Gwee­dore hold firm against Car­gin

Gwee­dor 3-11 Erin’s Own, Car­gin 1-13

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - GaelicGames -

Done­gal cham­pi­ons Gwee­dore sur­vived a sec­ond half scare against Car­gin of Antrim to se­cure a place in the last four of the Ul­ster se­nior club foot­ball cham­pi­onship at Cor­ri­gan Park in Belfast yes­ter­day.

Lead­ing by 10 points at the break, the Tír Con­aill men were reeled in to two points at one stage by a dogged sec­ond half show­ing from Car­gin.

Gwee­dore en­joyed the bet­ter of the first half and al­though the sides were level at 0-3 apiece af­ter 12 min­utes, by the 28th minute the Done­gal side had moved into a 0-8 to 0-5 lead with Kevin Cas­sidy ac­count­ing for three points. And it was the for­mer county star who raised the game’s first green flag, palm­ing the ball to the net just be­fore the break.

Fi­nal touch

Goal num­ber two ar­rived in first-half in­jury-time, al­most a car­bon copy of the first, this time Cian Mul­li­gan get­ting the fi­nal touch.

Trail­ing by 2-10 to 0-6 at the break, Car­gin hit the ground run­ning af­ter the restart. Mick McCann and Jamie Grib­bin slot­ted over early points be­fore sub Paul McCann fired to the net on 40 min­utes.

Séa­mus Ó Baoill con­verted a 48th minute free for Gwee­dore but James Laverty and Tomás McCann points had just two be­tween the sides, 2-11 to 1-12, on 55 min­utes. How­ever, Done­gal nerves were set­tled when Car­roll punched to the net a minute later.

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