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Cargin dig deep to edge out Creggan as they claim hat-trick mission in tense affair

Cargin 0-5 Creggan 0-4

By Tomas McGurk

Cargin claimed their third Antrim SFC title in four years with a narrow one-point win over neighbours Creggan in a low-scoring clash at Ahoghill yesterday.

If their semi-final win over St Gall's was a game to remember, Cargin's final win was one to forget.

At the end of the first half, the sides were tied at 0-2 all with a strong cross-field breeze making playing conditions difficult for both teams.

A wonder score from Tomas McCann edged Cargin in front early in the second half and the Toome men were more clinical with their chances.

Indeed, Kevin Small missed a chance to tie the game with a late free, but his kick was off target.

Michael Magill opened the scoring after two minutes, but Cargin's target man was subsequently well-held by the impressive Ricky Johnston.

Small levelled the game after a tense opening 10 minutes, but scores were at a premium for the remainder of the half.

A free from Small put Creggan ahead on 18 minutes and it was to be the one and only time Kickhams would lead.

A Ciaran Bradley point tied the game two minutes later and the sides failed to score again for the remainder of the half.

Cargin pushed two clear thanks to a stunning point from McCann and another from Bradley, yet Creggan showed plenty of heart in the second half.

Marty Johnston, who excelled at midfield reduced the gap to a point before Conor McCann ended a great solo run with a fisted point to tie the game at 0-4 each.

However, Creggan were left to rue a series of poor wides while Michael McCann scores what proved to be the winning point on 52 minutes following a neat one-two with Magill.

A foul on the lively Liam Quinn offered Small the chance of an equaliser with two minutes of normal time remaining, but the Creggan youngster dragged his shot narrowly wide and Cargin held possession smartly in the final minutes to see the game out.

Cargin scorers: C Bradley 0-2, M Magill, T McCann, M McCann 0-1 each.

Creggan scorers: K Small 0-2 (0-1f), M Johnston, C McCann 0-1 each.

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