An Tochar battle hard for victory over Donard-Glen
to the repair shop as they introduced Laurence Daly for Thomas Dwyer.
It was twenty three minutes before Donard-Glen opened their account – a point by their top scorer and wing-forward Brian Lennon.
That settled them and they finished the half strongly to narrow the gap to 0-4 to 0-6 with a fine brace by substitute Larry Daly and another from Lennon.
David Cooke replaced Donal McGillycuddy on the Roundwood team, Liam Twoomey took over from Michael Daly on the DonardGlen side.
Ray Halloran and Luke Ferguson exchanged points before Brian Lennon put back-to-back scores to level the match at 0-7 each.
But when the chips were down, it was Luke Ferguson who ran the show for An Tochar. He scored three points on the trot to restore his team’s advantage, while Ray Halloran blazed wide at the other end.
Donard-Glen, who were also battling for their first championship win this season, were not going to give up easily. Colm Osbourne typified their fighting spirit as he swung over two points as the game entered the last ten minutes to cut the margin to a minimum 0-10 to 0-9.
However, An Tochar were not in the mood to surrender their lead for a second time in the match. Substitute David Cooke gave them more breathing space with a quick-fire point and with five minutes to go Enda Kavanagh nailed down the win for An Tochar – a win both teams craved – with his only score of the match.
No doubt Paul Brady and the Roundwood men breathed a sigh of relief at the final whistle and hope this form carries over to the Keating Cup.
An Tochar's Clive Davis tries to shake off Donard the Glen's Brian Lennon of DonardGlen.