By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland Junior A team are in contention for a semi-final place in division 4 at the half way stage following this impressive victory over Old Leighlin at Rathcrogue on Thursday 23rd April.
Tinryland got off to the perfect start and were 7 points up in the opening 10 minutes following goals from Dean Farrell and Paul Doyle and a point from Padraig Whelan. Old Leighlin opened their account with quick points from Paddy Deevy and Declan Gough before Tinryland consolidated their advantage with points from Paul Doyle and Garry Fields coming up to the 20th minute. A Paddy Deevy point in the 24th minute was matched 2 minutes later by a great Padraig Whelan point. Old Leighlin then enjoyed a spell of supremecy scoring 3 unanswered points from Declan Gough (2) and Deevy before Dean Farrell crashed the ball to the Old Leighlin net after a great pass from John White. Half time score Tinryland 3-5 Old Leighlin 0-7.
When Bagenalstown referee David Hughes re-started proceedings Old Leighlin quickly set about reducing the gap and Paddy Deevy showed his free taking skills by slotting over 2 points in the 31st and 36th minutes. At the other end Garry Fields scored a wonderful point for the home side to leave the scoreboard reading 3-6 to 0-9 in Tinryland’s favour with 20 minutes remaining. Old Leighlin never gave up though and points from wing forwards Barry Hayes and Declan Gough reduced the margin to 4 points before a brilliantly worked goal from Tinryland sub Killian Maher following a pass from Padraig Whelan extended the advantage back out to 7 points. Points from Garry Fields following good play by Owan O’Gorman and Dean Farrell and by Padraig Whelan kept the Tinryland fans sweet but Old Leighlin just would not lie down scoring further points via midfielder Peter Brophy and Deevy from a free. Padraig Whelan then converted a ’45 for Tinryland as minor player Rory Doyle entered the fray for the men in blue and white. The closing stages saw Tinryland make further substitutions with Barry Power, Cathal Whelan and Bradleigh Nolan all being introduced. On the scoreboard Tinryland added points via Padraig Whelan and Garry Fields before sharpshooter Deevy slotted over 2 consolation points for the Old Leighlin men. Final score Tinryland 4-11 Old Leighlin 0-15.
Tinryland who play Mount Leinster away in their next game on Thursday 30th April were best served by goalkeeper David Townsend, together with Owan O’Gorman, Cian Lawlor, Gregg Murphy, Padraig Whelan, Dean Farrell and Garry Fields.
Team: David Townsend, Eddie Dowling, Alan Kirwan, Owan O’Gorman, Garry Scully, Padraig Delaney, Cian Lawlor, Gregg Murphy, Sean Kirwan, Padraig Whelan 0-5, John Whyte, Dean Farrell 2-0, Garry Fields 0-4, Paul Doyle 1-1, Eoin Fields. Subs Killian Maher 1-0, Rory Doyle, Cathal Whelan, Bradleigh Nolan.Man of the match Gregg Murphy
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland Junior B team made it 2 wins from 4 matches in the S.F.L. division 5 when getting the better of Palatine in a lively tie in Rathcrogue on Wednesday 22nd April.
Tinryland started well and were 4 points up within 6 minutes of the throw in when Alan (Benson) Byrne goaled and Conall O’Se followed up with a point. Pal. replied with points from Conor Reynolds and Karl Rennick before Tinryland’s 2nd goal arrived courtesy of Eoin Fields after a pass from Garry Scully. Palatine then enjoyed their best spell scoring 3 unanswered points from Mark Brennan, Darragh Fitzpatrick and Conor Reynolds. It could have been better for the Cnoc Arda men at this stage when they were awarded a penalty but Mark Brennan’s conversion was well wide of Colm Nolan’s net. Taking heart from this miss Tinryland full back John Murphy slotted over a point before Cian Fitzpatrick for Palatine and Eoin Fields for Tinryland traded points to leave the half time score Tinryland 2-3 palatine 0-6.
