Goals the Key as Cargin gain the verdict

ACFL Division 1

Erin’s Own Cargin 3-12 Casement’s Portglenone 0-09

Photographs: Colleen Webb Photography

A Thomas McCann goal in the 12th minute of the opening half and second half goals from Michael Clarke and James Laverty paved the way for a convincing victory for Erin’s Own Cargin over Casement’s Portglenone in Toome this evening

Erin’s own enjoyed the favour of the breeze in the opening half but Paddy Kelly defied the breeze to despatch a 30 metre free between the posts in the second minute to give the visitors the lead.

Cargin were on terms in the 3rd minute when Eunan Quinn sent Paul Mc Cann in to split the posts a minute later and when Pat Shivers added a couple they were two ahead.

The home side were lording it in the middle through Gerard McCann and Kevin McShane in the early stages and it was a fine fetch by the latter that opened the door for Tomas Mc Cann to find the net in the 12th minute.

Cargin were dictating matter and Eunan Quinn followed with a long range point to put the home side 1-04 to 0-01 ahead.

Casements rallied to the cause as Aiden McAleese and Paddy Kelly delivered back to back frees in the 13th and 15th minute and the visitors appeared to be gaining a foothold but the home side regained control and unanswered points from Tomes McCann and John McNabb gave them a 1-07 to 0-03 advantage after 24 minutes.

The visitors gave further employment to the scoreboard attendant as Paddy Kelly despatched a 30 metre free between the posts in the 25th minute but in the event Cargin quickly returned to the offensive to add a further three points.

Sean Og O’Neill split the posts with Tomas McCann opening the way for Pat Shivers to add to his tally with a further point.

The wily McCann had the last say in the opening period with a 31st minute point to ensure a 1-10 to 0-04 interval advantage.

Trailing by nine at half time, Portglenone looked to have a mountain to climb despite having the breeze behind them in the second half but they started the new half positively.

Paddy Kelly retained his pin point accuracy when he converted back to back frees in the 32nd and 33rd minutes and when Aiden Mc Aleese was sent on the way to add another by a Dermot McAleese delivery the visitors looked to be gaining a foothold.

Cargin were back in business however in the 37th minute as John Mc Nabb sent Pat Shivers on his way with a long delivery to add a 37th minute point.

The home side struck for a second goal a minute later when Michael Clarke pounced on a poor clearance to round the net minder and fire to the back of the net and the home side were back in charge.

Casement’s looked to be in for a goal themselves as Aiden Kearney found Paddy Kelly in space but the Casement’s full-forward was denied by John McNabb who pulled off a splendid save.

Kelly gained some compensation when he delivered the resultant ‘45’ between the posts.

As the game entered the last quarter the home side defence stood firm and an intervention by Eunan Quinn sent Pat Shivers away to add a 51st minute point and the end looked nigh.

Casements battled to the end with Paddy Kelly adding a late pointed free but the last score fell to the home side with a superbly crafted James Laverty goal.

The centre back initiated the movement back on his own ‘40’, and he combined with Kevin McShane and Tomas McCann before firing to the net himself with a smashing finish.

This win keeps Cargin in second place, a point behind Kickham’s Creggan who recorded a big win over St. John’s tonight with Kickham’s travelling to Lamh Dhearg for their final game on the 16th July while Cargin are at home to Rossa on the same day.

Cargin: John Mc Nabb (0-01), Justin Crozier, Cahir Donnelly, Sean og Quinn, Conan Johnston, James Laverty (1-00), Sean og O’ Neill (0-01), Kevin Mc Shane, Gerard Mc Cann, David Johnston, Paul Mc Cann (0-010, Eunan Quinn (0-01), Michael Clarke (1-00), Pat Shivers (0-06), Tomas Mc Cann (1-03)

Subs

Brendan Laverty for E Quinn

PJ Quinn for M Clarke

Eoin Coyle for D Johnston

Kieran Close for P Shivers

Casement’s: Brian McManus, Kevin O’ Kane, Ronan Delargy, Conor Mc Ghee, Ciaran Tierney, Ryan Convery, Ciaran Mc Kenna, Dermot Mc Aleese, Niall Delargy, Ruairi Hagen, Michael Hagen, Corey Mc Laughlin, Aiden McAleese (0-02), Paddy Kelly (0-07), Oisin Doherty

Referee K Doherty (Rasharkin)

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