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Cargin advance to the Antrim final

By Declan Bogue

Erin's Own, Cargin, have made it to their third Antrim senior football final in a row, with a ten-point victory over neighbours Creggan in Friday night's semi-final at Ahoghill, the scoreline finishing 2-14 to 1-7, with Kevin O'Boyle driving them on from defence.

They now go on to face the winners of Sunday's semi-final, between Lamh Dhearg - last winners in 1992 - and O'Donovan Rossa, who last captured the trophy one year previously.

Lamh Dhearg have already disposed of St John's and Portglenone and naturally, they will look to Paddy Cunningham's expertise from the deadball to be the difference. Rossa picked up their first win in Championship football for several seasons when they got past St James' in their quarter-final, and will be boosted by the fact that they have won three out of the last four league meetings between the sides. With Colm Fleming and Chris McGuinness in their ranks, they are not to be taken lightly, the game at 3.30pm on Sunday in Corrigan Park.

Elsewhere, the Monaghan senior Championship has reached the same stage with Castleblayney facing favourites Scotstown (Saturday, Clontibret, 5pm) and Clontibret meeting surprise package, Monaghan Harps in the other tie (Sunday, Scotstown, 3.30pm).

In other news, Armagh's Finian Moriarty has followed Derry's Fergal Doherty into retirement from inter-county football, while the joint Mayo management of Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly has stepped down following a breakdown in confidence with their players.

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