When play re-commenced Mick Delaney slotted over a point for Tinryland which was matched by a successful free for Palatine scored by Cian Fitzpatrick. 3 minutes later Mick Delaney raised another white flag after good work by Gary Scully and Alan Kirwan. With Mick Moore now introduced into the fray and getting on plenty of ball Tinryland responded well to the Pal. challenge scoring 3 points in a 3 minute spell via John Murphy and Conall O’Se (2). Palatine stayed in touch with a Conor Reynolds point but daylight was then put between the sides when Conall O’Se got Tinryland’s 3rd goal following great work by man of the match Sean Kirwan and Mick Delaney.
The closing stages saw Palatine sub. Conor Fennell score his team’s final point before John Murphy closed the Tinryland account with a point on the stroke of full time.
Best for Tinryland were goalie Colm Nolan, defenders John Murphy, Sean Kirwan, and Adam Mullen. At midfield Alan Kirwan and Barry Power did well while up front Eoin Fields, Killian Maher, Conall O’Se,Mick Delaney and sub Mick Moore shone.
Team: Colm Nolan, Adam Nolan, John Murphy 0-3, Sean Kirwan, Gary Scully, Adam Mullen, Cathal Whelan, Barry Power, Alan Kirwan, Eoin Fields 1-1, Killian Maher, Conall O’Se 1-3, Mick Delaney 0-2, Alan Byrne 1-0, Darragh Townsend. Sub Mick Moore.
Man Of the match Sean Kirwan
By Eamonn Byrne
Carlow S.F. champions Rathvilly proved to be too strong for a disappointing Tinryland in the 4th round of the Carlow S.F.L. division 1 played in Rathcrogue on Sunday 19th April.
Very little went right for the home side in this game with the boys in blue and white playing their best football in the opening half. Rathvilly got off to a great start with a point from their best forward Garry Dempsey in the 3rd minute and it got even better for the Wicklow border side sixty seconds later when centre forward Danny Molloy crashed the ball past Trevor O’Reilly in the Tinryland goal. In fairness to Tinryland they were competitive at this stage and Matthew O’Toole opened the scoring in the 6th minute with a point following good play by Padraig Townsend and Richard Whyte. Whyte then had a clear cut goal chance moments later but the ball rebounded before Diarmaid Walshe doubled the Tinryland tally with a well taken point. Rathvilly who were dominating around the middle at this stage quickly tagged on 3 unanswered points from mid-fielder Brian Murphy (2) and full forward Alan Kelly before Diarmaid Walshe pulled two back for the home team following good work by Mark Lawlor and Conor O’Toole.The game was still competitive at this stage and Brendan Murphys long range point for Rathvilly was matched by a 40 metre free from Glen Doyle for a foul on himself. Another Brendan Murphy point in the 17th minute was followed by a great point from Richard Whyte to leave the scoreboard reading 1-6 to 0-6 in Rathvilly’s favour.
Rathvilly then extended the lead with a Garry Dempsey special in the 19th minute as Tinryland kicked two successive wides. The closing act of the opening half was a Glen Doyle point from a free as Richard Whyte logged up Tinryland’s 7th wide of the half. Half time score Rathvilly 1-7 Tinryland 0-7.
When referee John Hickey restarted proceedings Rathvilly were quickly off the mark scoring points in the 32nd and 34th minutes via Garry Dempsey after a foul on Brian Smith and from full forward Alan Kelly. Andrew Hanley then replaced Cathal O’Toole for Tinryland as Co. player Kelly raised another white flag for the Conlon cup holders. Evan Doyle and minor player Niall Lowry were then introduced into the fray for Richard Whyte and Cian Lawlor but it was that man Dempsey again that extended the Rathvilly lead with another great point to put 7 points separating the sides at the three quarter stage. The game was then finished as a contest when Rathvilly sub Dermot Cronin found the Tinryland net with 13 minutes remaining before Cormac Walshe pulled a point back for Tinryland. Another Cormac Walshe point in the 50th minute was followed by Rathvilly’s 3rd goal from Conor Owens as Adam Dunne enter the match for Tinryland replacing Matthew O’Toole. Despite their large advantage Rathvilly never took their foot off the pedal and Garry Dempsey capped a man of the match performance by scoring their 4th goal with 7 minutes remaining. The game ended with a consolation point from Cormac Walshe following a pass from Andrew Hanley to leave the final score Rathvilly 4-11 Tinryland 0-10. Tinryland seniors will be back in action on Sunday 26th April away to Mount Leinster Rangers at 7 p.m. in Borris.
