Cargin Kings after extra time – Photo 1 of 1

Cargin 1-18 Aghagallon 3-9 AET

Cargin becomes an overtime specialist in an Antrim football championship that has given his following many scary moments.

They left it very late in their semi-final against Creggan and repeated the dose in this Corrigan Park decider with extra time again needed.

They trailed eight points in the second half and finished strong in the second period of extra time to win their fourth Antrim Senior Football Championship in five years in appalling conditions.

Two goals in the first four minutes of the first half from Adam Loughran and Ruairi McCann stunned the pre-match favorites and another McCann goal after the restart left Ronan Devlin’s men a mountain to climb.

But they didn’t panic and got back into the fight with Michael McCann’s first fifty minute, a real hammer blow for the St Marys team who needed to force extra time despite the majority of the debates.

Extra time was cautious until Cargin stepped things up and landed four scores on the trot to overcome brave resistance from Aghagallon and ensure the Padraig McNamee Trophy will reside in familiar surroundings for the next 12 months.

Aghagallon was the first to score on a soggy afternoon on Whiterock Road when Jamie Lamont sent a perfect pass to Ruairi McCann, who claimed a mark and then converted.

Eunan Walsh was denied doubling to his sides in the lead by a terrific diving block from John Carron and Cargin leveled at the other end thanks to a regular point from Pat Shivers; after Jamie Gribbin slipped a nice ball inside him.

The underdogs restored their lead after Justin Crozier was penalized for holding inside and Gareth Magee converted. Magee then doubled his tally after Ruairi McCann held the ball and laid it in the forward corner.

Cargin was back before the half-time midpoint when Paul Mulholland interrupted Ciaran Bradley’s direct run and Tomas McCann was on hand to convert and Pat Shivers then moved on from laying off James Laverty to equalize the three things each.

Toome’s men then saw a limit penalty appeal dismissed when Pat Brannigan stopped Sean O’Neill’s run, but referee Conall Roberts was happy play continued, and O’Neill would later leave after suffering a cut.

O’Neill’s replacement, Benan Kelly, had an instant impact and had his team ahead for the first time with an excellent score.

At twenty minutes, the first goal arrived when Jack Lenahan dropped a ball on the touchline above Eunan Walsh, who gathered and shot low past John McNabb to edge his side 1-3 to 0-4 ahead.

Gareth Magee converted his second free of the half in stride and his side were in dreamland twenty-four minutes into the game when they scored their second goal in the space of four minutes.

A high ball into the square from Eunan Walsh picked out Ruairi McCann and the striker fired a powerful shot into the roof of the net to make it 2-4 to 0-4 with the St Marys side threatened to run away with it. .

Magee finished his teams scoring for the half with his third free while back-to-back free kicks from Tomas McCann and Shivers saw Cargin change end five at 0-6 to 2-5.

Granted, Cargin was in trouble on the restart and needed the opener, but it was the opposition who delivered another blow to the body after just three minutes.

Eunan Walsh slid the ball past Ciaran Magennis and with Cargin’s defense stretched, he picked Ruairi McCann to bring in his second goal of the afternoon.

Tomas McCann launched his third free kick in response and his brother Paul then scored another point in quick succession.

Toome’s side were on the comeback trail as Jamie Gribbin’s excellent score from distance was followed by a 45′ converted by John McNabb at half his trailing margin.

Another McCann free brought them closer, although Aghagallon found a much-needed score – their first in 16 minutes when Magee delivered.

With just under ten minutes remaining, Cargin reduced the backlog to a bare minimum with his only goal of the contest.

Tomas McCann sent a high pass to his brother Michael on the edge of the box and he did enough to knock him down and send a low shot to the corner of the net to make it 3-6 at 1-11.

Parity was restored for the first time since the seventeenth minute when John McNabb kicked his second ball of the afternoon.

Three more minutes were added and one minute in Cargin took the lead for only the second time thanks to a magnificent corner effort from James Laverty.

Aghagallon suddenly found himself in an unfamiliar position of having to chase down a leveler, after working hard to hang on to their lead and their perseverance paid off when Jack Lenahan picked his brother Oisin to swing the equalizer to push through. the game in overtime.

Aghagallon was the first to break the deadlock when Eunan Walsh fed substitute Pauric Magennis – who won a free, and Gareth Magee converted his third free of the contest.

Cargin equalized with the final kick of the first half after Jamie Gribbin fed Pat Shivers who dropped a shot high on the roof of the net to continue the drama.

Aghagallon hit the forward again in the first minute of the second period after Pauric Maginnis charged forward and scored what turned out to be their last of the game.

Cargin finished the stronger team when Tomas McCann converted his fifth level ball again and after claiming the ensuing kick; Cargin hit the front thanks to a great angled shot from Pat Shivers.

Aghagallon’s defense was stretched as they pursued an immediate response and Benan Kelly added to his first half point with a fist-on-the-bar finish when a goal was sighted.

Two points remained the difference in injury time and Cargin finally found his point of insurance, when Sean O’Neill, who returned from injury, fired and Cargin was champion again.

Teams and scorers: Cargin: J McNabb (0-2), K O’Boyle, J Crozier, C Donnelly, J Carron, J Laverty (0-1), S O’Neill, R Gribbin, G McCann, C Bradley, J Gribbin (0-1), P McCann (0-1), P Shivers (0-5), M McCann (1-0), T McCann (0-5).

Subs: B Kelly (0-2) for S O’Neill, S O’Neill (0-1) for R Gribbin, M Kelly for M McCann B Laverty for C Donnelly, K McShane for M Kelly, D Johnston for B Kelly , G McCorley for J Laverty


Aghagallon: D O’Hagan, D Donnelly, J Lamont, P Mulholland, C Magennis, P Branigan, D McAlernon, O Lenahan (0-1), J Lenahan, E Walsh, A Loughran (1-0), M McAfee, G Magee (0-6), R McCann (2-1,), J Hannon.

Replacements: P Gowdy for J Hannon, P Gowdy for J Hannon, E McCartan for P Gowdy, P Maginnis for M McAfee S Devlin for P Mulholland, N McShane for P Brannigan.

Referee: Conall Roberts (St Johns)

Jack C. Nugent