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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Great survivors An Tochar come out with all guns blazing

Published 25/09/2013 | 05:44

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THE GREAT survivors An Tochar have done it again. When the trap door beckons that is when the men from Roundwood can always be depended on to find something special.

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They did it again at Blessington on Saturday evening when they hit the ground running, turned in a great first-half performance and had this Senior football championship relegation play-off game all but sewn up before the interval. Goals by Ger Byrne and Joe Gaffney and points by Conor Davis and Brendan Kennedy sent them on their way.Half-time score - An Tochar 2-9, Stratford-Grangecon 0-3.

The Slaneysiders lifted their game in the second-half and outscored the opposition but could never get through for the goals they needed.

Stratford-Grangecon were again hard pressed for numbers after losing up to eight of their strong players this year. They now face a shoot-out against Arklow Geraldines/Ballymoney in a match that will decide who makes the drop to the Intermediate grade next year.

Scorers - An Tochar: Ger Byrne 1-2, Conor Davis 0-4, Brendan Kennedy 0-4, Joe Gaffney 1-0, Stefan Collier 0-1, Liam Kenna 0-1.

Top scorers for Stratford-Grangecon were Jason Bolger, Alan Norton, Mark Caplice and Michael Mangan.

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