Sunday, 18 November 2018

All County B Feile

16 May 2015
Antrim Feile (under-14)’B’ Final
Cargin 4-13 O’ Donnell’s 1-01

Erin’s Own Cargin are the 2015 Feile ‘B’ champions 2015 after they defied the elements and a determined O’ Donnell’s side to secure the title at a cold and wet Ballymena venue on Sunday last.
The Toome boys had entered the fray as favourites after a convincing win recorded over Glenavy in the South West version and they duly delivered again at county level to book a place in the National Finals which will take place in Carlow at the end of June.
O’ Donnell’s who came as representatives of the South Antrim division were expected to give their country cousins a stern test did their utmost, and could not be faulted for their efforts in defiance, but although they did remain in touch with Cargin for a time they were not able to stay in step for long and in event a hugely talented, well coached Erin’s Own duly side claimed the title.

A dreadful evening in Ballymena as the heavy rain which had prevailed for most of the day continued from the grey skies, and a brisk breeze which swept over the well manicured sod greeted the protagonists.
Cargin did start in a hurry, and on the positive but it took them a while to settle in the foul conditions.
Pat Shivers who together with his central partner Ben Dobbin, were to control matters in the middle of the park from outset to conclusion was just off target with a long range effort in the opening minute and the target was to prove elusive for a time.
The O’ Donnell’s side did look to gain foothold in the early phase but the Mc Crory park residents were struggling to find a way and it was to be Cargin who were to make the first mark as the mercurial Peter John Mc Aleese who despatched PJ Quinn in for the early score.
Quinn who skipped over the sodden terrain at ease throughout employed the score board attendant first with a 4th minute point to settle the nerves, and the South West side were on their way.
The city boys were under  pressure from the outset and in search of a score and indeed they went forward in search of the same but the Cargin rearguard superbly marshalled by centre back Sean og Quinn had posted a ‘no admittance’ sign as they were to stand tall throughout.
An early score would perhaps have aided the O’ Donnell cause but even when they did navigate a course through the stubborn green rear guard with the hard working Jonny Mc Kenna and Jay lackey oft times in the vanguard finishing did let them down.
Cargin did take a time to settle to the task on hand as well, but slowly but surely they gained in confidence whereas O’ Donnell’s, despite lacking for naught in effort failed to gain access to the posts struggled to gain momentum.
A well taken Pat Shivers free following an indiscretion on his mid-field partner Ben Dobbin  yielded a 9th minute point and when the former fetched the resultant kick out he sent Jack Mc Allister on his way to raise another white.
Cargin led at the end of the opening quarter 0-03 to 0-00 and with an outstanding defensive unit in which no visible weak links were detected standing tall in defiance it was looking increasingly difficult for the gallant O’ Donnell’s to plot a course to the target.
The Johnston brothers Orrin and Malachai had both made interceptions to thwart planned offensive movement and it was a clearance by the latter and a foul on the incoming PJ Quinn which led to Sean O’ Neill forwarding the resultant free awarded directly between the posts 1n the 11th minute.
Still O’ Donnell’s sought the probable calming influence of an opening score but the Toome boys were having none of that as Shay Mc Cusker who impressed as a no nonsense full back came forward with purpose and after his clearance was fetched by the imposing Pat Shivers he delivered for Jack Mc Allister to grab the first goal of the proceedings.
The corner forward certainly made no mistake as he rose highest to punch into the top corner  and ensure his side had moved away  to lead 1-04 and despite gallantry in their efforts O’ Donnell’s still awaited their opening score.
Cargin certainly had the proverbial ‘pedal to the metal’ as they dominated, and a timely interception away at the back by corner man Tom Shivers and a clearance which was destined to find his sibling Pat by way of Orrin Johnston, and as Peter John Mc Aleese, PJ Quinn, and replacement Sean Gribbin got involved in turn saw the dominant middle man race away to raise another white in the 16th minute.
It was backs to the wall for the North Belfast side as Cargin retained the positive with the ever dangerous Peter John Mc Aleese and PJ Quinn causing concern and when he was halted in motion by a despairing illegal challenge in the 18th minute such indiscretion was to allow Pat Shivers to split the posts.
Paddy Beck did get the O’ Donnell’s boys on the board when fully aided by a good interchange between Ciaran Griffen he raced away to send between the posts in the 18th minute but the Cargin boys were soon to post a strict reply.
The opening score could have inspired the North Belfast boys but they had little time to celebrate however as PJ Quinn planted the ball in the back of their net just a minute thereafter.
The ever lively corner man skipped over the slippery turf at his leisure when Sean O’ Neill’s direct delivery sent him away on his errand towards the posts, and when he finished in style the Cargin boys had raced away into a 2-09 to 0-01 advantage as the short whistle sounded.

