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Cargin gets the opportunity to end St Gall's reign

By John Campbell

Cargin have looked to be the only side of late capable of thwarting St Gall's in their bid to land an eighth consecutive Antrim football title and they have now formally earned the right to do this following a 0-20 to 1-10 victory over St Teresa's in yesterday's semi-final.

Tómas McCann set the tone for their win with four first-half points while Gerard O'Boyle contributed a brace but when Brendan Agnew grabbed St Teresa's goal they looked as if they might take the wind out of their opponents' sails.

But experienced substitute Ciaran Close proved an ace card for Cargin, his three second-half points allowing the side to stretch their legs for the finishing line.

Maghery will meet Harps in the semi-final of the Armagh championship following their 3-10 to 2-6 win over Ballymacnab.

The losers led by 1-5 to 0-4 at the break with Gavin McParland having landed all their scores but Maghery, with Paul Forker their inspiration, turned up the heat in the second-half.

Forker whipped in all three goals, one from a penalty, with Ryan Kennedy snapping up Ballymacnab's second goal. In the other Armagh semi-final Crossmaglen Rangers will meet St Patrick's.

Meanwhile, Tyrone legend Peter Canavan is keeping Cavan Gaels on course to land the county title.

The Gaels tuned in a comprehensive display to overcome semi-final opponents Cuchullains by 2-12 to 0-8 with Seanie Johnston grabbing 1-7 and Niall Murray firing in their other goal.

In the Donegal championship, county aces Colm McFadden (2-5) and Christy Toye (1-2) combined to land 3-7 in St Michael's handsome 4-10 to 0-6 over Bundoran. Gweedore were held to a draw by Killybegs (1-5 each) even though they had Eamonn McGee in their starting line-up and brought on Neil McGee and Odhran MacNiallais.

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