Cargin on track for yet another league title

Thursday, 1 June 2017

CARGIN remained on the winning trail and in pursuit of another Division 1 league title when they proved too strong for the visiting St Paul's on a slippery Toome arena on Saturday last.
The reigning county champions stared this one as the hot favourites and indeed a quick getaway and an early lead, supplemented by a superb Michael Mc Cann goal saw them at 1-6 to 0-2 by the end of the opening quarter but this was to be as good as it was to get for John Brennan's men.
Cargin looked on their way to a comfortable victory when they started the second half with a ten point advantage but in the event, and although a shock never looked likely, they failed to build on what had already been achieved.
Apparently losing direction and with extremely poor finishing, they had to be content with a 1-14 to 0-9 success.
What should have been a stroll in the park for the home side in this top against bottom clash, the visitors, with just one victory recorded to date, put it up to the champions and while eight points is a pretty convincing victory it should have been at least double.
The Erin's Own men got off to a flier and had four points on the board in the opening five minutes.
Ciaran Close who had returned to duty from a recent leg injury had points in the first and fifth minutes sandwiched between white flags raised in turn by Ciaran Bradley and Michael Mc Cann.
The West Belfast did get on to the board from a Conor Mc Cartan free kick in the seventh minute and a wayward clearance by the home side opened the way for Liam Carland to add another.
St Paul's looked to have overcome the early stage fright but only momentarily as David Johnston and Paul Mc Cann replied with points each at the other. Moments later Michael McCann found the net after collecting a precise Brendan Laverty pass and a thumping looked on the cards.
While Billy Burns collected a third point for St Pauls Cargin went nap in the closing stages of the half with Close firing over two and Johnson and Carron one each for a 1-10 to 0-3 lead as the interval approached.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.


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