An Tochar romp to victory over Ti­na­hely

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JU­NIOR ‘B’ FOOT­BALL An Tochar 0-12, Ti­na­hely 0-6: An Tochar booked their place in the fi­nal of the Ju­nior ‘B’ Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship at the sec­ond time of ask­ing when they romped to a dou­bles scores victory over Ti­na­hely at An­nacurra on Fri­day night.

Two weeks ago Ti­na­hely came from be­hind to force a draw but on this oc­ca­sion the Round­wood men closed the game out when their op­po­nents tried to re­peat their come­back bid.

Wing-for­ward Shay Cullen was again the in­spi­ra­tional player for An Tochar; his ac­cu­racy was phe­nom­e­nal as his nine points from play and frees am­ply tes­tify; and he got their show on the road in­side two min­utes with their open­ing point.

Full-for­ward Fer­gal Mul­li­gan was the provider of the pass to Cullen and he acted as a con­duit through­out the match for Round­wood at­tacks, though he lacked a sharp edge to his own shoot­ing on the night.

Played in a driz­zly rain through­out, Ti­na­hely’s shoot­ing for scores was in keep­ing with the dis­mal weather and they squan­dered a lot of chances through­out the first half as they fell 02 to 0-5 be­hind to the ac­cu­racy of Shay Cullen who ac­counted for four of An Tochar’s five points in the open­ing half.

Al­though Shay Cullen stretched the An Tochar lead im­me­di­ately af­ter the restart, Ti­na­hely looked as if they were again go­ing to stage a re­cov­ery in the third quar­ter.

Cen­tre-for­ward Nicky Mur­phy was Ti­na­hely’s out­stand­ing player, aided and abet­ted by Gavin Kenny and Tony Lacey, and mainly through his ef­forts Mur­phy steered his team to within two points of An Tochar by the end of the third quar­ter 0-6 to 0-8.

But that’s as good as it got for the South district team in this re­match.

In­deed in the fi­nal quar­ter they were re­duced to 14 play­ers as the Round­wood side pressed on for their comfortable victory, with Shay Cullen again the ar­chi­tect and ex­e­cu­tioner for most of their points.

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