Cityjet SFC Grp A Rnd 2
Tir Chonaill Gaels 3-07
Round Towers 0-04
By Damian Dolan
A superb performance from Liam Gavaghan and the half-time introduction of Mark Gottsche helped Tir Chonaill Gaels consolidate their place at the top of Group A.
Gottsche needed just seconds to make his presence felt, with a storming run which led to Gavaghan slotting over a free, but more importantly set the tone for the Gaels’ second half performance.
Playing into a very strong wind in the first half, Round Towers could feel aggrieved to go in 1-4 to 0-1 down, having looked compact and organised.
They’d retained possession well, playing down the clock, and blunted the Gaels’ attack.
Joe Roberts’ 23rd minute goal gave the Gaels’ something to protect in the second half, but was six points a sufficient lead in the conditions?
The Gaels needed just two second half minutes to answer that question, as Gottsche’s carry set the tone and Kevin Rafferty claimed the home side’s second goal soon after.
Towers were visibly deflated and never recovered, with Gavaghan adding goal number three in the 50th minute to cap an excellent second half display.
The Gaels were lucky to escape when Gavin McEvoy’s kick out only found a Towers shirt, but Sean Hickey could only find the sidenetting.
The strength of the wind was clear when Anthony McDermott took aim from distance. Although wide, the Gaels knew they needed to build a lead. Easier said than done, though.
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TIR CHONAILL GAELS: Gavin McEvoy; Michael McWilliams, Shaun Blake, Geary Geraghty; Liam Gallagher, Adam Austin, Gary Magee, Anthony McDermott, Liam Gavaghan (1-6, 3f); Kevin Rafferty (1-0), Eoin Mageen, Brendan Friel; John McGrath, Killian Butler (0-1), Joe Roberts (1-0). SUBS: Mark Gottsche for Friel, Marty McCoy for Gallagher, Niall Garland for Butler (black card), Patrick O’Connor for Magean, Francis Curran for Roberts, Conor McGrath for John McGrath.
ROUND TOWERS: Michael Maher; Ciaran O’Connor, Darren McKillion, Dominick Gallagher; Seamus O’Dwyer, Patrick Daly, Colin Dunne; Liam Fearick, Paul O’Donoghue (0- 2f); Michael Murtagh, Sean Hickey (0-1), Kenny Rigney; Emmet McKillion, Tomas Hill (0-1), Conall Scott. SUBS: Tomas Hanley for O’Dwyer, Liam Carney for Emmet McKillion, Barry Coleman for Murtagh.