Goals the key to Cargin success

Northern Switchgear SFC Group 1

Erin’s Own Cargin 5-12 St John’s 2-09

Goals prove the key to success for Cargin as they hit five on the night to see off the challenge of the visiting Johnnies in Toome on Friday evening to finish top of Group 1 and claim a place in the quarter finals.

The visiting St Johns got off to a good start with a 2nd minute Patrick McBride point but their lead was short lived as back to back goals from Conhuir Johnston and Pat Shivers saw Ronan Devlin’s men in charge by the 6th minute.

The visitors were under the cosh in the opening phase as the home side moved the ball around confidently but they responded with the aid of a fresh northerly breeze as ace marksman Patrick McBride replied with four unanswered points.

St. John’s looked to be back in contention but it took a smart save from their keeper, Patrick Nugent to deny Pat Shivers after a trademark dash from defence to attack from Kevin ‘Kobo’ O’ Boyle sent the big man in on target.

Further points from Paddy McBride and Conal Quinn saw the city side draw level but Cargin were to dominate the remainder of the opening half.

Pat Shivers grabbed a 23rd minute point following a foul on Conhuir Johnston and Cargin finished the half on the positive as David Johnston sent Pat Shivers in for his second major and James Laverty grabbed a fourth in the 27th minute to put the home side 4-03 to 0-09 ahead at the interval.

The home side started the second half as they had finished the first and Tomas Mc Cann, Conhuir Johnston, and Pat Shivers, with a fine long range effort added points to move the reigning champions 11 ahead but it brought a response from the Whiterock Road side.

Conor Johnston was fouled as he raced through on goal with a penalty awarded and Conor Hand took responsibility for the spot kick and delivered in style to the back of the net to give his side a boost.

Cargin were soon back in control however as a foul on Eunan Quinn inside the square saw Tomas McCann fire confidently to the back of the net and ensure the home side were back in control.

It was backs to the wall for the city men as the second half progressed with the home side dominant in defence and slick in attack as Pat Shivers and Tomas McCann 0-3 added points and with the issue resolved Ronan Devlin introduced Paudie Mc Laughlin, Ciaran Bradley, and Sean Og Quinn to the action.

Eunan Quinn added a point to the Cargin total as the rain returned with Pat Shivers following suit before Conor Johnston found the net with a consolation score for the ‘Johnnies’ with time almost up.

An excellent win for the reigning champions and one that will make other possible contenders to the title sit up and take notice. St. Johns gave it everything and on another day 2-9 would have put them in contention with most sides but on the night they had no answer to a slick Cargin side.

Cargin: John Mc Nabb, Sean Og O’ Neill, Kevin Mc Shane, Kevin O’ Boyle, Justin Crozier, Paul Mc Cann, Cahir Donnelly, Gerard Mc Cann, James Laverty (1-00), David Johnston, Tomas Mc Cann (1-05), Conhuir Johnston (1-02), Pat Shivers (2-04), Mark Kelly, Eunan Quinn (0-01).


Ciaran Bradley

Sean Og Quinn

Ronan Gribbin

St John’s: Padraig Nugent, Jack Bohill, Ryan Mc Nulty, Ciaran Garland, Liam Laverty, Ciaran Johnston, Andy Mc Gowan, Simon Mc Donagh, Conor Hand (1-00), Ronan Lindsay, Patrick Mc Bride (0-06), Conall Gough, Conor Johnston (1-01), Conor Bohill (0-01), Conall Quinn (0-01)


Adrian Oliver

Conor Dyson

Stephen Tierney

Louis Boyd

Referee: Patrick Nolan (Lamh Dhearg)

Morgan earns Rossa a draw as Tir na nOg pay the penalty

Northern Switchgear SFC Group 1

Tir na nOg 1-7 Rossa 0-10

Rossa advanced to the quarter-finals of the Senior Football Championship after a hard earned draw with Tir na nOg at Whitehill on Friday night but the Randalstown side will feel they did enough in the second half to win this one.

As the game moved into injury time Eamon Og McAllister produced a great run from out on the left, into the heart of the Rossa defence where he was un-ceremoniously brought down and referee, Sean Laverty pointed to the penalty spot.

Tir na nOg held a slender one point lead at this stage of the game and with the home crowd roaring their approval Darragh Fagan stepped up to take the penalty but his well struck shot cannoned off an upright with Mick Byrne beaten and was cleared to safety.

