Tower’s demolish Pat’s to assure playoff place

by Gazette Reporter

ROUND Tower secured their spot in the playoffs after they dealt St Pat’s of Palmerstown a heavy 2-16 to 0-7 defeat in their final game of AFL Division 2 at Monastery Road.
St Pat’s sprang from the traps quickest and went a point ahead straight from the throw in when midfielder Liam Rushe charged forward and put the ball over the Towers’ bar.
Towers missed a couple of opportunities to get on the scoreboard before finally registering their first score through Thomas Galvin.
Eight minutes in and Niall Lanigan scored from the spot after a foot block led to the referee awarding Tower’s a penalty.
A good move from the full-back line, started by a block from Barry Keane, saw the ball in possession of Galvin, who played an intricate pass to Jason Joyce to score Tower’s second point.
Joyce registered again after Lanigan struck from a free, before Pat’s pulled one back through a free of their own.
Ian Ward then broke from the back to set up Mick Hallows for his first of the game, followed quickly by Lanigan cutting inside at pace and laying it off to Micheal Walsh to make it 1-6 to 0-3.
An excellent Lanigan point from distance was followed up with another long-ranger by Galvin to increase Tower’s lead. The resulting kick-out the ball was then won by Trevor Clendenning who provided Joyce with his second point.
Three points in quick succession was completed just before the break when Joyce won another kick out and fed the ball to Lanigan to kick over and leave the score at 1-10 to 0-6 at half-time.
St Pat’s registered the first point of the second half, just like they had done in the first, with a high kick over the bar.
However, it didn’t take long for Towers to get back on the score sheet, Hallows playing a cute ball inside to Clendenning who made no mistake with the shot.
They may have been eight points up at this stage and in control of the game but there was no letting up from Towers and Lanigan kicked a beautiful free from a tight angle on the right before Hallows dinked inside and struck a powerful point from close range.
Pat’s then registered another free, before half-back Keane responded with a strike from the 40.
With the game already all but over, the icing was put on the cake in the 46th minute by Joyce when he knocked in a cross-goal hand pass from Clendenning.
There was still time for Tower’s to tack on two more points through Stephen Bracken and Joyce in a good end to the season and a bit of momentum going into the playoff.

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