Champions Cargin off to a flying start

Northern Switchgear SFC Group 1

Erin’s Own Cargin 1-23 St Ergnat’s Moneyglass 0-00

Cargin opened their account in the first game of the 2021 championship when they proved far too strong for their near neighbours, and parish rivals Moneyglass before a good attendance in Toome on Wednesday evening.

Moneyglass had arrived as the reigning Intermediate champions with quite a number of players missing through injury and never looked like causing their neighbours any problems.

Cargin stated on the front foot and despite losing the services of Justin Crozier, injured during the warm up, and both Mark Kelly and the indomitable Michael McCann in the opening quarter, it never knocked them out of stride with their replacements filling the void at ease.

Pat Shivers split the posts in the opening couple of minutes and a couple more from Kieran Close and points from Tomas McCann and David Johnston had the champions 0-06 to 0-00 ahead at the first water break.

Colum Duffin was battling hard to get his side going at mid-field but Kevin McShane and John Carron were dominant in this department for the Erin’s Own while Cargin were rock solid at the back and this trend was set to continue throughout.

The home side were forced into change in the opening quarter with Benen Kelly replacing Michael McCann and Eunan Quinn replacing Mark Kelly with both turning in impressive performances.

David Johnston and Kevin Mc Shane added points apiece in the 16th and 19th minutes but despite the best efforts of Moneyglass they could find no way through a strong home defence. The one way traffic continued and a 29th minute Tomas McCann point ensured the champions a 0-09 to 0-00 interval lead.

The second period was to prove a replica of what had preceded in the first thirty minutes as the home side took the opportunity to introduce a couple more replacements with Paudie Mc Laughlin and Ciaran Bradley coming into the action.

Eunan Quinn opened with an eye catching 32nd minute point before Ciaran Bradley signalled his arrival with another, a couple of minutes later.

Moneyglass kept battling with Jack McCoy and Niall Boyd introduced from the bench but Cargin continued to call the shots and points from Paudie McLaughlin, Eunan Quinn and the excellent James Laverty saw them 0-14 to 0-00 ahead at the second water break and the die cast.

The last quarter proceeded in the same vein with the home side dominating and Moneyglass looking leg weary and resigned to their fate.

Cargin continued to apply the pressure with Tomas McCann leading the charge and the wily front man helped himself to a further half dozen points in the last quarter with a Benen Kelly goal in the 58th minute and points from Ciaran Bradley (2) and Gerard McCorley concluding the scoring.

Cargin: Shay Bovill, Kevin O’ Boyle, Gerard Mc Corley (0-01), Ronan Gribbin, Ronan Devlin, James Laverty (0-01), Sean og O’ Neill, Kevin Mc Shane (0-01), John Carron, David Johnston (0-02), Michael Mc Cann, Mark Kelly, Pat Shivers (0-02), Tomas Mc Cann (0-08), Kieran Close (0-02)

Subs

Eunan Quinn (0-02) for M Mc Cann

Benen Kelly (1-00) for M Kelly

Paudie Mc Laughlin for P Shivers

Ciaran Bradley (0-03) for Kieran Close

Brendan Laverty for Ronan Devlin

Moneyglass: Gary Murray, Peter McCormick, Tiernan Duffin, Jervis Weir, Kevin McPeake, Fearghal Duffin, Miran Neeson, Ciaran Kelly, Collum Duffin, Sean Kelly, Pat Mc Cormick, Conor Boyd, Aiden Mc Erlain, Ryan Doyle, Connor O’ Kane

Jack Mc Coy for C O’ Kane

Niall Boyd for R Doyle

Luke O’ Donnell for S Kelly

Referee: Karol Doherty (Rasharkin)

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