Play swung to the other end and with virtually the last kick of the ball Thomas Morgan fired over the equaliser to earn his side a draw and win them a place in the quarter-finals with group winners, Cargin who recorded a comprehensive win over St. John’s in Toome on the same night.

The opening half was a slow burner with Tir na nOg sitting deep in an effort to contain the Rossa attack and danger man Dominic McEnhill coming in for some close attention every time he received the ball.

Thomas Morgan opened the scoring, as he finished it in the end, with a point for Rossa in the 6th minute and at the other end Tir na nOg had a promising attack thwarted at the expense of a ‘45’ that came to nothing.

Both sides were playing a possession game and a Mick Byrne free for Rossa came back of a post before Sean Duffin levelled the contest with Tir na nOg’s first point of the game in the 14th minute.

Two minutes later the home side struck a telling blow when Darragh Fagan beat Chris McGuinness in a race for a long ball over the top from deep in defence and side footed home from close range.

Rossa recovered and slowly their pressure began to pay dividends as Stephen Beatty punished a couple of fouls on the lively McEnhill and added another from play to leave the sides level, 1-1 to 0-4 at the break.

With the breeze behind them Rossa were expected to push on after the break but it was Tir na nOg who emerged from the dressing room a more focused side and Emmet Murray pointed them into the lead after 30 seconds.

Dominic McEnhill and Mick Byrne pointed frees to edge the visitors ahead before Darragh Fagan replied for the Whitehill side to tie matters once more but points from Diarmuid Rogan and Thomas Morgan had the Shaw’s Road side two in front by the 5th minute.

Things were certainly livening up after a drab opening half and Eamon Og McAllister received a Black card after dragging down Matthew Mallon with Gerard Walsh shown Yellow as matters got a bit heated in the aftermath.

When the dust settled Darragh Fagan pointed from a free and a fisted point fromFagan and a converted free from Aaron McNeilly had the home side in a strong position with seven minutes remaining.

Rossa had a couple of opportunities for points in the minutes that followed but went looking for goals with Sean Paul McAtamney pulling off a good save to deny Stephen Beatty.

Mick Byrne closed the gap to the minimum from a free in the 29th minute but the returning Eamon Og McAllister produced a defence splitting run before being pulled down at the expense of a penalty.

Fagan spot kick rebounded of an upright to safety and Morgan responded with a later equaliser as the news filtered through from Toome that the Johnnies had been heavily defeated and it is Rossa who finish in second place in the group and go forward to the quarter-finals.

Tir na nOg: 1 Sean Paul McAtamney, 2 Ryan Crilly, 3 Ciaran McGrellis, 4 Brandon McLarnon, 5 Ciaran O’Neill, 6 Barry McCormick, 7 Aaron McNeilly, 8 Sean Duffin, 9 Oliver McAtamney, 10 Paul McCloskey, 11 Aodhan Tolan, 12 Caoimhin Duffin, 13 Emmet Murray, 14 Darragh Fagan, 15 Eamon Og McAllister.

Subs: Kevin Sheerin, Christy Sheerin

Rossa: 1 Mick Byrne, 2 Niall Crossa, 3 Chris McGuinness, 4 Ciaran Orchin, 5 Jack Morris, 6 Adam Devlin, 7 Richard Gowdie, 8 Gerard Walsh, 9 Stephen Beatty, 10 Diarmuid Rogan, 11 Cormac McGettigan, 12 Dominic McEnhill, 13 Matthew Mallon, 14 Eoghan McMenamin, 15 Thomas Morgan. Subs: 18 Patrick Moyes, 19 Darren Grego, 26 Rory Grant

Referee: Sean Laverty (Moneyglass)

St. Brigid’s through but all is not lost for St. Ergnat’s

Northern Switchgear SFC Group 4

St. Brigid’s 2-10 Moneyglass 0-8

St. Brigid’s made it two wins from two starts to qualify for the quarter finals of the Senior Football Championship when they recorded an 8 point win over St. Ergnat’s Moneyglass at Musgrave Park on Sunday.

It took both teams some time to settle, with the torrential rain that fell just before throw in making conditions slippery and it was St. Ergnat’s Conor Boyd who fired over the game’s opening point in the 5th minute with Enda Downey brining the side’s level with 7 minutes on the clock.

