THAT infamous phrase ‘puke football’ comes readily to mind following this SFC Round clash 2 at St. Conleth’s Park, on Saturday evening with St. Laurence’s getting back on track folowing their opening round defeat by Carbury, to record a four point win over a Round Towers side that had so many men behind the ball one had to nearly count the bodies to ensure they had no more than the required numbers on the field, writes Tommy Callaghan.
MDY Construction Senior Football Championship Round 2
St Laurence’s: 1-7
Round Towers: 0-6
A dire game from start to finish and one that St. Laurence’s will be acutely aware that this type of performance will not be enough if they are to be serious contenders for ultimate honours.
They seemed incapable of breaking down the Towers defence in which Brian Lacey (wearing no. 15) ventured no more 25m from his own goal on more than a few occasions. And to top it off the score that was the difference between the sides had more than a bit of good fortune as a major blunder by Towers keeper handed Dessie Lawler a goal, which the county man duly took with aplomb.
TJ Waters opend for Towers before Shaun Fahey gave an early indication that he could trouble the Kildare town boys defence when turning his man to pop over the equaliser.
Mark Byrne had the boys in stripes back in front before Fahey was fouled and this time Padraig Fogarty made no misake from close range.
Brian Lacey was settling in in his sweeping role and even at this early stage The Larries were sturggling to by-passs the former All Star and current Limerick senior selector.
Neil Scanlon converted a free after 18 minutes to regain the lead but three minutes later the decisive score arroved.
Towers keeper, Paul Waters, attempting to find Lacey with a short kick out, mis-directed his effort and sent the ball to Dessie Lawler who duly said thank you very much and planted the ball into the empty net.
Padraig Fogarty added a point and while DJ Flynn punched a high ball in from Mark Scanlon over for a point it was The Larries who led at the break 1-3 to 0-5.
The second half was dire stuff in the extreme with Larries totally frustrated as they attempted to break down Towers.
Neil Scanlon pointed a free after nine minutes before Brian Lacey punched clear but only to the waiting John Fogarty who popped it over to make it 1-4 to 0-5 after 45 tortuous minutes.
John Fogarty added another, a brilliant free from just inside the sideline to leave three between them and the same player converted another following a foul on Shaun Fahey.
Towers did add to their total with another pointed effort from Neil Scanlon but it was goal hero, Dessie Lawlor who had the fianl say with a point in the 62 minute to leave it St. Laurence’s 1-7 Round Towers 0-6.
Larries will be satisfied to get the win but on this display they have a long way to go to retain the title, while Towers head for a relegation dog fight knowing that unless they show a bit more of attacking flair they will struggle there also.
St. Laurence’s, Dessie Lawlor 1-1, Seán Fahey 0-1, Pádraig Fogarty 0-2 (1 frees), John Fogarty 0-3 (2 frees),
Round Towers, Neil Scanlon 0-3 (2 frees), TJ Waters 0-1, Mark Byrne 0-1, DJ Flynn 0-1,
Shane Connolly; Karl O’Brien, Niall Clinch, Ciaran Roche; Mark Finnegan, Tommy O’Neill, Padraig Kearney; Padraig O’Neill, Richie Ryan; Roger Glynn, JP Byrne, Tomás Doyle; Shaun Fahey, Dessie Lawlor, Pádraig Fogarty. Subs: John Fogarty for Roger Glynn (10 minute).James Fahey for JP Byrne (47 minute)
Paul Waters; Michael Kelly, John Houlihan, Tom Behan; Paul Cornish, Pádraig Golden,Niall Fleming; Mark Scanlon, Ken Whelan; Mark Byrne, Neil Scanlon, TJ Waters; DJ Flynn, Stuart Murphy, Brian Lacey. Subs:Niall Cleary for Mark Byrne (50 minute); Dermot Houlihan for Tom Behan (50 minute);