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Impressive An Tóchar too good for Kilbride



An Tóchar 3-14 Kilbride 0-4

An Tóchar took the spoils in round one of the Philip Doyle Junior B football championship with a comprehensive win over Kilbride last Thursday evening, in glorious conditions for football, on a newly laid pitch.

On this form An Tóchar will be in the mix at the knockout stages, with a nice blend of youth and experience, as they led from pillar to post. The Roundwood outfit controlled the pace of the game in the stifling heat from the off, against a Kilbride side that struggled to live with their pace.

The game was all bar over at the interval, as An Tochar led 3-8 to no score and had nine different scorers over the 60 odd minutes. Niall Gaffney opened the scoring with a pointed free in the third minute. Tom Kenna fired over another point before the first major of the game arrived, Gavin Staunton played a sublime crossfield ball into David Kavanagh who rifled his shot past Conor O’Toole in the tenth minute.

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An Tochar increased the intensity and their tenacious tackling all over was causing the lakesiders to rush things and make poor decisions. Niall Gaffney rose his second white flag of the evening before a second major duly arrived, again from the boot of David Kavanagh.

Another trio of points were tallied by An Tochar to close out the opening quarter as the score now read 2-6 to nil. Kilbride worked the ball up the field with Denis Carrigan rounding two opponents before laying off to the on running Paul Cruise who took the paint off the wrong side of the upright with their first attack of the game. Another point was added by full-forward Niall Gaffney. In the 18th minute Kilbride should have registered their opening score, Richard Ward made a driving run up the field and fed Callum Ashmore with a sweet pass, Ashmore crashed his effort low against the upright, the rebound fell to Ashmore, his second effort was brilliantly turned out for a 45 by Hugh Kenna with a last-ditch save.

The resultant 45 was dragged wide of the mark and was punished moments later by An Tochar, who registered their eight white flag of the evening. It was to get worse for the hosts in the final minute of the half, Dale Brady was through on goal and a rash tackle by Richard Ward in the square was punished by a yellow card and a penalty. Martin Gaffney made no mistake from the spot-kick, as their third major followed moments before the half-time whistle was sounded.

The hosts started the brighter on the restart, however they could not register a score as three gilt-edged chances went a begging. Full-forward, Conor McNamara crashed a goal chance against the crossbar which was cleared to safety by the Roundwood defence. Niall Gaffney harvested another point from the next attack. The hosts finally got off the mark from a placed ball from the boot of Martin O’Donoghue in the 40th minute.

However, the visitors tagged on four unanswered points on the bounce before making a number of personnel changes, as the game was put to bed. Neil Donohoe curled over from an acute angle for the hosts’ second of the game and in the dying embers another brace of white flags were tallied by Glen Patton and Martin O’Donoghue just before the final whistle was sounded.

Kilbride: Conor O’Toole; Paul Cruise, Niall Keogh, Charlie Clarke; Richard Ward, Martin O’Donoghue (0-2), Conor Dillon; Denis Carrigan, Simon Phibbs; Michael Ruttle, Callum Ashmore, Mark Breen; Neil Donohoe (0-1), Conor McNamara, Shane Kelly. SUBS: Tadgh Reid, Glen Patton (0-1), Donie Carroll, Andy Osborne, Adam Kiernan.

An Tochar: Hugh Kenna; Jack Wolohan, Luke Wrynn, Joseph Gaffney; Lorcan Smith, Liam Gaffney (0-1), Conor Shortt; Martin Gaffney(1-1), William Halligan (0-1); John Tobin, Tom Kenna (0-2), Dale Brady; David Kavanagh (2-0), Niall Gaffney (0-7), Gavin Staunton (0-1). SUBS: Roan Hynes, Séan T. Brady, Piaras Morris, Liam Kenna, Enda Byrne (0-1).

Referee: Pat Dunne (Hollywood).