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Little drama as Bracken and Finn direct Tower's to win

Round Tower Clondalkin got their Dublin Under 21 'C' Football championship campaign off to a winning start as they comfortably overcame Cuala by 5-8 to 1-8 on Monastery Road last Saturday, writes Ronán Mac Lochlainn.

After weeks of inactivity, the hosts delivered an encouraging performance with their ability to secure goals at crucial times ultimately the difference between the teams.

"It was good to get going after all the cancellations," said Towers manager Mark Healy.

"I was very happy with how the lads played and it was nice to secure the win, especially after we lost to Cuala in the AFL2 promotion play-off semi-final a fortnight ago," he added.

Healy was delighted with the contribution of his full-back line with Seán Ó Donnagáin, Podge Fitzsimons and Aaron Whelan typifying their teams' solidity.

The home half-back line was especially influential as dual player Gary Quinlivan, Alex Darby and Shane Boland in exceptional form with the latter adorning an excellent individual display when joining the attack late on to kick two cracking points.

The midfield pairing of Fergus Calally and Michael Cleary showed well throughout, picking up a wealth of ball over the hour that allowed Eric Finn and Stephen Bracken to land two goals apiece for the winners.

Niall Lanigan and David McCarthy also contributed in attack while substitutes Kevin McGivney and Kevin Ryan highlighted the depth of Round Tower with prominent roles upon their introduction.

In Cloghran, James O'Sullivan delivered an outstanding display as Whitehall Colmcille enjoyed a comfortable 4-10 to 0-7 victory over St Mary's Saggart in their one-sided quarter-final.

The wing-forward was hugely instrumental over the hour with Whitehall's two previous games a huge advantage against a St Mary's team that had received byes to arrive at this stage.

Most of the damage was done in the second-half with the hosts pulling clear thanks to goals from Peter Corry, Alan O'Brien, Sean Moran and the influential Eoghan O'Donnell.

Colmcille were also indebted to full-back Stephen Cassidy and wing-back Niall O'Donnell while Cormac Ryan gave a telling performance at centrefield for the winners who had Cormac Costello in sharp form in their full-forward line.

"We were lucky enough to have those games behind us and that was a big help," said Whitehall co-manager Noal Ellis.

The remaining fixture saw St Finian's Swords progress to the next round as their scheduled opponents Lucan Sarsfields were unable to field on the day.