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Div 1 League Cargin v St Galls 2017

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

Slow Starting Cargin Claim the Points

St Gall’s 3-06 Cargin 1-13

Despite falling flat on their proverbial faces leaving the starting stalls and as a result finding themselves ten points in arrears with just a dozen minutes on the game clock Cargin defied the odds to gain full recovery and go on to claim an unlikely verdict at Milltown last week.

St Gall’s on their own familiar sod, in contrast to their South West based rivals stepped away in a more than confident mode and they looked at ease and in complete control in the early phase were at 2-05 to 0-01 at the 12th minute.

The Toome men soon recovered from the early body blows delivered and with adjustment in formation as Justin Crozier pushed upwards they were in striking distance and only four points in arrears at the short whistle.

The Erin’s own men did continue in the second period as they had concluded the first, on the positive and an early Tomas Mc Cann goal was followed by a point from John Carron and they were on terms.

The home side having failed to raise a flag from the 12th minute and a hugely controversial CJ Mc Gourty goal did regain the lead via Kevin Niblock as he despatched a 40th minute penalty over the bar but the Toome men did take control forge ahead to move three points clear by the 53rd minute.

The Milltown Blues were not about o make concession however and a precision based approach opened the door for Niall O’ Neill to grab a second goal saw them back on terms.

The last dramatic moments did see the Cargin men on top and a 59th minute Michael Mc Cann point saw them claim what seemed an unlikely verdict 40 minutes previously, as they crossed the line at 1-13 to 3-06.

An evening session at a resplendent, pristine Milltown Row bathed in evening sunshine saw Cargin and St Gall’s renew rivalry last week.

The South west side had gained the upper hand over the former All Ireland club champions in recent times but they did travel fully expecting a fierce challenge in the West Belfast arena.

The home side were certainly up for the occasion and had gained a huge morale booster before the game clock had reached the second minute as Niall O’ Neill bagged a goal.

Terry O’ Neill had initiated the movement which led to the major from well inside his own half and the former was to be hugely influential in the opening minutes.

O’ Neill back in harness after a lengthy period was wearing the 13 jersey but was taking station deep in the ‘sweeper’ berth, and unattended with easy access to short kick outs he was causing problems for the visitors.

O’ Neill was to be much involved in the next few minutes as he took the lead, ‘fetching and carrying’ role as his side added five points in a 6 minute period.

CJ Mc Gourty added a couple, with Mickey Pollock, Niall O’ Neill, and wing half back Ruairi Wilson raising whites apiece and the Gall’s were at 1-05 with Cargin yet to register.

Ciaran Bradley did open the visitor’s account with a 10th minute point but the home side did tighten their iron grip on proceedings when CJ Mc Gourty added a 12th minute goal.

The Mc Gourty major was hotly disputed by the Cargin men as most onlookers believed the corner forward’s lob had not crossed the line, but to no avail and it was 2-05 to 0-01.

The reigning double champions did look in trouble and seemingly a ‘all at sea’ on the manicured Milltown sod but in the event a change was a coming

The Cargin management team made subtle change in asking centre back Justin Crozier to push forward in effort to nullify the threat posed by Terry O’ Neill and such was to work a treat.

The Toome men never looked back thereafter and with Tomas Mc Cann assuming the lead role they proceeded to take the game to their hosts.

Questions were now being asked on the resilience of the home side rear guard and for the most they struggled to find response.

Cargin assumed the offensive to dominate the remainder of the period with result on the board.

Tomas Mc Cann nipped away to raise white in the 15th minute and following indiscretions on Michael Magill and the impressive Ciaran Bradley he followed with a brace.

It was almost not-stop offensive as Cargin drove forward and the majestic Tomas Mc Cann proved accurate in the extreme as he received from Ciaran Bradley to add a 26th minute point and after despatching a 30 metre free on the same direction he nipped through to add another a couple of minutes later and further reduce the deficit just on the half hour.

Just prior to the break both the sides were forced into change as firstly the home side’s CJ Mc Gourty picked up a black card being replaced by Kevin Niblock, with Michael Clarke called on to replace Paul Mc Cann who was similarly sanctioned a few minutes later in the Cargin ranks.

St Gall’s led 2-05 to 0-07 at the break but the home side were possibly glad to get a break.

The Toome men having ended the opening period on the positive did resume in the same mode and only seconds into such they were within a point of their hosts as Tomas Mc Cann added a goal.

Kevin Mc Shane who has certainly made a huge impression this term rose highest to seize the restart throw in and his delivery was claimed by Ciaran Bradley to send the ever available Tomas Mc Cann to add to his personal tally.

The visitors did draw abreast in the 36th minute as John Carron sent over the bar and although Kevin Niblock blasted a 39th minute penalty up and over the bar Brendan Laverty’s assist opened the door for another Carron point in reply.

Cargin were on the move and further white flags raised in sequence by Tomas Mc Cann after a fine intervention from the impressive Marty Kane, Michael Mc Cann, and Brendan Laverty they seemed in complete charge at 1-12 to 2-06 as time ticked onwards.

St Gall’s did look down but certainly far from out and as the previously dominant Cargin seemed to lose concentration the Milltown men took opportunity as Michael Pollock seized in the middle and sent Niall O’ Neill in the grab his second goal and square the issue at the 57th minute

The last minutes did prove frantic as both the sides looked to find the winner and in the event the South west men were to come up with the answer as a sweet combination which involved replacement Kevin O’ Boyle, Marty Kane, Michael Clarke, and Justin Crozier in turn created opportunity for Michael Mc Cann to coolly slot over the bar and the 62nd minute strike saw Cargin breast the line to claim the points at 1-13 to 3-06.

Referee Fiontan Mc Cotter (Sarsfield’s)



Tomas Mc Cann (1-07)

John Carron (0-02)

Michael Mc Cann (0-02)

Brendan Laverty (0-01)

Ciaran Bradley (0-01)

St Gall’s

Niall O’ Neill (2-01)

CJ Mc Gourty (1-02)

Michael Pollock (0-01)

Ruairi Wilson (0-01)

Kevin Niblock (0-01)


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