There followed another sustained period of play where defences were on top and mistakes aplenty followed before the deadlock was broken by a Colum Duffin free to give the visitors back the lead.

It was end to end at this stage and Paul Bradley replied once more for the home side to tie the contest for the second time with 13 minutes gone and the teams continued to trade score for score with Pat McCormick regaining the lead for Moneyglass before a brace from James Smith and Enda Downey gave St Brigid’s the lead for the first time in the 23d minute.

Downey’s point was quickly cancelled out by a superb Sean Boyd score from play at the other end to bring the sides level for the third time and there was nothing separating the sides as half time approached.

With conditions poor and defences on top a major would be a massive score and it was St. Brigid’s who struck with a goal through Enda Downey in the 25th minute when he took advantage of a quick free to fire to the net from close range, giving Danny McErlaine no chance.

With the visitors looking shell shocked St Brigid’s finished the half strongly and pushed home their dominance as they added late points through Paul Bradley and Enda Downey to give them a 5 point lead at the break, 1-06 to 0-4, which on the balance of play was a little cruel on the battling visitors.

Moneyglass needed a good start to the second half but it was St. Brigid’s who opened strongly and John Blaney announced his arrival with a goal in the 6th minute to move the Musgrave Park side 8 ahead.

St. Ergnat’s faced an uphill battle but they got the much needed next score through a Colum Duffin free in the 12th minute but again St. Brigid’s replied through Enda Downey and James Smith to move 2-8 to 0-5 ahead after 21 minutes and it was as good as over.

With the clock ticking down Moneyglass were now playing for their pride and they did get the next score through a Conor Boyd free but this was cancelled out again as Paul Bradley replied at the other end.

St Brigid’s

Declan Heery, Finn McKernan, Joseph Finnegan, Conor King, Reuben Carleton, John Morgan, Fergal Meenagh, Peter King, Jack Dowling, Shea Downey, Oran Downey, James Smith (c), Enda Downey, Conan McNicholl, Paul Bradley.


  1. Danny McErlain 2. Fearghal Duffin 3. Peter McCormick 4. James McCormick 5. Tiernan McCormack 6. Paul Duffin 7. Patrick McCormick 8. Colum Duffin 9. Seanchan Duffin 10. Kevin McCann 11. Jack McCoy 12. Connlaodh McCann 13. Sean Boyd 14. Aidan McErlain 15. Conor Boyd 17. Callum McStocker 19. Connor O’Kane 20. Charlie McCloskey

Moneyglass continued to fight to the end and Conor O’Kane struck a fine point from play and Conor Boyd followed from another free to cut the deficit to 7 with 28 minutes gone.

The closing minutes saw St. Brigid’s run down the clock with Paul Bradley firing over the game’s final point to give them a comprehensive 8 point victory and send them into quarter final as group winners.

All is not lost for Moneyglass however and it’s a case of dust themselves down for another tough assignment against the finalists from the last 2 years, St. Mary’s Aghagallon in a winner takes all game at Marian Hill on Sunday the 27th of August.

Lámhs edge out Ports to take control of Group 2

Northern Switchgear Antrim Senior Football Championship Group 2 

Lámh Dhearg 2-13-0-14 Portglenone 

Kevin Herron reports from Toome

Lámh Dhearg registered their first victory over Portglenone in four years with a 2-13-0-14 win over the Bannsiders in Toome this afternoon.

Goals either side of the break from Declan Dunne and Pearse Fitzsimons ensured the Hannahstown side ran out winners. 

Both sides were reduced to 14-men with Aidan McAleese departing before the break and Michael Hynes with little under a quarter of an hour remaining. 

The duo headed into Sunday’s encounter with maximum points from their opening round victories on the road against Ahoghill and St Endas respectively.

Despite playing against the breeze in the opening half it was Lámh Dhearg who led on numerous occasions over the course of the first quarter of an hour. 

Ben Rice got his side off and running with a fantastic, angled point and Paddy Kelly replied from his first placed ball of the afternoon from the 45’. 

The Lámhs edged back ahead through a Marc Jordan point, only for Aidan McAleese to swing a fine leveller. 

