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Tower's too strong for Trinity boys

Round Tower Lusk concluded a wonderful league campaign as they accounted for Trinity Gaels by 3-6 to 1-1 in their Dublin Under 15 Hurling League Division 4 final in Lusk last Sunday morning.

The hosts led from start to finish with Darragh Tiernan setting them on their way with a goal and a point in the first 10 minutes, followed by two points by Jonathon Niall.

Séamus McGuinness increased that advantage as the half evolved and the margin was extended to 10 points by the interval when Niall netted from a close-in free as the visitors struggled to make an impression on the scoreboard.

The Donaghmede outfit continued to battle after the break with goalkeeper Ciarán O'Sullivan in fine form while Conor Kelly and Ryan O'Donnell were others to impress in a defensive capacity for Trinity.

However, despite the concerted efforts of the excellent Jamie Bishop in midfield and the tireless probing of Cian Deane and Alex Ingle in attack, the visitors fell further behind as Darragh Kelly added a third goal for Towers.


Niall and Luke White added points to increase the Lusk side's control with their centre-back Luke White producing an exceptional individual display.

Unfortunately, the physical nature of the challenges grew excessively reckless in the closing stages but the hosts saw out the game comfortably with Shane Murphy, Donal Clarke, Kiernan and Rian Moore all making massive contributions for the winners.

"We are the oldest hurling team in the club so it was lovely for us to win today," said Round Tower manager Richard Kelly.

"We won the U13 league two years ago and it is a great boost for the lads as we try to keep as many players as possible committed to hurling.

"We were top of the group after an unbeaten run all year so it was fitting that we managed to maintain that run in the final," said Kelly.

"We can have no excuses as the better team won on the day," said Trinity Gaels manager Alan O'Sullivan.

Round Tower Lusk: R O'Brien, N Grimes, C Hanlon, S Murphy, R Moore Fogarty, L White, D Cody Foy, D Clarke, J Niall, F Moore Fogarty, J Hussey, L Codd, D Kelly, S McGuinness, D Kiernan, D Grimes, S Naughton.

Trinity Gaels: C O'Sullivan, R O'Donnell, C Kelly, E Mullen, D O'Gorman, C Power, C McAbainn, J Loftus, J Bishop, J McKenna, G O'Reilly, J Behan, D Kane, D Byrne, A Ingle, D Foy, J Kamptoh, R Kelly, P Bridgeman, A Behan.