Purposeful Cargin win by ten

Northern Switchgear Antrim Senior Football Championship Group One

St John’s 0-7 Cargin 1-14

From Paddy Tierney at Corrigan Park

County champions Cargin took another purposeful stride towards the knock-out stages of this year’s competition when they disposed of the challenge of St John’s at Corrigan Park on Friday night. The home team made a promising start when team captain Patrick McBride popped over two points from frees and they had a goal chance soon afterwards when Jack Hannigan flashed a shot across the face of goal, but once Cargin got going they slowly but surely took control.

Those two early McBride points were answered by Ronan Devlin who came up from defence to fire over, and though McBride came back with a well taken point from play, the route to goal was closed down by the Cargin defence and the home side failed to raise another flag for the remainder of the opening half.

Cargin were back on terms on eleven minutes as Ciaran Bradley pointed from play and Tomas McCann sent one over from a free and they had moved three clear by the first water break as Devlin split the posts again, followed by one from play by the sweet left foot of Pat Shivers and one from a free on the right by Kieran Close.

The second quarter saw both teams struggling to produce anything of real quality, but Cargin were always in control and their water tight defence were seldom threatened. They eventually found their range as Shivers sent over another fine point from play and Tomás McCann converted another free to bring them to the break with an 0-8 to 0-3 advantage.

It was McCann who opened the scoring in the second half when he converted another free and when centre back Sean O’Neill foraged forward to finish a good move with a well take score the gap was out to seven.

Despite having a spell of good possession the home team struggled to find the target during a low scoring third quarter, though Bradley added another one to stretch the Toome men’s advantage to eight, before McBridge got the Johnnies first score of the second half just before the end of the third quarter.

McBride grabbed his fourth point of the game soon after the resumption but the introduction of the lively Jamie Gribbin gave Cargin a lift and he was involved in the next three points, first of all setting up Eunan Quinn for a point. Tomás McCann then added a point from a free before Gibben got one himself from play to stretch the gap even further.

Conal Quinn came back with a point for St John’s and Dohmnall Nugent hit a real beauty from play to lift the home team’s spirits a little, but it was a brief respite as Cargin finished strongly and Tomás McCann fired an injury time penalty to the net to put the seal on a convincing win.

ST JOHN’S: P Nugent; J Bohill, A Nugent, M Dudley; J Hannigan, C Garland, L Laverty; C Bohill, D Nugent (0-1); C Quinn, P McBride (0-5, 0-4fs), C McEvoy; R McNulty, C Kelly, S McDonagh.

Subs: R Hannigan for Oliver (50), S Tierney for Kelly (50), A McGowan for Laverty (55).

CARGIN: M Magill; B Laverty, K O’Boyle, R Gribbin; R Devlin (0-2), S O’Neill (0-1), G McCorley; K McShane, G McCann; C Bradley (0-2), P Shivers (0-2, 0-1f), J Carron; K Close (0-1, 0-1f), T McCann (1-4, 0-4fs, 1-0pen), D Johnston.

Subs: E Quinn (0-1)for Devlin (30), J Gribbin (0-1) for Close (50), B Kelly for Shivers (50), P McLaughlin for Johnston (59).

REFEREE: B Toland (Lámh Dhearg).

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