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Tinryland G.F.C. club Notes for August 8th

posted 6 Aug 2017, 12:18 by
By Eamonn Byrne
The championship season is well and truly underway and Tinryland teams were involved in key matches in the past week. The seniors began championship action on Thursday last against Co champions Palatine in a game postponed from the previous Sunday due to the passing of former chairman and club vice president Paddy Regan. The game began with Palatine on the front foot and the champions led by 4 points to one in the opening ten minutes. The key score of the first half was a Pal. goal by Co. player Shane O’Neill but Tinryland managed to stay in contact with excellent points from Matthew O’Toole, Niall Lowry, Padraig Townsend and James McGrath which left only 3 points separating the teams at the interval. Despite early attacks Tinryland fell further behind by the 40th minute before a wonderful goal by Conor O’Toole gave us a lifeline. Palatine then pulled clear again before a late Tinryland rally reduced the margin to 5 points. The seniors are next in action on Sunday next at Netwatch Cullen Park at 7.30 p.m. when Mount Leinster Rangers will provide the opposition. 48 hours after the Michael Lyng Motors senior game Tinryland met Palatine again in the U21 semi-final and if they say a week is a long time in politics 48 hours is surely a long time in gaelic football as the U21 Tinryland lads made up in a big way for their performance 2 days earlier. With both teams fielding a half dozen players who lined out at senior level another keen contest was anticipated by both sets of supporters in the local derby but that notion was truly dispelled well before half time as the men in blue and white were simply supreme in their approach and effort in this game. Tinryland led by 2-6 to 0-3 at the interval with the goals coming from James McGrath from the penalty spot and from mid-fielder Peter Hennessy who had a great game on Saturday. In the second half another Hennessy goal ensured that Tinryland progressed to the U21 final where Rathvilly will provide the opposition. Outstanding for Tinryland on Saturday were John Murphy, Rory Doyle, Cuan Burke, Fionnan Burke, Peter Hennessy, Niall Lowry, Conor O’Toole, James McGrath and Mark Lawlor.

Not to be outdone the ladies from Bennekerry-Tinryland and Palatine also squared up to each other in another local derby on Friday last in the Carlow ladies S.F.C. This time it was Bennekerry-Tinryland the defending champions who easily won to make up for losing their opening game against Old Leighlin 2 weeks previously. The ladies team will now play St. Fortherns in the semi-final as they attempt to win the title for the 3rd successive year.

In the coming week Tinryland will be in action at junior level when the No. 1 team take on Old Leighlin on this Tuesday evening at the Fenagh training centre at 7.30 p.m. in the Talbot Hotel J.F.C. group 1. The No. 2 Junior team are due to play Naomh Eoin in the J.F.C. B Group 1 at the same venue on tomorrow Wednesday at 7.30 p.m.