Cargin win by a whisker

Thursday, 23 February 2017

AFTER a temporary lapse of tenancy, Cargin are back in O'Cahan Cup business. In their first round tie they got through by the narrowest of margins, 1-11 to 0-13 against Casements, having to come from off the pace to do so.
Cargin began as if they never had been absent and a storming opening phase seemed to have left the Portglenone men for dead.
Michael Mc Cann had the home side off the mark in style as he fielded a superb cross field delivery from his brother Tomas to plant the ball in the back of the net after just a couple of minutes.
The Casement's men seemed stunned by the early concession and although their best player Paddy Kelly did convert from a free, so ferocious were the Cargin attacks that the Portglenone side looked in for a torrid time.
Four further points from Tomas McCann and a great Enda McGrogan effort left it 1-5 to 0-1 in the early stages with the Casements side finding nowhere to hide.
Back, however, came the Ports with Paddy Kelly and Gerard Mc Aleese leading the attack and big Niall Mc Keever solid in the central zone they certainly made a game of it.
A Conal Delargy point signalled revival and in the event the visitors were to dominate the remainder of the period.
Cargin appeared to lose control in their own back yard, so much so that the visitors were on level terms at the half way stage.
Only a goal separated the sides when Paddy Kelly, Caolan Tierney,and wing half back Delargy all slotted over points.
Cargin were struggling to recover and their visitors, confident in combined approach in which the roving Gerard Mc Aleese was more often than not central continued to push forward. and with Kelly tapping over three more unanswered points, it was 0-8 to 1-5 at the break
After a 20 minute absence without a score John Carron got them back on track but three more quick efforts from the visitors had the home side on the ropes.
However, points from Enda Mc Grogan and Tomas Mc Cann saw something of a turnaround as manager John Brennan looked to the bench from which Tony Scullion was called into service.
A typical Scullion dash opened the way for John Carron to hoist fire over another point and when the Tomas Mc Cann added a couple and his brother Paul followed with an excellent score Cargin had come from behind to lead by a couple.
Casement's did all in their power to get back on top but all they could offer was a late Caolan Tierney point and they were indeed somewhat unlucky to make their exit from the competition at this early stage.


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