Minor Football Championship (Qtr Final)
Erin’s Own Cargin 0-11 Con Magees Glenravel 2-12
Goals, one in each period proved the key to ultimate success as Glenravel gained the verdict in the opening round of the minor football championship when they proved too strong for the Cargin boys at the Toome venue on Sunday morning.
Full forward Peadar Mc Donald who was to prove a thorn in the side of the Cargin defence from the outset found the back of the net in the 20th minute and the issue was resolved in the latter stages when mid fielder Colla Ward stroked a penalty to the corner of Daniel Mc Cann’s net in the 55th minute.
Cargin with a couple of league wins gained over the Glensmen already this term started the championship first round affair as the Con Magees visited Toome on Sunday for an early start.
The Erin’s Own lads were quicker out of the start traps and opened account in the 2nd minute as Callum Gribbin split the posts with Fiontan Hardy following suit shortly thereafter after Conleth Hamill found the corner man in space.
A Callum Gribbin 10th minute point gave the home side a 0-03 to 0-01 lead but the visitors found their stride and four points in succession the product of a Harry Fyffe strike and quick-fire trio from the accurate boot of centre forward Daire Higgins, ensured the comfort of a 0-05 to 0-03 advantage at the end of the opening quarter.
The home side who were having trouble in their handling were struggling to contain their guests and further points from Peadar Mc Donald and Harry Fyffe saw the Con Magees extend their advantage.
The home side, with Conleth Hamill and Tom Mc Cann making interventions to keep their guests at bay, were leading by example but the Glensmen retained enthusiasm on the attack mode and were further rewarded in the 27th minute as Peadar Mc Donald delivered to the back of the net.
The visitors gaining in stature as the game progressed in perfect conditions added a further point to their tally via Odhran Mc Ilwaine’s strike but it was to be the Toome lads who were to finish the stronger.
Conleth Hamill, and late Cillian Scullion added back to back points for the Cargin lads with Patrick O’ Neill following suit with the Con Magee’s lead reduced to 1.08 to 0-06 at the short blast.
The home side looked for a positive start in the second period if they were to regain sight of the next round of the minor championship and indeed back to back points from Callum Gribbin and the Con Magees reduced in number with a black card issued to full back Niall Dixon seemed to offer hope.
In the event, despite the reduction in number the visitors quickly regained their poise and after Harry Fyffe raised another with flag full forward Peadar Mc Donald delivered a penalty to the corner of the net and Con Magees were back on course.
The Cargin boys did strive to regain some control in the latter stages as Callum Gribbin and Jack Harney raised white flags apiece but here was to be no return to the positive path for the Toome lads and a trio of late points delivered by the impressive Peadar Mc Donald in the last minutes ensured Glenravel had gained a place in the next round and a meeting with either St Paul’s or St Enda’s on a winning scoreline of 2-12 to 0-11.
Daniel Mc Cann, Ewan Mc Laverty, Patryck Machnik, Tom Mc Cann, Fiontan 0’ Donnell, Eoin Scullion, Jack O’ Neill, Carl Mc Cann, Jack Harney (0-01), Seannie Hazzard, Callum Gribbin (0-05), Conleth Hamill (0-01), Niall Quinn, Patrick O’ Neill (0-01), Fiontan Hardy (0-01)
Cillian Scullion 0-01
Sean Mc Peake
CON MAGEES GLENRAVEL
Declan Carey, Ronan Mc Cormick, Niall Dixon, Joe Leech, Odhran Mc Clintock, Callagh Mooney, Cahair Mc Naughtan, Niall Hynds, Colla Ward (0-01), Pheilim Ward (1-00), Pheilim Ward, Daire Higgins (0-04), Callum Mc Illwaine (0-01), Henry Fyffe (0-03), Peadar Mc Donald (1-04), Joe Mc Kay
Referee R Leahy (St Comgall’s)