Cargin (@1.53) vs St Galls (@3.0)
23-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Cargin will win

Cargin – St Galls Match Prediction | 23-09-2019 12:30

They had lost in the finals of 1987 to St Gall, 89 to Rossa, 1990 to St Galls, 93 to St Galls again and 94 to St Pauls so they were beginning to wonder if they would ever get over the line again. Cargin had made the breakthrough in 1974 when the club won its first title by beating Sarsfields in the final, but around Toome there were doubts if they would get their hands on the McNamee Cup again. Relief more than elation was Martin McAuleys felling when he captained the Cargin team to victory in the 1995 Senior Championship final against St Johns at Casement Park.

It may not have been the classic contest we had hoped for and for the neutrals in attendance at Fr. Will that matter to the men from Erins Own Cargin? You might get an answer by Tuesday once their done celebrating their eighth Antrim title and third in four years. McGuigan Park, it wont last long in the memory.

On that occasion, the Milltown Row men took the crown but the Cuchullains didnt show for the final. A bizarre set of circumstances surrounding the contest but on Sunday, Dunloy put in a hugely impressive and polished performance, dominating from start to finish. Apart from a ten minute period at the start of the second half when St Galls began to look like the team who had upset the form book by defeating Aghagallon in the last four but once they had weathered the storm, Dunloy controlled the game and cantered to claim minor glory.

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The Cuchullains goal came at the perfect time for the north Antrim men. Man of the match Callum Scullion bagging the major in the third minute to settle the Cuchullains early and putting St Galls on the back foot. The Dunloy men were able to build momentum and after a breath-taking opening 30 minutes, they held a ten point lead at the short whistle.

Well we could be on for a repeat, and who knows maybe a repeat of the other semi-final between Creggan and St Johns after the four seeded teams came out of the hat in Monday nights draw at the Dunsilly Hotel. A game in which Cargin snatched victory with the last kick of the game, a wonder strike from Tomas McCann.

Creggan managed their first score of the final when Kevin Small split the posts in the 11th minute and when the Creggan forward judged the elements to perfection soon after to give the Kickhams the lead, it looked like the Staffrordstown Road side had finally settled into their first final in 41 years. An early goal chance for the Kickhams was squandered when Matthew Rodgers shot was floated straight to the waiting arms of John McNabb in the Cargin goals.

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They wanted to take me to hospital but I was going nowhere. One of the St Johns defenders laid one on him about ten minutes into the second half and got sent off but just around the same time I went up for a high ball and came down on my ankle and had to be carried off the field. I was in a lot of pain but you dont want to leave an occasion like that.

With the astute Cassidy on the line, you can be assured that the Antrim kingpins will be suitably prepared for all that the Donegal men have to throw at them. Cargin's record in the Ulster series is something that has been repeatedly used as a throwaway dismissal of their chances, something that greatly irks the Erin's Own men and they will be determined to build on the momentum gained from an Antrim campaign that required a replay to get past 2017 champions Lmh Dhearg.

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The match will not live long in the memory of those present, but as Brendan Crossan put it in the Irish News, Cargin will only remember "the taste of victory". The Toome side clinched their seventh title in a dour affair a fortnight ago, where they saw off parish rivals Kickham's Creggan by 0-05 to 0-04 in a windswept Ahoghill.

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