Round Tower, Lusk celebrate their intermediate final success

Round Tower in Lusk are Dublin intermediate football champions for the first time in their history following their victory in Saturday’s titanic decider at Parnell Park.

Only in the dying moments of extra-time could the Lusk side relax a bit after a pulsating battle between two evenly matched sides.

However, Towers had the match-winner in Dublin Under-20 of this year, Cormac Howley, who gave an exhibition of marksmanship and finished with a tally of 0-12 which included some superb scores.

Howley converted from a variety of ranges and angles from play and dead-ball including three from play off his less favoured left side.

Towers subs also made an impact with Killian Healy kicking two points as well as clinically dispatched a penalty in injury-time of the first-half of extra-time as both sides visiblybegan to tire.

Barrog contributed massively to this tussle and had two fine marksmen of their own in midfielder Paul Tolan and full-forward Richard Timmons.

Indeed, the switch of Josh Connell onto Timmons at the start of the second-half in normal time, with full-forward Stephen Harford – of recent Underdogs’ fame – going to midfield, was a telling factor.

In the opening half, Timmons kicked five points from play and, with Tolan also on target, Barrog led 0-10 to 0-5 after 28th minutes following a point from play by Conor Gibson.

But crucially two quickfire points before the interval from Howley and Jack Hussey to trail 0-10 to 0-7 at the break.

Sub Healy was not long in announcing his presence with a point inside the opening minute of the second-half.

Two Howley points, including a free, brought Lusk level before Tolan with a free nosed Barrog back in front.

Heading into the last two minutes of normal time, a superb Howley point had Lusk on the brink of glory before Tolan forced extra-time with 61st minute free – 0-13 each.

Tolan drew first blood for Barrog in extra-time but typical of this battle Howley levelled it, a minute later he turned provider to set up wing-forward Jack Hussey to make it 0-15 to 0-14 for Towers before they struck for the only goal of the game.

Hussey was fouled inside the penalty area and Healy drove the spot-kick low to the left corner and by the break in extra-time his side were 1-15 to 0-15 to the good.

Points in the second period from Howley, and subs Healy and Kieran Kitterick saw Lusk home.