Cityjet Senior Football Championship
Grp A Rnd 3
Round Towers 2-17
By Damian Dolan
at the Scrubs
Round Towers overcame a late Parnells fightback at the Scrubs to set up a semi-final showdown with Fulham Irish.
The south Londoners led by nine points with 15 minutes to go, thanks to goals from Conal Scott and Sean Hickey and inspired by a man of the match display from Tomas Hill, and appeared to be cruising into the semi-finals with rivals Kingdom Kerry Gaels beaten by Tir Chonaill Gaels.
But they were very nearly made to pay for taking their foot off the gas, as Parnells threatened to overhaul them on the line. David O’Sullivan’s goal gave Parnells hope, and they seized upon it to whittle the gap down to just three points with five minutes remaining.
But Scott fisted over to wake Towers from their slumber, and they were finally found another gear to pull away in the closing minutes and see the game out.
While Towers can now look forward to a semi-final, for Parnells it’s a relegation play-off against Neasden Gaels, but they’ll be able to take heart from the fighting spirit they showed to give Towers a scare.
There was little to choose between the sides in a cagey opening quarter, with the team’s sharing six points evenly between them.
With Fulham Irish’s players’ interested spectators on the sideline, having earlier beaten Neasden to ensure top billing in Group B, Towers rattled over a succession of points through Scott (2) and Sean Hickey to open up a little bit of daylight.
The margin then became a worrying one for Parnells five minutes before the break when Michael Murtagh produced the ball of the game to pick out the run of Scott, and he beat Evan Byrne to see Towers lead by six. Towers’ confidence was visibly growing, illustrated by a lovely move involving Barry Coleman, Hickey and Liam Feerick, for Coleman to point.
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ROUND TOWERS: Michael Maher; Ciaran O’Connor, Darren McKillion; Michael Murtagh, Seamus Dwyer (0-1), Pat Daly, Colin Dunne; Liam Feerick, Paul O’Donoghue (0-1f); Liam Carney (0-1), Tomas Hill (0- 5, 2×45), Sean Hickey (1- 5); Barry Coleman (0-1), Conal Scott (1-3), Billy Manly. Subs: Emmet McKillion for Manly, Conor Daly for Carney, Kelsey Francis for Murtagh.
PARNELLS: Evan Byrne; Jason Maguire, Brian Roody, Joe Fagan; Sean O’Donnell, Steve Devine, Gearoid McGrath (0-1); Martin Carroll (0-1), Jake Moran; Seamus Stenson, Jamie Barry (0-4, 2f), Greg Crowley; Conor Spinks (0- 2, 1×45), Calum Diggins, David O’Sullivan (1-5, 5f). Subs: John Paul Roche for O’Donnell.