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Howley the hero as Towers beat Mary's

Cormac Howley produced a towering display when helping Round Tower Lusk eventually get the better of a battling St Mary’s Saggart by 1-14 to 0-10 in their Dublin U16 C’ Football Championship final at Parnell Park on Saturday afternoon.

The midfielder struck nine points over the hour, including four superb points from play as Towers took advantage of the breeze at their backs to pull clear in the second-half.

The North County club were buoyed by an early goal from Adam Murphy but St Mary's bounced back well through points Colin Lawlor and Jack O'Hara.

Howley landed a brace of close-in frees to complement the fine efforts of Aaron Duffy and Jack Hussey as the sides were deadlocked at 1-3 to 0-6 at the interval.

Towers dominated the early stages of the second-half, landing six points in quick succession through Howley (four), Cillian Healy and David Gorman.

To their credit, St Mary's never stopped battling with their defence tightening measures through Austin Kilgallon, Liam Pouch and Michael Russell.

However, points from Lawlor, Shane Flynn, Rian Fitzsimons and O'Hara acted as mere consolation scores as Towers pulled clear in the closing stages.