Mighty An Tochar de­liver the goods

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - BREN­DAN LAWRENCE at New­cas­tle GAA Club

AN TOCHAR de­liv­ered a mighty per­for­mance against St Pa­trick’s in New­cas­tle to leave them­selves in a very healthy po­si­tion in Group 2 of the Ju­nior A foot­ball cham­pi­onship ahead of the last round of games.

The Round­wood side will face Balt­in­glass in the last game that could see them claim the semi-fi­nal berth should Barn­dar­rig slip up against Ash­ford in their last en­counter.

Barn­dar­rig and An Tochar will emerge from the group re­gard­less of the re­sults of the fi­nal round, but St Pat’s and Ash­ford re­main within reach of Balt­in­glass leav­ing the last game against An Tochar in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant for the Slaneyside­rs. Ash­ford face the dif­fi­cult task of tak­ing on Barn­dar­rig while the Dun­bur Park out­fit face a 47-point score dif­fer­ence although they face whip­ping boys Éire Óg in their last clash and with Ash­ford putting 8-21 past the suf­fer­ing Grey­stones side it wouldn’t be an earth-shat­ter­ing sur­prise if the un­likely came to pass.

The Round­wood men were on fire for much of this game and were com­pre­hen­sively su­pe­rior to an out-of-sorts look­ing St Pat’s side that boasted recog­nis­able names in their ranks such as James Ka­vanagh, Niall Earls, Matthew Traynor and Mat­tie Byrne to name justafew.

Strong show­ings from Conor Davis and Bren­dan Kennedy was the mak­ings of the An Tochar men who took an ut­terly dom­i­nant 2-10 to 0-3 lead into the half-time break.

They led by 1-4 to 0-0 be­fore Pat’s full-for­ward James Ka­vanagh pointed their opener from a free, the An Tochar goal com­ing from the im­pres­sive Gavin Fogarty who would have a fine game.

Points from Conor Davis (3), the influentia­l Bren­dan Swords (2) and Ea­monn Wolo­han prized open a 1-10 to 0-3 lead but Bren­dan Kennedy’s goal af­ter 30 min­utes put this tie to bed in stun­ning style. Kennedy’s breaks from deep were a joy to watch and his sec­ond-half han­dling of Ea­monn Wolfe was another big plus on his re­port card.

An Tochar didn’t re­lent af­ter the break and were 3-11 to 0-3 up af­ter Conor David bun­dled the ball over the Pat’s line for their third goal af­ter 13 min­utes.

Both sides rang the changes from here on in and while Pat’s did reg­is­ter a few more scores as the sec­ond half wore on (James Ka­vanagh (free), Niall Earls (free), and Ro­nan Mur­ray, in truth, they were well out­classed on the day by a very im­pres­sive Round­wood out­fit.

St Pat’s in­tro­duced Ea­monn Wolfe at the break but they failed to de­liver any class of ball, high or low, into him or James Ka­vanagh over the course of the sec­odn half.

An Tochar were very well served by Bren­dan Kennedy who was ex­cel­lent through­out. Their half-back line was very busy and com­bined with the mid­field­ers to pil­fer plenty of ball from a lack­lus­tre Pat’s mid­dle third.

Scor­ers – An Tochar: Conor Davis 1-7 (4f), Bren­dan Kennedy 1-0, Gavin Fogarty 1-0, Liam Gaffney 0-2, Bren­dan Swords 0-3, Ea­monn Wolo­han 0-1.

St Pa­trick’s: James Ka­vanagh 0-2 (2f), Jack Dunne 0-1, Ruairi Mar­ron 0-1, Niall Earls 0-1 (f), Ro­nan Mur­ray 0-1.

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