Team: Trevor O’Reilly, Shane Webb, John Paul Moore, Conor O’Toole, Danny Moran, Mark Dempsey, Cian Lawlor, Glen Doyle 0-2, Cormac Walshe 0-3, Matthew O’Toole 0-1, Padraig Townsend, mark Lawlor, Diarmaid Walshe 0-3, Richard Whyte 0-1, Cathal O’Toole. Subs Andrew Hanley, Niall Lowry, Evan Doyle, Adam Dunne.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland minor footballers made it 3 wins from 3 matches played when they accounted for old rivals Eire Og in a competitive M.F.L. division 1 game in Rathcrogue on Saturday 18th April. Eire Og opened the scoring within sixty seconds when corner forward Mattie Brennan slotted over a point before Tinryland corner forward Conall Dunne levelled matters 2 minutes later following excellent play by Niall Lowry, Rory Doyle and Killian Maher. The home team added two further points in the 6th and 7th minutes via Conall Dunne after good play by Conor McGrath and Dean Dunne and by Niall Lowry who converted a free won by midfielder Peter Hennessy. Tinryland were then rocked back to reality when Eire Og wing forward Craig Snoddy rattled the Tinryland net and a point from a free by Dylan Salter left the Teach Asca boys 2 points clear by the 10th minute. Tinryland then settled down to take the game to Eire Og and were rewarded by 3 successive sweetly struck conversions from Niall Lowry to edge us back in front 5 minutes before half time. Eire Og responded positively and it took a great save by Tinryland goalie Ciaran Byrne to keep the lead intact before Dylan Salter levelled matters once again with a successful free in the 26th minute. On the stroke of half time Conall Dunne who was excellent throughout put Tinryland back in the lead with another great point following a pass from Niall Lowry. Half time score Tinryland 0-7 Eire Og 1-3. When referee Seamie Doyle restarted play Keelan Gaffney was introduced for Adam Mullen and the substitute was involved immediately when himself, Rory Doyle and Conall Dunne transferred the ball to Dean Dunne who crashed it to the Eire Og net to extend the Tinryland lead to 4 points. Eire Og’s response was swift however and after Eire Og had narrowly missed a goal the ball was despatched to the Tinryland net moments later when wing forward Evan Dudley took advantage of a mix up in the Tinryland defence to raise a green flag and leave the minimum separating the teams. This shock seemed to spur on the home side and a Peter Hennessy point following great play by Keelan Gaffney, Niall Lowry, Rory Doyle and Conor Mcgrath was followed by a Conall Dunne point. Ciaran Larkin then stretched the lead to 4 points in the 38th minute following good play by Killian Maher and Cathal Gaffney while Gaffney himself got in on the scoring act in the 39th minute following more good play by Niall Lowry. Peter Hennessy then won a free for Tinryland which was duly converted By Niall before Dylan Salter made it a good night for free takers when he converted an Eire Og free mid-way through the 2nd half. Another Tinryland point from Niall Lowry following a pass from Conall Dunne was followed by a Dunne point following a transfer from Lowry and with 13 minutes remaining Tinryland now led by 1-14 to 2-4. Michael Dobosz then entered the fray for Tinryland as Dylan Salter converted another free for the town team. Seamus Curran was also introduced at this stage as Salter chipped away at the Tinryland lead scoring 3 successive free’s in a 3 minute spell to leave only 3 points separating the sides with 3 minutes left on the clock. With the Tinryland supporters looking a little anxious as time ticked away the icing was put on the cake with a brilliant goal from sub Keelan Gaffney who capped a fine performance when he won possession and ran 20 metres before blasting the ball to the Eire Og net. This was the last significant play in an entertaining game that saw Tinryland run out winners on a scoreline of 2-14 to 2-8.
Tinryland had excellent performers in goalkeeper Ciaran Byrne together with defenders John Murphy, Cathal Gaffney and Rory Doyle. Midfielders Niall Lowry and Peter hennessy won plenty of possession and were ably assisted by a hard working forward sextet that saw Conall Dunne, Conor McGrath and Killian Maher stand out.
