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Scullion out to work magic as Cargin get another crack at it

 

By John Campbell

When Cargin found themselves battling against the odds in last Sunday's Antrim Senior Football Championship semi-final against St John's, they did what they have done more than once in the past by sending out an SOS to Tony Scullion.

And, in a typical show of bravado, the 35-year-old former Saffrons ace galloped from the bench to offer inspiration when it was most needed.

From staring into an abyss, Cargin were hauled to the safety of a draw through a combination of Scullion's rampant surges and Tomas McCann's ice-cool finishing.

Now, construction company director Scullion, who called time on his inter-county career a couple of years ago, is targeting a starting place in Sunday's replay against St John's at Glenavy (4pm).

Cargin are aiming to collect their third title on the trot but their ambitions looked to have nosedived when they found themselves trailing by 0-11 to 0-5 at one stage in the drawn contest.

"We thought our goose was cooked," admitted Scullion with typical candour. "St John's were playing really well but we seemed to get our act together and then we got a couple of scores that brought us back and allowed us to force a draw."

Scullion's never say die spirit, his indomitable courage and towering ambition were transmitted to his colleagues and the upshot is that the team will take a positive attitude into the replay.

"We were still three points down with something like just over four minutes to go but Tomas McCann got a late brace of points that gives us another crack at St John's," said Scullion.

The west Belfast side, bolstered by Matthew Fitzpatrick, Conor Johnston and the dynamic Patrick McBride, now face the considerable challenge of quenching the Cargin fire if they hope to book their place against Lamh Dhearg in the final.

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