Mighty An Tochar deliver the goods
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.