Team: Ciaran Byrne, Bradleigh Nolan, John Murphy, Dylan Reamsbottom, Conor Ryan, Cathal Gaffney 0-1, Rory Doyle, Niall Lowry 0-6, Peter Hennessy 0-1, Ciaran Larkin 0-1, Adam Mullen, Conor McGrath, Dean Dunne 1-0, Killian Maher, Conall Dunne 0-5. Subs Keelan Gaffney 1-0, Michael Dobosz, Seamus Curran.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland Junior A team lost out by the minimum margin to the home side in an entertaining Division 4 match at Pairc Ui Bhrian on Thursday 16th April. When Tinryland mentors analyse this game it will be plain to see that the points were lost in the first half when the home side scored 2-7 with Tinryland only managing 6 points and failing to score for a full 15 minutes in the half. With the appointed referee failing to show it took almost an hour before this game began with Enda Hulton taking up duties instead of the appointed referee.
Padraig Whelan opened the Tinryland account in the opening minute but it was Eire Og that made the running for the remainder of the game scoring goals via Andy Byrne and Adam Murphy in the 4th and 19th minutes. Padraig Whelan who was Tinryland’s best player on the night and who finished with a personal tally of 3-6 tagged on 3 points in the opening 30 minutes while the other first half scorers for the men in blue and white were Alan Kirwan, Garry Fields and Padraig Townsend. Half time score Eire Og 2-7 Tinryland 0-6.
Tinryland began the second half in much more positive mode and a quartet of points from Garry Fields, David Townsend, and Padraig Whelan (2) reduced the Eire Og lead to 4 points with 20 minutes remaining. The home side then re-grouped adding on a goal and a point before Padraig Whelan bagged Tinryland’s first goal in the 49th minute to leave the scoreboard reading 3-9 to 1-11 with 10 minutes remaining. Eire Og then responded with their 3rd goal before a tremendous Tinryland finish saw Padraig Whelan completing his hat trick of goals to leave the final score Eire Og 3-12 Tinryland 3-11. The Junior A team are back in action on Thursday next 23rd April with a home fixture against Old Leighlin at 7 p.m.
Team: Paul Doyle, Eddie Dowling, Peter Doran, Jack Lowry 0-1, Gary Scully, Padraig Townsend 0-1, Owen O’Gorman, Gregg Murphy, Alan Kirwan 0-1, Eoin Fields, John Whyte, Padraig Whelan 3-6, Garry Fields 0-1, David Townsend 0-1, Conall O’Se. Subs Killian Maher, Cathal Whelan.
Tinryland man of the match Padraig Whelan
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland Minor footballers travelled to Hogan Park Fenagh on Tuesday 14th April and wrapped up the league points with the minimum of difficulty. The boys in blue and white hoops led by 2-6 to nil mid- way through the opening half when playing with the strong breeze. Goals from Dean Dunne following good work by his namesake Conall in the 4th minute and by Adam Mullen in the 12th minute gave the winners a strong base and a further Mullen major 3 minutes before the break together with 9 points scored by 6 different players including the above mentioned plus Peter Hennessy, Cathal Gaffney, Killian Maher and Rory Doyle left the scoreboard reading 3-9 to 1-2 in Tinryland’s favour at the break.
