Cargin on top at Rossa Park

HomeFit ACFL Division 1

O’ Donovan Rossa 0-09 Erin’s Own Cargin 0-14

Cargin completed their first phase programme in division one when they gained the points at the expense of a hard grafting Rossa at Shaw’s Road following a lively affair on Wednesday evening.

Ronan Devlin’s charges took a time to settle and although Pat Shivers opened their account in the early minutes the Toome men were not to make addition until the end of the opening quarter.

Rossa nipped into an early lead through the impressive Dominic McEnhill and central defender Christopher Mc Guinness to make it 0-02 to 0-01.

Mid fielder McEnhill proved an ever present thorn in the side of the Toome men and the hard working mid-fielder ended as the Rossa top scorer with four points.

Cargin found the Rossa posts elusive in the opening quarter but got it together in the second quarter and with Gerard McCann and Kevin McShane strong in the central zone the forward department began to find their range.

A second Pat Shivers point saw them draw level and Jamie Gribbin and Tomas Mc Cann followed suit with fine points apiece to give them the lead.

Dominic McEnhill got the home side going again when a strong left sided approach saw was completed with a fine 20th minute point and there was little between the contestants at this stage of the game.

The visitors were quick to reply as a precise kick out from net minder John Mc Nabb opened the way for Ciaran Bradley to advance on the right hand side and despatch between the posts and this as quickly followed by a Jamie Gribbin minor to make it 0-06 to 0-03.

Dominic McEnhill continued to impress for the home side as he moved forward again to claim a 24th minute point but Cargin finished strongly and a good move involving Benen Kelly, John Carron and Ronan Gribbin saw the latter finish with a point and James Laverty added another to leave the visitors 0-8 to 0-4 ahead at the break.

Rossa opened the second half with an early point from net-minder Michael Byrne who punished a foul on mid fielder Eoghan Mc Menamin to send the resultant award firmly between the posts from 50 metres.

Cargin made quick reply through Ciaran Bradley but a Dominic McEnhill strike in the 35th minute closed the gap to three once more to keep the Rossa hopes alive.

The visitors began to get on top however with Ciaran Bradley nipping away to claim a 37th minute point quickly followed by a brace from Jamie Gribbin and Cargin had earned a six point advantage 0-12 to 0-06 at the end of the third quarter.

Erin’s Own looked home and dry as the last quarter progressed but the home side were far from finished and back to back points by Thomas Morgan gave them renewed hope.

The resultant kick out saw Jamie Gribbin gain possession at the other end and when he raced through the centre of the Rossa defence a goal looked certain but his shot whistled past the post to the relief of the home support.

Pat Shivers sent John Carron on his way to score a fine 22nd minute point and Sean Og O’Neill opened the way for Tomas McCann to add another. The last score of the game fell to Rossa keeper, Michael Byrne who came forward from his net minding duties to send another long range free between the posts for a consolation score for the Rossa Park side.

Rossa: Michael Byrne (0-02), Adam Devlin, Niall Crossan, Stephen Shannon, Conor Boyle, Patrick Moyes (0-01), Chris Mc Guinness, Dominic Mc Enhill (0-04), Eoghan Mc Menamin, Michael Mc Enhill, Thomas Morgan (0-02), Matthew Mallon, Rory Currie, Stephen Beatty, Liam Carr

Subs: M Armstrong for R Currie

Cargin: John Mc Nabb, Ronan Gribbin, Cahir Donnelly, Kevin O’ Boyle, Benen Kelly, James Laverty (0-01), Sean O’ Neill, Kevin Mc Shane, Gerard Mc Cann, John Carron (0-01), Tomas Mc Cann (0-02), Ciaran Bradley (0-03), Pat Shivers (0-02), Mark Kelly, Jamie Gribbin (0-04)


Paudie Mc Laughlin for C Bradley

David Johnston for Pat Shivers

Gerard Mc Corley for K O’ Boyle

PJ Quinn for R Gribbin

Paul Mc Cann for G Mc Cann

Referee: B Toland (Lamh Dhearg)

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