The rain had eased just a trifle as the youngsters took the arena for the second twenty minute portion and with a fourteen point advantage having the breeze against looked of little consequence to the Cargin boys.
O’ Donnell’s really required a good start to second period proceedings but although they did start on the positive a couple of early opportunities went for naught as both Aiden Toner and Ciaran Griffen were just off target with back to back chances in the opening couple of minutes when they should have been better rewarded  for their respective ardour.
Cargin in contrast to their rivals were in a confident mode and certainly in form in front of posts as the middle men, Pat Shivers and Ben Dobbin added respective points to their ever increasing tally.
O’ Donnell’s were now struggling to remain in touch, but their country cousins really had their tails in the air and another quick-fire brace of points despatched in some style by Eunan Quinn and will-o-the-wisp PJ Quinn who looked more than comfortable despite conditions saw them open up a 2-13 to 0-01 gap at the three quarter mark.
O’Donnell’s were not about to make any concession however despite the odds stacked heavily against as they looked to hold firm but when the ever dangerous Peter John Mc Aleese raced away to leave a couple of defenders trailing in his wake before planting the leather to the net in the 32nd minute the die was well cast and the destination of the silverware was most certainly Toome.
Pat Shivers who was most impressive throughout added another point to his increasing personal haul when he stepped forward to send a 30 metre free all the way over the bar following a foul on the incoming Paudie Mc Laughlin in the 35th minute but O’ Donnell’s were to add a ‘major’ at the other end a minute later.
The 36th minute goal did arrive clad in the guise of consolation but it was fully deserved and came in full testament to gallantry as a slick combination which involved Ciaran Griffen and Jay Leckey sent Paddy Beck on his way up the right hand side before finishing confidently to the corner of the Cargin net.
The Erin’s Own boys were quick in reply however and after Conor Mc Coy did reply in kind at the other end a late Eunan Quinn follow up point saw them cross the line at 4-13 to 1-01 to secure the title and a place on the National stage.

Both the young protagonists do deserve the utmost praise for their undoubted efforts on a really dreadful day as does the young referee.
Conal Robertson who is just 15 years old took charge of the final and impressed throughout with his handling of the affair, sympathetic  to the protagonists throughout  his decision making  was spot on.
He looked to ensure play continued if at possible with the minimum of stoppages, and he certainly looks to have a bright future.

This Cargin team certainly are more than a credit to their club, and to their families and quite obviously they have been more than well prepared by their coaches, Matthew Gribbin, Brian Gribbin, Seamus Johnston, and Martin Quinn.
They are a team packed with potential and more than a few within their talented ranks are certain to have bright futures in the years ahead.

Teams

Cargin
Oran O’ Boyle, Tom Shivers, Shay Mc Cusker, Eoghan Toal, Malachai Johnston, Sean og Quinn, Orrin Johnston, Pat Shivers (0-05), Ben Dobbin (0-01), Paudie Mc Laughlin, Sean og O’ Neill (0-01), Conor Mc Geady, Jack Mc Allister (1-01), Peter John Mc Aleese ((1-01), PJ Quinn (1-02).

Subs used
Eunan Quinn (0-02)
Conor Mc Coy (1-00)
Sean Gribbin
Sean Mc Auley
Owen Grant
Odhran Molloy
Conan Johnston

O’Donnell’s
Louis Docherty, Caolan Rolfe, Gerard Sloan, Adam Robinson, Dan Walsh, Jonny Mc Kenna, Conal Ward, James Walsh, Ciaran Griffen, Jay Leckey, Jonathan Mc Kissock, Aiden Toner, David Tate, Jack Kerr, Aaron Doherty.

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