Homefit ACFL Division One (round 8)
Erin’s Own Cargin 2-09 St Brigid’s 1-11
A point Jimmy Gribbin point, despatched on the cusp of the final whistle ensured Cargin retained top spot in Division 1 following a close encounter with St. Brigid’s at Toome on Wednesday evening.
The city men led by the impressive Peter Finnegan had come from behind to gain parity when late replacement Ruairi Brolly grabbed a 58th minute point but The Toome men were to have the last say as Gribbin despatched a 61st minute 50 metre free directly between the posts.
Cargin opened brightly and they had nipped a couple of points ahead in the early stages and the back from injury Jamie Gribbin got them on their way when he sent a 30 metre free between the posts.
The Toome men made most of the early running but they wasted a couple of chances before the lively PJ Quinn split the posts after a superb delivery from the ill-fated John Mc Nabb.
The Cargin net minder was forced out of the game with a knee injury shortly afterwards to be replaced by Shay Bovill just after Ryan Tweedy split the posts from a 30 metre free to see the city men on the board.
Cargin continued to make much of the running with their defense ensuring St Brigid’s front men were denied sight of the posts and they took a two point lead just before the water break when Benen Kelly, and Ronan Devlin combined to place Jamie Gribbin to finish and ensure a 0-03 to 0-01 advantage.
Cargin continue to hold the upper hand in the second quarter with Gerard Mc Cann and Kevin Mc Shane dominating the central zone and PJ Quinn and Michael Clarke took advantage with back to back points in the 16th and 18th minutes respectively.
St Brigid’s began to gain a foothold as the game progressed with wing half back Peter Finnegan leading the way and it was his service which opened the way for Peter Henvey to split the posts.
The home side replied when the hard working David Johnston fired over but the visitors were to have the final say of the half with late points from Peter King and Peter Henvey leaving them only a couple of points adrift at the short whistle with Cargin holding a 0-06 to 0-04 advantage.
St. Brigid’s continued where they had left off on the resumption of play with replacement Ruairi Brolly raising white from his first touch of the leather and they were asking questions of the home side.
Cargin responded as Eunan Quinn fired straight and true between the posts but the city men had seized control and points from Peter Henvey, James Smith, and Peter King saw them claim advantage at 0-08 to 0-07.
Cargin made a decisive response however and keeper Shay Bovill kick-out found Ronan Devlin who combined with PJ Quinn, and Jamie Gribbin to place Kevin Mc Shane who finished to the back of the net to regain the lead.
Eunan Quinn thenpointed at the other end with the wood work coming to the aid of the visitors less than a minute later as PJ Quinn was denied a goal when his well struck shot cannoned back of the crossbar.
Spurred by this let-off the visitors struck back with a vengeance as a well laid approach opened the way for Conor McAleer to grab a 16th minute goal to ensure the lead had changed hands at the second water break with St Brigid’s ahead 1-09 to 1-08.
It has been while since Cargin lost at home but this certainly looked possible as the last quarter got under way and a fine James Smith point put the visitors two in front.
Damien Cassidy’s side looked in trouble but a moment of magic put them back in control. Shay Bovill’s kick out found PJ Quinn and the corner man’s lay off opened the way for centre back Ronan Gribbin to advance and fire to the corner of the net. An excellent approach and a brilliant finish to give the home side a 2-08 to 1-10 lead.
Back came the visitors however and a Ruairi Brolly point looked to have earned them a share of the points but in the event it was Cargin’s Jamie Gribbin who had the last say.
Gribbin was hauled down 50 metres from goal and the centre forward picked himself, up to take responsibility for the awarded free kick and send it straight between the posts to secure a 2-09 to 1-11 victory for his side.
Cargin: John Mc Nabb, Gerard Mc Corley, Kevin O’ Boyle, Paudie Mc Laughlin, Benen Kelly, Ronan Gribbin (1-00), Ronan Devlin, Kevin Mc Shane (1-00), Gerard Mc Cann, Eunan Quinn (0-02), David Johnston (0-01), John Carron, PJ Quinn (0-02), Jamie Gribbin (0-03), Michael Clarke (0-01)
Shay Bovill for J Mc Nabb
Ryan Mc Kiernan for G Mc Cann
St Brigid’s: KevinMcGovern, John Morgan, Conor King, Colm Webb, John Morgan, John Toner, Peter Finnegan, Michael Conway, James Smith (0-02), Peter King (0-01), Ryan Tweed (0-01), Ronan Boyle, Peter Henvey (0-03), Joseph Finnegan, Conor Mc Aleer (1-00)
Ruairi Brolly (0-02) for R Boyle
Referee D Mc Keown (St. Gall’s)