With ten minutes until the break a popped pass into the Lamh Dhearg area was gambled upon by Niall McKeever whose fisted effort broke across the goalmouth before McKeever dived in to fist it pat John Finucane to give Portglenone a 1-03-0-04 lead and for the first time over the two legs the Ports were in the driving seat.
Portglenone: R ONeill, R McGuigan , S Delargy, R Convery, RDelargy, D McAleese, C Tierney, N McKeever (1-00), M Kelly jnr, C Delargy (0-03,0-02f), N Delargy, K McKenna, R Kelly (0-03, 0-02f), M Donnelly (0-01), P Kelly(0-03, 0-02f). Subs: F OKane for R Convery (HT); G McAleese jnr (0-01) for CTierney (43); M Hagan (0-01f) for P Kelly (45); P Kelly for R Kelly (70); RKelly for G McAleese jnr (72).
Subs: P Shivers for M Magill (HT); C Close (1-01) for D Johnston (51); GMcCorley for K OBoyle (57); K McShane for J Carron (62). Cargin: J McNabb, D McKeever, M Kane, K Close, T Scullion, JCrozier (0-01), J Laverty, D Johnston (1-00), J Carron (0-01), P McCann, MMcCann (0-01), C Bradley (0-02), T McCann (0-02f), M Magill (0-01f), J Gribben.
Ten minutes each way of frantic action saw well chewed finger nails bit down to the bone as both sets of supporters roared their sides to one last moment of excellence that might bring a result and both sides will look to a plethora of missed chances over the 80 minutes as they try to find the key that might at last unlock the door to a place in the final against Cargin.
Subs: R McGuigan for S Delargy (29); M Hagan for M Donnelly (29); M Kelly for FOKane (39); G McAleese for M Hagan (54). Portglenone: R ONeill, J Convery, S Delargy, R Convery, RDelargy, D McAleese (0-01), C Tierney, N McKeever, F OKane (0-01f), C Delargy(2-01, 1-00p), N Delargy, K McKenna, R Kelly (0-01), M Donnelly, P Kelly (1-02).
There was still enough time for the Lamhs to build one final attack as Declan Lynch interchanged with Declan Smith who found Marc Jordan and Jordan had the presence of mind to pick out Ben Rice, under extreme pressure Rice shot between the posts to make it 1-12-0-15 and ensure that after a thrilling twenty minutes free-kicks was the next course of action. Paddy Cunningham had the chance to draw the sides level again, though his curling free from the angle tailed wide.
But it was his side who regained the lead through Paddy Cunninghams fourth free of the evening. Referee Colm McDonald black carded Ryan Murray deep into injury-time and with the Hannahstown side a man short, Portglenone took advantage with Conall Delargy claiming a pass from namesake Niall and hoisting it over to level at 1-09-0-12 and an additional twenty minute period would be required.
An outstanding effort from Cunningham doubled his sides advantage after neat link-up with Marc Jordan, though at the end of the first period the sides were seperated by the bare minimum as Michael Hagan converted a free. It took until the 8th minute of extra-time for the opening score to arrive through Paddy Cunningham the corner-forward with his first from play.
However itappeared as though Delargy was only booked once and the Ports number fivereturned to proceedings in time for his side to hit the front through a secondfree from Kelly to give his side a 1-12-0-14 lead. Portglenone restored parity through a converted PatrickKelly free in the second period and confusion then reined as referee ColmMcDonald issued Ronan Delargy with a yellow-card and subsequent red.
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Patrick's Day 2010 defeated Kilmurry-Ibrickane of Clare in Croke Park to win the All-Ireland title, becoming the first Antrim club to do so. However, in 2005, the 2000 title was awarded to Cargin. Following its 2009 success, St. Galls captured the 2009 Ulster Championship and on St. In 2000 no title was awarded, as both finalists were ejected from the competition, because of fighting. The current (2018) champions are Erins Own Cargin, who have won the title on 8 occasions.
Lamh Dhearg: J Finucane, M McGarry, P Mervyn, C Nolan, DLynch, M Herron, B Rice (1-01), P Fitzsimons, K Quinn, E McKeown (0-01), CMurray, M Jordan, P Cunningham (0-08, 0-05f), T McCrudden (1-00), R Murray(0-03). Subs: R Straney for D Lynch (36 blood sub); D Smyth for T McCrudden(43); R Straney for M McGarry (45); C Mcilvenny for C Nolan (52); M Finneganfor R Murray (63).