send further replacements into the fray for the closing stages with Shane Gribbon, Eunan Quinn, and PJ Quinn given the experience of game time with further points from Paul Mc Cann, David Johnston, Paudie Mc Laughlin and Sean og O’ Neill stretching the advantage.

Casement’s, to their credit were not about to give up the ghost despite the futility of their cause and they finished with a flourish as full forward Michael Hagen added a trio of late points in answer to a John Carron effort with the Toome men breasting the line full value for their 1-19 to 0-11 win.

Cargin: John Mc Nabb, Sean og Quinn, Kevin O’ Boyle, Gerard Mc Corley, Ronan Gribbin (0-01), Sean og O’ Neill (0-01), Brendan Laverty (0-01), Kevin Mc Shane (0-02), John Carron (0-03), Ciaran Bradley (0-02), Paul Mc Cann (0-02), David Johnston (0-02), Kiernan Close (0-01), Mark Kelly (1-00), Benen Kelly (0-01)


Paudie Mc Laughlin (0-03) for C Bradley

Eunan Quinn for P Mc Cann

Shane Gribbon for R Gribbin

PJ Quinn for K Close

Casement’s: Ronan O’ Neill, Conor Magee, Jonny Convery, Ronan Delargy (0-01), Ryan Convery, Aiden Mc Aleese, Caolan Tierney, Ronan Kelly, Paddy Kelly, Michael Donnelly, Michael Kelly (0-01), Fergal O’ Kane (0-01), Conal Delargy, Michael Hagen (0-05), Oisin Doherty (0-04)

Referee K Parke  (St Enda’s)

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