Saturday, 16 January 2021

Div 1 League Cargin v Lamh Dhearg 2017

24 May 2017
A C League Division One (round four)

Strong Finishing Cargin Earn the Points

Erin’s Own Cargin 3-14 Lamh Dhearg 3-08

A strong finish to proceedings and a dominant last quarter hallmarked by a superb Ciaran Bradley goal earned Cargin the points over the visiting Lamh Dhearg in a most entertaining encounter at a pristine Toome arena last week.

The reigning double champions certainly did not have it their own way in the fourth round league encounter and indeed had to come from behind to secure the points over the Connor Murray inspired Hannahstown men.

In fact things did not look at all good for the home side when a Connor Murray 46th minute point gave the visitors the lead but a couple of Tomas Mc Cann points restored the advantage and when young Ciaran Bradley added a 52nd minute goal the points were destined to remain at home.

A super early summer evening as the previously unbeaten Lamh Dhearg visited Toome most likely in a positive mode after a smart start to the season but the home side were bar far the quickest out of the start traps and white flags raised in turn by Ciaran Close, Tomas Mc Cann, and Enda Mc Grogan without reply from the Hannahstown men saw Cargin enjoy early advantage.

An Eoin Mc Keown point did see the visitors off the mark after the flying winger made inroads on the right hand side to fire between the posts but the Toome men were soon to regain the positive.

A foul on Michael Mc Cann 25 metres from the posts saw Ciaran Close punish the transgression as he despatched the resultant award firmly between the posts and when Paul Mc Cann followed with a goal Cargin looked firmly in control.

A Kevin Mc Shane intervention and a slick interchange with Michael Mc Cann opened the way for the centre forward to finish with the ‘major’ to see the Erin’s Own men at 1-04 to 0-01.

The home side had dominated the opening phase but the Hannahstown men were not to be left behind for long and they made prompt reply after a mix up in the home side’s rear guard gave access to their posts to Michael Herron after Connor Murray and Domnail Nugent combined to send the corner man in for a goal.

A Ciaran Close pointed free did follow at the other end but a 23rd minute penalty awarded for a foul on Terry Mc Crudden saw Gerard Slane deliver to the net and ensure the visitors were only a point in arrears.

The Hannahstown men were on the march as the end of the opening period drew near and as Connor Murray and Marc Mc Garry claimed points apiece they had the lead, 2-03 to 1-05.

Cargin did regain however and late points delivered by Ciaran Close and Tomas Mc Cann saw them back ahead.

The home side had been awarded a penalty in the last minute of the period and after the Lamh Dhearg net-minder had done well to make a good save from the Tomas Mc Cann delivery the Cargin sharp shooter seized on the re-bound to return over the bar and see his side at 1-07 to 2-03 at the break.

The second period saw the visitors start well and a couple of early points provided by the impressive Connor Murray and Kevin Quinn saw them take advantage.

Cargin soon provided response however as a precision based movement to involve firstly Justin Crozier and then the Mc Cann brothers, Paul and Michael sent Ciaran Close in for a 35th minute goal.

Close provided another score a minute thereafter as Tony Scullion sent him away on the right to split the posts but again the Hannahstown men were quick to provide reply in kind as Domnail Nugent added a brace of points.

Nugent was most certainly making his presence felt in the central zone and the back to back scores saw his side draw abreast again.

This one was most certainly in the end to end category and after the visitors had enjoyed a few minutes of dominance the baton was passed again to the Toome men as Michael Mc Cann, Michael Clarke, and Tomas Mc Cann raised respective white flags in sequence.

The home side had gained a three point advantage but in a continuing trend such was not to last and after replacement Stephen Tumelty grabbed a goal and Connor Murray added a point the lead had changed hands again.

The Cargin men did look up against it and a rare defeat at fortress Toome looked distinctly possible.

The home side needed to find response and in the event such was imminent as they regained control to dominate the remaining phase.

A foul on Ciaran Bradley saw Tomas Mc Cann to raise white from the award and when he added another from a similar indiscretion on Michael Clarke they were back in front and in the event they were not to relinquish such again.

The Cargin men had recovered composure and when young Ciaran Bradley was sent away after a superb Marty Kane delivery after leaving a couple of defenders trailing in his wake he planted the leather in the corner of the net and the die did look cast.

Tomas Mc Cann had the last say on the board and his 58th minute point saw Cargin cross the line with the points secured at 3-14 to 3-08.

Referee J Moran (Aldergrove)



John Mc Nabb, Donnach Mc Keever, Marty Kane, Tony Scullion, David Johnston, Justin Crozier, James Laverty, Kevin Mc Shane, John Carron, Ciaran Close (1-05), Paul Mc Cann (1-00), Enda Mc Grogan (0-01), Ciaran Bradley (1-00), Michael Mc Cann (0-01), Tomas Mc Cann (1-06).


Michael Clarke for E Mc Grogan

Brendan Laverty for D Johnston

Kevin O’ Boyle for C Close

Gerard Mc Corley for K Mc Shane (black card)

Lamh Dhearg

Gerard Walls, Patrick Larkin, Chris Nolan, Aaron Mc Aulfield, Marc Mc Garry (0-01), Declan Lynch, Brendan Mc Comb, Domnail Nugent (0-02) Pearse Fitzsimmons, Kevin Quinn (0-01) Eoin Mc Keown (0-01), Connor Murray (0-03), Gerard Slane (1-00), Terry Mc Crudden, Michael Herron (1-00).


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