Bray People

Late An Tochar blitz proves too much

- Sports · Hollywood · Peter O'Toole

5-7 1-7

A trio of clin­i­cally ex­e­cuted ma­jors in the clos­ing eight min­utes guided An Tochar into the semi-fi­nal of the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel Ju­nior ‘C’ foot­ball cham­pi­onship last Thurs­day evening, un­der the lights in Hollywood.

David Ka­vanagh was the man of the hour for the Round­wood side as he plundered 3-1 over the 60-odd min­utes. It was a well-bal­anced game up un­til the 48th minute in a tight cagey en­counter.

Philip Pen­rose opened the scor­ing with a point in the sec­ond minute be­fore Niall Gaffney lev­elled mat­ters mo­ments later. Darren Hob­son pointed be­fore Des Fo­ley goaled from close range to edge Kil­te­gan ahead.

Mark Keenan bombed over a long-range point just be­fore the wa­ter break with the score read­ing 1-2 to 0-3.

Dale Brady was fouled in the large square and Niall Gaffney dis­patched the re­sul­tant penalty be­yond Em­mett Mur­phy to take the lead for the first time.

A brace of points on the bounce for Kil­te­gan re­stored the lead. Kil­te­gan went down to 14 just be­fore half-time, los­ing Ciaran Doyle on a black card, as Kil­te­gan led by a soli­tary point at the in­ter­val.

An Tochar should have added an­other ma­jor on the restart, how­ever Niall Gaffney fired over the cross­bar af­ter a great pass in from Martin Gaffney.

John Keogh an­gled over a mighty score be­fore Jef­frey Ber­ming­ham bombed over a trade­mark point to put Kil­te­gan in front just be­fore the sec­ond wa­ter break.

Kil­te­gan were find­ing it hard to con­tain the Round­wood cen­tre for­ward line. David Ka­vanagh turned on a six­pence and landed his first ma­jor with a sub­lime fin­ish.

John O’Toole replied with a nice point for Kil­te­gan af­ter great work by Darren Hob­son. Again, David Ka­vanagh found him­self in space deep in­side the Kil­te­gan rear­guard from a Graham Sut­ton pass and Ka­vanagh ri­fled home in the 53rd minute as An Tochar now led 3-5 to 1-7.

An­other brace of ma­jors quickly fol­lowed: Niall Gaffney added his sec­ond of the evening be­fore the el­e­gant wing for­ward, David Ka­vanagh, har­vested his hat-trick with an­other sub­lime fin­ish be­fore the landed an­other brace of white flags to put some­what of a gloss on the full-time score. ROUND­WOOD: Peter O’Toole; Luke Kenny, Eoghan Marah, Noel Power; Niall Byrne, John Ka­vanagh, Gavin Staunton (01); Martin Gaffney, Niall Gaffney (2-3, 1p); David Ka­vanagh (3-1), Johnny Tobin, Tom Kenna (0-1); Dale Brady, Mark Keenan (0-1), Graham Sut­ton. Subs: Hugh Kenna, Enda Ka­vanagh, Michael Kin­sella, Colm O’Brien.

KIL­TE­GAN: Em­mett Mur­phy; Colm O’Con­nor (0-1), Gavin Keogh, Jamie Daly; Mark Ryan, Niall Fo­ley, Ciaran Doyle; Joey Ma­her (0-1), Christy O’Toole; John Whe­lan, Liam Kennedey, Des Fo­ley (1-0); Lau­rence Mur­phy, Darren Hob­son (0-1, 1f), Philip Pen­rose (0-1). Subs: Stephen Cor­ri­gan, Paul Boland, John Keogh (0-1), Jef­frey Ber­ming­ham (0-1), John O’Toole (0-1). REF­EREE: Ja­son Smyth

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