Creggan end Cargin’s reign

Northern Switchgear

SFC Semi-Final

Kickham’s Creggan 0-16 Erin’s Own Cargin 2-07

Kickham’s Creggan defied the odds when they came from off the pace to gain a place in the final of the senior championship to end the three year reign of their near neighbours and defending champions, Erin’s Own Cargin before a big attendance at Hightown today.

Title holders Cargin were on a mission to gain a fourth successive title and nipped smartly out of the start traps and a 4th minute Pat Shivers goal and a couple of points from Tomas McCann gave them the best possible start to proceedings.

The Kickham’s open their account through Conor McCann after nine minutes and although they had closed the gap on their neighbours at the first water break, a 17th minute Tomas Mc Cann goal ensured a 2-05 to 0-07 interval lead for the Toome men and they looked in charge at this stage.

Creggan began to take control as the second half got under way with Kevin Small and Conor McCann on top at mid-field and providing service to a hungry attack in which Tiaran McAteer excelled and awarded frees proved food and drink for marksmen Ruairi and Jamie McCann.

The Creggan approach was positive in the extreme, keeping the scoreboard attendant on his toes whilst Cargin struggled to find passage to the posts and a meagre two point return for the second half speaks volumes and at conclusion Creggan had sprinted away to a three point advantage and a place in the championship decider 2021.

A local derby at St. Enda’s where close rivals and near neighbours Erin’s Own Cargin and Kickham’s Creggan met to decide who would go forward to the final of the 2021 senior football championship and a date with St Mary’s Aghagallon in a couple of weeks.

Cargin began as firm favourites to gain their fourth title in succession and their 6th in the past seven years but Creggan had come mighty close in last year’s decider and were in pursuit of their third in all having last been crowned county senior champions back in 1954.

Cargin started brightly and took the game to the opposition in the early exchanges and posted 1-02 on the scoreboard without reply by the 6th minute.

Pat Shivers got the goal following good work by Kevin McShane and Jamie Gribbin and Tomas McCann followed with a point to add to his opening score.

Shivers followed with another point and Cargin were looking good at this stagebut slowly Creggan began to come to grips and Conor McCann opened account with a 10th minute point quickly followed by points from Ruairi and Jamie McCann.

The Kickham’s trailed by two at the first water break but the Toome men were quick to regain control at the start of the second quarter as Pat Sivers collected in mid-field and combined with Mark Kelly to send Tomas McCann in for their second goal.

Ciaran Bradley added a 21st minute point in reply to a Martin Johnston point at the other end but Creggan were to have the better of things in the latter stages of the half.

Ruairi McCann raised white from a 40 metre free in the 26th minute and then Martin Johnston made a timely intervention before opening the way for Odhran Mc Larnon to send between the posts.

Cargin replied and Pat Shivers punished a foul on Jamie Gribbin to send the award between the posts and Tomas Mc Cann followed suit a couple of minutes later to extend their advantage.

Creggan had the last score of the opening half and an unforced error was punished as Conor McCann strode forward to add the last score of the first thirty minutes to leave the champions leading 2-5 to 0-7 at the break.

The Kickham’s opened the second half brightly as they took the game to their opponents and points from Ruairi McCann and Kevin Small got them off to a bright start.

A foul on Michael McCann was punished as Pat Shivers converted the right sided award in the 38th minute to leave the Erin’s Own men still two in front but Creggan were now on top and unanswered points from substitute Keelan McCann, Jamie McCann, and the impressive Conor McCann saw them move one ahead. That lead was short lived however as a 45th minute Tomas McCann point following a foul on replacement Ronan Gribbin saw parity on the board at the end of the third quarter with the scores standing at 2-07 to 0-13.

Cargin rang the changes at the start of the final quarter but in the event it was Kickham’s who grabbed a firm hold on proceedings and Jamie McCann punished a foul on Tiernan McAteer and Ruairi McCann followed with another in the 55th minute to put the Staffordstown Road men in the driving seat.

Creggan were calling the shots at this stage with their defence on top and a Jamie Mc Cann 56th minute point gave them a two point advantage and another from Kevin Small saw them home edge home 0-16 to 2-07 ahead.

Creggan: Oisin Kerr, Ethan Carey Small, Ricky Johnston, Eunan McAteer, Aiden Maguire, Martin Johnston (0-01), Jamie McCann (0-04), Kevin Small (0-03), Conor McCann (0-02), Paddy Cooey, Sean Duffin, Tiernan Mc Ateer, Matthew Rogers, Ruairi McCann (0-04) Odhran Mc Larnon (0-01)

Subs

Killian Burke for M Rogers

Fiontan Burke for O McLarnon

Keelan McCann for P Cooey

Cargin: Michael Magill, Kevin O’ Boyle, Justin Crozier, Brendan Laverty, Sean O’ Neill, James Laverty, Ronan Devlin, Kevin McShane, Pat Shivers (1-01), Ciaran Bradley (0-01), Michael McCann, Mark Kelly, Jamie Gribbin, Tomas McCann (1-04), Paudie Mc Laughlin

Subs

Ronan Gribbin for R Devlin

Paul Mc Cann for M Kelly

Kieran Close for P Mc Laughlin

Gerard Mc Cann for K Mc Shane

John Carron for C Bradley

Referee: D Mc Keown (St Gall’s)

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