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Tinryland-Bennekerry Ladies retain their Carlow S.F.C. Title in thrilling encounter

posted 17 Aug 2016, 06:46 by

By Eamonn Byrne

Tinryland-Bennekerry ladies despite the eventual winning margin had to battle throughout to retain their Carlow S.F.C. title after a thrilling game of eleven goals at Netwatch Cullen Park on Sunday 14th August. This game had just about everything that is good about ladies gaelic football with near misses, penalties, and most importantly for the winners 7 of the eleven goals scored. Centre forward Roisin Byrne opened the Tinryland account in the 2nd minute with a cracking goal and following two points from Niamh Kelly the south Carlow team opened their account with points from wing forward Aoibhin Byrne. Stephanie Dunne who finished with a personal tally of 3-1 scored Tinryland-Bennekery’s 2nd goal before further goals from Aoibhin Webb left the winners leading by 5 points when referee Pat Kehoe sounded the half time whistle. Co. senior camogie stars Eleanor Tracey kept St Fortcherns in touch with a goal out of the top drawer in the 18th minute and her fellow camogie colleague Theresa Meaney rattled the Tinryland –Bennekerry net 6 minutes before the break. Half time score Tinryland-Bennekerry 4-4 St Fortcherns 2-5.

When the 2nd half began St Fortcherns attacked from the throw in and were awarded a penalty within 20 seconds. Sharpshooter Aoibhin Byrne had the misfortune to see her rasping penalty rebound off the upright and the Tinryland-Bennekerry goal which had enjoyed a charmed existence at times in the opening half survived again 8 minutes later when Theresa Meaney took over the penalty taking but saw her shot go wide of Shannen Cotters goal. Tinryland-Bennekerry responded with a goal by Lauren Dwyer who had been introduced into the fray at half time. Rebecca Doran had scored St Fortcherns 3rd goal and Eleanor Treacy got their 4th in the 47th minute to narrow the margin to 5 points once again. St Fortcherns attacked in waves to narrow the margin with points from Aoibhin Byrne but the siege was lifted by two brilliantly worked goals from  the lethal Stephanie Dunne to rattled two more goals past Anna Cummins which flattered the winning margin to some extent. Tinryland-Bennekerry had excellent players in goalie Shannen Cotter, and defenders Elaine Ware, Ruth Bermingham and Deirdre Tomlinson who battled hard throughout. At Mid Field Cliodhna Ni She worked hard while up front Stephanie Dunne, Roisin Byrne, Aoibhin Webb, Leah Mullins and sub Lauren Dwyer stood out. Final score Tinryland-Bennekerry 7-11 St. Fortcherns 4-6.

Tinryland-Bennekerry captain Deirdre Tomlinson was then presented with the Brady catering cup on the steps of the Lennon stand and the team will now prepare for the leinster J.F.C. against laois opposition in September.

Team: Shannen Cotter, Jane Bullen, Elaine Ware 0-1, Andrea Jeaney, Ruth Bermingham, Deirdre Tomlinson captain, Audrey Murphy, Cliodhna Ni She 0-4, Emma O’Regan, Leah Mullins, Roisin Byrne 1-0, Stephanie Dunne 3-1, Niamh Kelly 0-2, Aoibhin Webb 2-0, Alex McNeill. Subs: Amanda Kinsella, Ciara Nolan, Lauren Dwyer 1-1, Amy Doyle, Grace Lawler.