ACFL Division 1
Erin’s Own Cargin 1-09 Casement’s Portglenone 2-06
A late Pat Shivers point earned Cargin a share of the points with the visiting Casement’s in a fully contested encounter before a good attendance in Toome on Tuesday evening in a re-arranged league fixture.
Casement’s looked destined to collect the of the points as they led by five at the end of the third quarter but Cargin, having struggled for most of the opening period came back strongly in the latter stages to gain a share of the spoils.
A 45th minute point from a Paddy Kelly free and looked enough to give the Casement’s a rare victory over the reigning county champions but with John Carron, Justin Crozier and James Laverty leading a late comeback that Shivers point was enough to earn the home side a draw.
Casement’s have made a good start to the season and travelled to Toome knowing that another win would strengthen their position at the top of the league table.
The visitors with the advantage of the northerly breeze in the first half were quickly out of the start traps and a foul on Oran McGarry was penalised as Ronan Delargy despatched the resultant free between the posts.
John Mc Keever’s men had started well and Paddy Kelly punished an unforced error by despatching long range between the posts to see the Bannsider’s move 0-02 to 0-00 ahead.
Cargin looked hesitant from early in the tie but they opened their account through a Ciaran Bradley point in the 9th minute and the wing man was to figure prominently a few minutes later.
Gerard McCorley intercepted another well laid Casement’s attack and when the leather was passed through Ronan Gribbin to Ciaran Bradley his left sided advance and delivery to Tom Shivers saw the full forward finish to the back of the net.
The home side were ahead for the first time but that lead was not to last as they continued to give away possession and a well laid counter attack saw Casement’s Oran McGarry fire past John McNabb for his side’s opening goal.
Portglenone had their proverbial tails up and with the home side continuing to cough up possession, the visitors took advantage as Paddy Kelly added another pointed free and when Conor Mc Ghee was first to a lofted delivery to punch to the net, the ‘Ports’ were 2-03 to 1-01 ahead.
A foul on the advancing Kevin Mc Shane opened the way for Tom Shivers to add a point to the Cargin total but in the event the visitors were to have the last say in proceedings with a late, Ronan Kelly point to leave them 2-05 to 1-02 ahead at the break.
Cargin had the benefit of the breeze for the second half and a smart start saw Tom Shivers raise early white before John McNabb came forward to add a pointed free following a foul on Ciaran Bradley.
A good start by the home side but Casement’s responded and another Paddy Kelly point saw them increase advantage again and enjoy a 2-06 to 1-04 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Cargin were facing a rare defeat on home soil and John Mc Keever’s table toppers were good value for their lead but the tide was about to turn as the home side’s defence closed shop and their attack came to life.
It was backs to the wall for the visitors in the last quarter as the Toome men gained in stride with Pat Shivers leading the offensive.
A foul on Justin Crozier was punished when Shivers despatched the resultant free between the posts and then John Carron nipped in to add a fisted point and the Casement’s advantage was reduced to a couple of points as the game clock ticked onwards toward completion.
Casement’s were under the cosh in the latter stages and Ronan Gribbin reduced the deficit to the minimum before Pat Shiver’s became the Cargin hero with a 61st minute point to earn his side a share of the spoils.
Cargin: John Mc Nabb (0-01), Sean og Quinn, Kevin Mc Shane, Gerard Mc Corley, Justin Crozier, James Laverty, Paudie Mc Laughlin, John Carron (0-01), Mark Kelly, Conan Johnston, David Johnston, Ronan Gribbin (0-01, Pat Shivers (0-030, Tom Shivers (1-02), Ciaran Bradley (0-01)
Casements: Rian O’ Neill, Ronan Delargy, Daniel Mc Nicholl, Jonny Convery, Caolan Tierney, Niall Delargy, Conor Mc Ghee (1-00), Stephen Kelly, Niall Mc Keever, Caolan Mc Kenna, Paddy Kelly (0-04), Conall Delargy, Ronan Kelly (0-02), Michael Hagan, Oran Mc Garry (1-00)
Referee: K Parke (St Enda’s)