It was a familiar pattern of cat and mouse with the Hannahstown outfit taking the lead on two further occasions through points from Conor Murray and Shaun McManus (advanced mark). 

Portglenone hit back each time though as Paddy Kelly dropped over his first from play and Francis Cassidy bent a shot over to tie things up at 0-04 apiece. 

On the quarter hour mark the Bannsiders took the lead for the first time through a sensational long range Michael Hagan effort that sailed over. 

Back-to-back Paddy Kelly free’s in the aftermath moved their side 0-07-0-04 to the good and momentum was now with the league champions. 

A superb Marc Jordan point lifted the Lámhs, and Declan Lynch then sold two dummies and kicked over to bring things back to within a point. 

The opening goal of the game arrived four minutes before the break. Declan Smyth slipped a pass into the path of Marc Jordan who cut inside and headed towards the target before popping the ball off to Declan Dunne- who swivelled and fired a ferocious shot high into the top corner past Ryan O’Neill to give his side a 1-06-0-07 lead. 

Paddy Kelly (free) and Conor Murray traded scores in the aftermath, but Portglenone suffered a further set-back before the half time whistle as Aidan McAleese was cited for hitting out off the ball and was shown a red-card by referee Conal Roberts. 

Despite their numerical deficiency, Portglenone were first off the mark in the second period through Paddy Kelly’s fourth converted free of the afternoon. 

Ben Rice doubled his personal tally in response and a second goal was almost forthcoming for Dunne- who eventually tapped over at the second time of asking after Pearse Fitzsimons saw his effort blocked on the line. 

Dunne would play a prominent role in the goal arriving 60-seconds later, Declan Lynch popped the ball off to Eoin McKeown and the pacy wing-half back set off on a trademark burst, found Dunne who slipped the ball off to Fitzsimons for a palm to the net past O’Neill to give their side a 2-09-0-09 lead.

Portglenone would half the deficit with three Paddy Kelly scores in succession. The Bannsiders talisman dropped over his second 45’ of the afternoon and expertly landed two further frees against the breeze. 

In-between Kelly’s two frees, Conal Roberts was forced to issue his second red card of proceedings as Michael Hynds was adjudged to have struck out under the nose of the linesman who prompted Roberts to take action.  

Lámh Dhearg were under the cosh, but evergreen Paddy Cunningham stepped up to the mark and curled an angled free between the posts. 

Oisin Doherty would twice reduce arrears to back to three, the second of his points just about squeezing between the posts, but Paddy Cunningham kicked his second free in between times. 

Cunningham would notch up a third free since his introduction and the insurance score arrived for Lámh Dhearg three minutes into added time when Conor Murray landed his third point of the afternoon- even having the luxury of affording to see a further scoring chance sail wide in the immediate aftermath.  

Nonetheless, Murray and his team-mates were the happier at the final whistle as victory ensured that they take control of Group 2 ahead of hosting St Enda’s in their final group game in a fortnight. 

Portglenone will look to dust themselves down and get back to winning ways when they take on Ahoghill at Kelly Park in two week’s time. 

Lámh Dhearg: J Finucane, M Hynes, P Mervyn, M McGarry, E McKeown, D Lynch (0-01), B Rice (0-02), M Jordan (0-02), P Fitzsimons (1-00), D Smyth, S McManus (0-01m), E Matassa, T McCrudden, D Dunne (1-01), C Murray (0-03). Subs: P Cunningham (0-03f) for E Matassa (36), R Murray for B Rice (55), J Quinn for S McManus (58), C Maxwell for P Fitzsimons (60+2). 

Portglenone: R O’Neill, R Delargy, S Delargy, J Convery, C Tierney, F Cassidy (0-01), C McGee, S Kelly, N McKeever, P Kelly (0-09, 0-02 45’, 0-06f), M Hagan (0-01), C McKenna, O Doherty (0-02), A McAleese (0-01), O McGarry. Subs: K O’Kane for J Convery (45), C Delargy for C McKenna (46), C McAleese for O McGarry (52), R Kelly for C Tierney (59), D McNicholl for M Hagan (59). 

Referee: Conal Roberts (St Johns)

Comprehensive win keeps St. Enda’s championship hopes alive

Northern Switchgear SFC Group 3

Naomh Eanna 3-14 Ahoghill 0-11

Naomh Eanna produced a sparkling performance to keep their Senior Football Championship qualification alive with a comprehensive win over St. Mary’s Ahoghill at Whitehill on Sunday.

