Johnston hat-trick the feature in Cargin victory

Creagh Concrete U17 A Football Championship (quarter-final)

All Saint’s Ballymena 0-06 Erin’s Own Cargin 4-18

A superb hat trick by the hugely impressive Conhuir Johnston was the feature as Cargin proved too strong for all Saint’s Ballymena in their under-17 championship quarter final in Ballymena on Sunday.

The centre forward was to prove the jewel in the Cargin crown but the Toome lads proved far from a one man band without a visible weak link in their side.

The Toome lads had utilised the aid of the elements in the opening period with some eye catching long range points and they had double figures recorded on the scoreboard before the home side opened their account through Joe O’ Rawe with a 25th minute point.

Cal O’ Brien added another but Erin’s Own lads had the last say and back to back points from Tom Shivers and Conhuir Johnston ensured an interval advantage of 0-13 to 0-02.

All Saints were first to score in the second half and a foul on Ryan Mc Cartney was fully punished when Joe O’ Rawe clipped the place effort firmly between the posts.

Cargin were quick to reply and Diarmuid Quinn sent Conhuir Johnston in on the target and the centre forward delivered to the net.

They added a further brace of points from the unstoppable Conhuir Johnston with Joe O’ Rawe and replacement Ciaran Mc Quillan replying at the other end but the visitors hit back immediately and Tom Shivers added a second goal to to leave them 2-15 to 0-05 ahead at the second water break.

The die had long since been cast as the last quarter progressed and after Diarmuid Quinn raised white to increase the Cargin advantage, Ryan O’ Neill’s delivery paved the way for Conhuir Johnston to fire to the net and add his second major.

Kennedy got his own name on the score sheet a few minutes later with a fine point and Conhuir Johnston followed suit as the visitors continued to dominate.

Cargin pressed home their advantage in the closing stages and a Craig Thornton delivery paved the way for Conhuir Johnston who fired low and hard to the net to complete his hat-trick.

All Saint’s kept going to the end and were rewarded with a late Ryan Mc Cartney point but this was merely a consolation score as Cargin advanced to the  semi -finals gained on a scoreline of 4-18 to 0-06.

Cargin: Shea Laverty, Caoimhinn Kennedy, Cahir Donnelly, Hugh O’ Donnell, Ben Mc Larnon, Craig Thornton, Ciaran Mc Peake, Charlie Mc Cann, Conan Johnston, Callum Gribbin (0-02), Conhuir Johnston (3-09), Kian Scullion (0-01), Cahir O’ Boyle, Tom Shivers (1-04), Diarmuid Quinn (0-01)


Ryan O’ Neill for C Mc Cann

Jack O’ Neill for C Gribbin

Fiontan0’ Donnell for C Mc Peake

Patryk Matchick for H O’ Donnell 

All Saint’s: Dara Mc Coy, Ryan Thom, Kevin O’ Boyle, Oliver O’ Rawe, Darach Bradley, Archie Mc Greevey, Dara Killough, Cal O’ Brien (0-01), Joe O’ Rawe (0-03), Tiernan Mc Gurk, Paul O’ Boyle, Aodhan Mc Garry, Niall Devine, James Mitchell, Ryan Mc Cartney (0-01)


Ciaran Mc Quillan (0-01)

Conlon Neill

Jake White

Fintan Brady

Ryan Martin

Referee: J Moran (Aldergrove)

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