ROUND Towers were worthy winners of the MFL Div. 2 final in the dark at Pairc Tailteann on Thursday night where they played a gallant Walterstown side off the pitch with loads of fluent football.
When you consider that the Round Towers team is comprised of players from three clubs, Drumbaragh, Gaeil Colmcille and Kilmainham, it makes their display all the more impressive.
They looked like a team that had gone through a lot of preparation and selectors Peter O`Higgins, Michael Rennicks, Billy Carry, Gerry Morgan and Tommy Carry certainly deserve a lot of praise for the way the team performed.
They out-everything Walterstown, out-played, out-performed, outstanding. And this was a reasonably good looking Walterstown team, but they lost their discipline in the second-half.
One Walterstown player was fortunate to remain on the pitch after a tackle on Gerard Morgan which required stretcher bearers for assistance from the pitch. Referee Gerry O`Brien had a good game apart from his decision to issue only a yellow card.
Team mentors must instil discipline in young players. Yes, Walterstown were surely disappointed to lose, but they also have some promising players in their ranks with both Richard Ellis and Stephen O`Keeffe two to note for the future.
One first-half Richard Barry point was a poor return for the amount of possession they enjoyed and a tally of six wides could have produced more scores. One of those wides came from Barry`s 25th minute penalty which whizzed well wide of the post.
A goal at that stage could have instilled some belief and ignited a revival.
However, Round Towers were all about fluency although they needed 13 minutes to hit the target. By the interval they were ahead by 0-7 to 0-1 as Shane Reilly and Darragh McNamara (two each), Gary Gannon, Cormac Ferguson and Michael Newman pointed.
McNamara was superb throughout and his electric pace caused serious problems for a beleaguered Walterstown rearguard.
Shortly after the resumption McNamara was unlucky with a rasping shot which thundered off the woodwork.
That effort came after Walterstown`s most productive period which yielded a brace of O`Keeffe points and one from Barry.
Round Towers responded positively to the threat of a mini-revival and Thomas Carry added two quick points along with another effort from Newman before substitute Brendan Murray finished to the net with his first touch.
Adrift by 0-4 to 1-10 with 10 minutes remaining meant there was no way back for Walterstown, but they kept battling and Mark McCormack grabbed a late consolation goal.
The final 15 minutes was played in very poor light despite the fact that Pairc Tailteann now boasts ample floodlights.
Round Towers - G. McGovern; P. Tormay, C. Keegan, B. Tormay; W. Carry, E. Nulty, D. Gogarty; G. Morgan, M. Newman (0-3); S. Reilly (0-2), D. McNamara (0-2), S. Curran; T. Carry (0-4), G. Gannon (0-1), C. Ferguson (0-1). Subs - B. Murray (1-0) for Gannon, P. Clarke for Reilly, C. Forde for Ferguson, S. Morgan for G. Morgan
Walterstown - J. Dowdall; A. Daly, B. McGrane, B. O`Dowd; R. Ellis, S. O`Keeffe (0-2), A. McLoughlin; D. Maguire, D. Burke; M. Reynolds, R. Barry (0-2), M. McCormack (1-0); C. McMahon, C. Reilly, A. Khan. Subs - D. Cummins for Dowdall, P. Bowens for Burke, C. McGuinness for McMahon.
Referee - Gerry O`Brien (Wolfe Tones).