Cargin Erin's Own(Antrim) 2-07 Eglish St Patricks(Tyrone) 0-10
In the second match of the day and backed by a good Cargin support who travelled in numbers the short distance from Toome, Ryan Mc Kernan got Cargin off to the perfect start when he slotted home a 4th minute goal for the opening score of this Thomas Devlin Ulster U21 Championship quarter-final against Tyrone champions Eglish. Cargin’s centre half back, Marty Kane added a point two minutes later with Paul Mc Cann fisting Cargin’s third score over the bar in the 10th minute of play.
Cargin were totally on top in all areas of the field and when John Carron and Brendan Laverty added points a piece in the 11th and 12th minutes a total rout seemed to be on the cards.
Due to difficult conditions underfoot the play was sometimes scrappy with numerous frees being conceded by both teams. It was no surprise that it was a free conceded by the Cargin defence in the 20th minute that set up Eglish’s first score with centre half forward Paul McKillion slotting over from 13 metres . Within a minute Eglish’s Paul McElroy scored a fine point from play giving his team a much needed boost however Cargin responded immediately with the best score of the half, Brendan Laverty slotting the ball over the bar following some brilliant attacking play from James Laverty and Paul Mc Cann.
Approaching the end of the first half Eglish were just about keeping themselves in the game with a pointed free from the their full forward Gregory Jordan however James Laverty restored Cargin’s six point lead with a much deserved score from play. Both teams had great goal chances in the final minute of the half, both Cargin’s Mark Kelly and Eglish’s Paul McElroy missing relatively easy chances.
Half time Cargin 1-06 Eglish 0-03
Eglish made the stronger start to the second half securing the first two scores (both points) to reduce the margin to 4 points however Cargin responded with a 4th minute Paul McCann point this again followed some tremendous battling by James Laverty who secured possession and started the move on his own half back line before combining with Mark Kelly who released McCann for the tap over. Sean Mc Killion kept the difference at four with a great point, possibly the best score of the game in the 8th minute.
Cargin seemed to be in total control again when in the 16th minute Mark Kelly put the ball in the back of the net after a catalogue of errors in the Eglish defence. It seemed that the game was all but over
as a contest over as it moved into the final quarter however when Cargin midfielder John Carron was dismissed by referee Barry Cassidy in the 20th minute Eglish sensed an opportunity to snatch the game from the Antrim champions.
Firstly Gregory Jordan brought the game back to six points with a fine point from play, this was quickly followed by two points from Sean Mc Killion, one from a free, leaving four points between the teams with 6 minutes of ordinary time remaining. Paul Mc Elroy slotted over a great point in the 27th minute leaving Cargin with a very uncomfortable and dangerous lead to defend for the final few minutes, however even with 5 minutes of injury time played Cargin were able to shut out the Eglish attacks and there were to be no further scores.
Cargin’s James Laverty was the outstanding player on the field and was rightly awarded the Denvir Plumbing sponsored Laoch na hImeartha Award.
Final score Cargin 2-07 Eglish 0-10