A goal from the impressive Donal Walsh in the 13th minute proved the turning point after the Clooney side had started well and led by 0-3 to 0-1 after 11 minutes despite playing up the hill and into the breeze.

Walsh’s goal changed all that and the Hightown side never looked back and added further second half goals through Tomas Gilmour and Michael Morgan to run out convincing winners.

The early exchanges in this must win encounter in Randalstown belonged to St. Mary’s Ahoghill and Fionnbar O’Neill rose to fist over a long delivery from Gerard Graham to point them ahead after two minutes.

James O’Connell added a second before the Glengormley side threatened for the first time and James Magee had to be alert to block a shot from roving centre-half, James McAuley.

A fine long range point from Cormac Morgan got Naomh Eanna off the mark after 8 minute but Ahoghill responded and James O’Connell moved St. Mary’s two in front once more following a foul on Conor Crossey.

The Ahoghill men were moving the ball around with confidence and building slowly but all that changed when St. Enda’s struck from a turnover and Donal Walsh got on the end of a defence splitting counter-attack to finish to the net.

Walsh followed with two quick-fire points and Odhran Eastwood hit another and suddenly it was St. Enda’s who were calling the shots as their opponents struggled to regain the initiative.

Fionn Nagle extended their lead to move them five in front by the 19th minute before Gerard Graham replied with Ahoghill’s first point for 13 minutes to close the gap to four with 22 minutes gone.

James McAuley and Sean Murray for St. Enda’s and Ronan Graham and James O’Connell for Ahoghill exchanged points in the minutes leading up to half time to leave it 1-7 to 0-6 for the Hightown side as Karol Doherty sounded his half time whistle.

Walsh had been at the forefront of everything good that St. Enda’s produced in the opening half and he extended their lead with a point on the restart before James O’Connell replied with a great point at the other end to keep the gap at four.

St. Enda’s continued to edge the exchanges however as Cormac Morgan fisted over and Walsh added another to take his tally for the evening to 1-5 by the 6th minute and move his side six in front.

The Ahoghill management introduced Colla McDonnell for PJ O’Connell in an attempt to turn things around and James O’Connell pointed another free but again St. Enda’s responded and Bobby Magee made a fine block to deny Ronan Kalla at the expense of a ‘45’.

Tomas Gilmour replaced Kalla in the St. Enda’s side as O’Connell from another converted free and James McAuley with a great point from play for St. Enda’s exchanged points and then Colla McDonnell had a shot on goal charged down.

It was goals that the Clooney men needed but they could find no way through a resolute St. Enda’s defence and it was the Glengormley men who would strike for a goal at the other end.

A promising attack resulted in a penalty following a foot block with James Magee receiving a Black card for his troubles and Tomas Gilmour stepped up to convert despite a valiant effort from Noel Crossey in the Ahoghill’s goal.

It was as good as over at this stage with Sean Murray adding his second point for the Hightown side and Dan O’Neill hitting St. Mary’s final point with seven minutes remaining.

The final score of the game would fall to an excellent St. Enda’s as another well worked build up resulted in Michael Morgan finishing to the net from close range.

St. Enda’s now travel to Lamh Dhearg on Saturday 25th August for their final Group game with qualification still very much in their own hands while Ahoghill travel to Portglenone for their final game on the same day.

St. Enda’s: Michael O’Boyle, Conor Maxwell, Diarmuid McNulty, Killian Jennings, Conan Lyttle, James McAuley, Ronan O’Neill, Phgillip Curran, Sean Murray, Ronan Kalla, Donal Walsh, Cormac Morgan, Michael Morgan, Fionn Nagle, Odhran Eastwood.

Subs: Tomas Gilmour for Kalla, Fionntan O’Connor.

Ahoghill: Noel Crossey, Bernard Graham, James Magee, Gerard Graham, Fionnbar O’Connell, Eamonn Brady, Donal Graham, Patrick Graham, Thomas McGlone, Dan O’Neill, James O’Connell, Diarmaid Graham, Conor Paul Crossey, Ronan Graham, PJ O’Connell.

Subs; Colla McDonnell, Patrick Dougan, Harry O’Donnell

Referee: Karol Doherty (Rasharkin)