Round Tower’s intermediate hurlers missed out on making it three wins from their last three outings last weekend when they lost out to Thomas Davis at Kiltipper Road.
It was a constant throughout the game that Tower’s were chasing a minimum three- point margin.
Davis were quickest into their stride with two points in the opening five minutes, with the opener coming from long range after Tower’s failed to clear their lines.
Tower’s opener arrived on seven minutes when centre half forward Barry Keogh claimed a strong point. Eoin Ryan followed that up with a pointed penalty.
The game’s decisive score arrived after 15 minutes when a long-range effort drifted to the right of Tower’s posts, but a low strike from close range beat keeper Stephen Chapman at the near post.
That major and two frees put Davis in the ascendancy, leaving Tower’s trailing 1-5 to 0-2. However, points from Dublin minor Gary Quinlivan and Eoin McManus put the Monastery Road men back in the mix come half-time.
Tower’s came out fully-blooded at the start of the second half but McDonagh was the only player to prosper when he pointed from 40 metres.
However, Davis responded with a score to restore their advantage, which they would continue to do throughout the half every time Tower’s made any progress.
Tower’s needed a goal to cut the margin and Ryan almost supplied it when a strong run at the Davis defence by Keogh led to a drive being deflected and Ryan almost netted with a one-handed attempt, but Tower’s could only register a point from the attack.
With minutes remaining and a goal required, Tower’s were unlucky to concede another goal when a strike from distance dipped under the bar. Late points gave a gloss to the scoreline for the home side but did not reflect the close nature of the contest, nor Tower’s resolve throughout.