In The Irish News - Sep 21 1996: Bone-cruncher predicted as Cargin and St Paul's clash in Antrim SFC final

IT'S certain to be a bone-cruncher.

Holders Cargin have been picking off the city sides on their now seemingly annual trip to the Bass-sponsored Antrim senior football final at Casement Park in Belfast.

Now, it’s time to wipe the smiles off the face of those pampered boys from the city's Shaw’s Road, namely St Paul's.

Last year’s triumph meant the Toome men had finally overcome a huge psychological barrier after so many near misses.

But St Paul’s with players like the McStravicks (Charlie and Paul), ex-Swatragh player Hugh Tohill (brother of Derry star Anthony), Paul McErlean and Chris Murphy available will present the country boys with a much stiffer task than last year.

Cargin reportedly have injury doubts about Michael Johnston, Shanie McQuillan...etc etc.

But expect all to line out. Cargin men are made of stern stuff.

Witness eh... uncompromising (phew) corner-back Martin Logan.

St Paul’s to do it. Said very quietly ....


MICKEY Boyle could make his full debut for Cliftonville today as the Reds take on Carrick Rangers in the final Sun Life Gold Cup Section C game at Taylor’s Avenue. Boyle signed at Solitude from Ards but was carrying an ankle injury recently.

He has appeared on three occasions as a substitute but is now fit and available for Marty Quinn to select.

Also back in the reckoning is midfielder Mark O’Neill, he may start this afternoon but there is no good news regarding the injuries of Tim McCann, Joe Kerr and Tommy McDonald.

“Better news is coming from the treatment room and it looks like I will have a few selection problems in the up and coming weeks,” said manager Marty Quinn.


MONEY might make the world go round.

But it seems simply to have driven Celtic manager Tommy Burns round the bend.

After criticising his players following the Coca Cola Cup defeat by Hearts over their much-publicised unhappiness with bonus payments, Burns yesterday moved to smooth the waters by retreating to a more diplomatic position.

The Parkhead boss would appear to have been piggy in the middle in a disagreement between the Celtic stars. A sell out crowd of 50,000 – Celtic's biggest in four years – is expected for today's clash with Dunfermline and Burns is convinced the grumblings of the faithful over, what he perceived to be pampered, over-paid footballers, will not dilute the passion they have for those who wear the famed green and white hoop jerseys.


A PROPOSAL to abolish the newly-introduced “golden goal” is to be submitted by the Football Association of Ireland to UEFA.

Instead, the FAI suggest that the first goal scored in extra-time should be worth double in the event of a draw, so the team scoring first in extra-time would win.

If there were no goals the match would go to penalties.

Des Casey, Ireland’s representative on UEFA’s executive committee, said at UEFA’s Euro 96 Round Table yesterday the system could be one way of reducing the risk of the unpopular penalty shootout in major competitions.


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