Cargin retain the winning habit

All County U17 Football League

Erin’s Own Cargin 5-06 All Saint’s Ballymena 0-04

Cargin minors retained that winning habit to retain top spot in the All County under-17 league when they proved too strong for the visiting All Saint’s in  Toome on Sunday.

The home side opened account after less than a minute with a Callum Gribbin goal after Patrick O’ Neill and Diarmuid Quinn combined to open the way to the posts.

All Saint’s, with Archie Mc Greevey leading the way from mid field replied with three unanswered points before the end of the opening quarter but despite the assistance of a strong northerly breeze that was to prove their lot in the opening period.

Cargin regained control at that point with Ben Mc Larnon and Cian Scullion dominant in the central zone and the visitors would not score again for the remainder of the half.

The home side were enjoying plenty of possession and proving slick in their passing but the strong swirling breeze ensured the posts were proving an elusive target but a foul on Cahir O’ Boyle opened the way for Callum Gribbin to point in the 28th minute to ensure a 1-01 to 0-03 advantage at the short whistle.

The home side started the second half aided by the unrelenting breeze and they were in the scoring zone within a minute as Diarmuid Quinn added a point receiving from middle man Ben Mc Larnon before transferring the leather between the posts.

The full forward was in business again a minute later as a Cian Scullion fetch and delivery sent the big man in to add another minor.

The Toome lads continued to dominate and after kicking a number wides, a fine Ryan O’ Neill point increased their advantage.

It was a case of backs to the wall for the hard grafting Ballymena lads as the home side took control and Cahir O’ Boyle placed full forward Diarmuid Quinn and he wasted no time to fire to the back of the net.

The home side were in charge and an astute pass from Cahir O’ Boyle set up Diarmuid Quinn who rose high to collect before adding a second major.

Ben Mc Larnon added a point and when Ryan O’ Neill sent his brother Patrick away to add another with a stylish finish the end was much in sight with the home side leading 3-06 to 0-03.

All Saint’ lads were down but certainly not out but when openings did appear the gallant Ballymena lads found the swirling breeze conspiring against them.

They looked in for a goal in the in the 52nd minute but the Cargin net minder Cathal McCann made a swift interception to deny nippy corner forward Fiontan Bradley before Archie Mc Greevey hoisting a white flag a couple of minutes later.

The Toome side grabbed another goal as Cahir Donnelly off loaded to Carl McCann to open the way for Callum Gribbin to fire to the back of the net.

Despite the men in charge ringing the changes the home side continued to press and Jack O’ Neill capped an excellent performance with a 56th minute goal.

The All Saint’s fought to the end but could find no way through the home defence with Daniel McCann making a fine save to deny Fiontan Bradley in the 60th minute.

Cargin remain top of the table after another impressive win and look the team to beat in this division but St. Brigid’s sit two points behind with a game in hand and St. Paul’s are a further two points behind.

Cargin: Daniel Mc Cann, Eoin Scullion, Hugh O’ Donnell, Patrick Matchyck, Jack O’ Neill (1-00), Jack Harney, Cahir Donnelly, Cian Scullion, Ben Mc Larnon (0-01), Patrick O’ Neill (0-01), Callum Gribbin (2-01), Ryan O’ Neill (0-01), Carl Mc Cann, Diarmuid Quinn (2-02), Seany Hazzard.


Fiontan O’ Donnell for S Hazzard

Tom Mc Cann for C Gribbin

Conleth Hamill for P O’ Neill

Ewan Mc Laverty for C Mc Cann

Niall Quinn

All Saints: Finn Conon, Ciaran Logan, Oliver O’ Rawe, Coary Mc Philips, Ryan Thom, Aodhan McGarry, Ryan Laverty, Archie Mc Greevey, Fiontan Brady, Sean Mc Dermott, Darach Bradley, Liam Hegarty, Oran Moyo, Luke Walsh, Fintan Bradley

Referee: S Higgins (Tir na nOg)

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