When referee John Thompson restarted proceedings Conor McGrath and Bradleigh Nolan were introduced into the fray. Within 2 minutes Dean Dunne had the ball in the Fenagh net once again and a litany of points from Adam Mullen, Conall Dunne, Peter Hennessy, Cathal Gaffney, Killian Maher and Conor McGrath turned this game into a procession long before the referee sounded the long whistle. Fenagh did add on two further points in the second half via Dylan Bradley and Liam Nolan. Outstanding for Tinryland who play Eire Og on Saturday next 18th April in Rathcrogue at 7 p.m. were defenders Conor Ryan, John Murphy, Cathal Gaffney and Rory Doyle together with midfielder Peter Hennessy and forwards Dean Dunne, Conall Dunne, Adam Mullen and Killian Maher. Final score Tinryland 5-17 Fenagh 1-4
Team: Ciaran Larkin, Dylan Reamsbottom, John Murphy, Conor Ryan, Seamus Curran, Cathal Gaffney 0-2, Rory Doyle 0-1, Fionnan Burke, Peter Hennessy 0-4, Michael Dobosz, Adam Mullen 2-1, Conall Dunne 0-3, Dean Dunne 3-3, Killian Maher 0-2, Conor McGrath 0-1, Bradleigh Nolan.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland senior footballers lost out to Old Leighlin by four points in the S.F.L. Division 1 at Molaise Park in Old Leighlin on Sunday 12th April. In a low scoring first half Tinryland more than matched the home side leading by 3 points after 25 minutes. It took Tinryland 12 minutes to get on the scoreboard when Matthew O’Toole slotted over a point following good play by Keith Jackson and Danny Moran. Old Leighlin had taken the lead in the 2nd minute when Willie Minchin raised a white flag. With both defences on top at this stage scores were at a premium but a brilliant Glen Doyle ’45 edged the men in blue and black ahead in the 16th minute before further points from Diarmaid Walshe (free) and Keith Jackson extended the lead out to 3 points by the 25th minute. Old Leighlin then reduced the gap to the minimum with points from Barry Hayes and Pat Hickey before referee Brian Deering sounded the half time whistle. Half time score Tinryland 0-4 Old Leighlin 0-3.
When play resumed Cathal O’Toole was introduced for his brother Matthew and Glen Doyle repeated his ’45 of the first half with another sweetly struck conversion. Back came Old Leighlin and Cathal Coghlan scored a point after strong pressure from the home side who were beginning to up the gears. Cathal O’Toole then won a free for Tinryland which was duly converted by Cormac Walshe before Pat Hickey raised a white flag at the other end to leave the minimum separating the sides once again. The tide then turned in Old Leighlin’s favour in the 41st minute when full forward Seamus Kinsella burst through to smash the ball to Trevor O’Reilly’s net. Tinryland responded positively to this score with an excellent point from first half sub Padraig Townsend. 60 seconds later however the ball was back in the Tinryland net when centre forward Pat Hickey raised a green flag to put 4 points between the sides. At this stage Jack Lowry replaced Mark Dempsey who was struggling with a leg injury. Old Leighlin moved 5 points clear in the 45th minute with another Mark Brennan point which was followed by a brilliant Pat Hickey point to leave 6 points separating the teams with 8 minutes remaining. Cormac Walshe then picked up an injury to be replaced by Evan Doyle as Keith Jackson for Tinryland and Michael Meaney for Old Leighlin traded points. Tinryland then enjoyed a mini revival and in a 3 minute spell slotted over 3 points via Diarmaid Walshe (2) and Cathal O’Toole to leave 3 separating the teams entering stoppage time. Old Leighlin had the final say however with a good point from Michael Meaney to leave the final score at 2-9 for Old Leighlin and 0-11 for Tinryland.
The senior team will play Co. champions Rathvilly in the league on Sunday next 19th April at 7 p.m.
Team: Trevor O’Reilly, John Paul Moore, Shane Redmond, Conor O’Toole, Danny Moran, Mark Dempsey, Cian Lawlor, Glen Doyle 0-2, Cormac Walshe 0-1, Richie Whyte, Cian Moore, Matthew O’Toole 0-1, Diarmaid Walshe 0-3, Mark Lawlor, Keith Jackson 0-2. Subs Padraig Townsend 0-1, Cathal O’Toole 0-1, Jack Lowry, Evan Doyle.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland Junior A team defeated Naomh Eoin in a competitive S.F.L. Division 4 tie in Rathcrogue on Thursday 9th April. Despite missing two penalties the boys in blue and white were well worth their six point win in the end after being down 5 points mid- way through the first half.
Garry Fields opened the scoring for Tinryland within 20 seconds of the throw in but 3 quick points from Trevor Minchin, Donal Smithers and Michael Treacy edged the men from Myshall two points clear by the 6th minute. Garry Fields then pulled a point back for Tinryland before the same player missed a penalty awarded for a foul on Padraig Whelan. Naomh Eoin then responded to this let off by quickly scoring a goal via full forward Michael Treacy before Dean Farrell scored a magnificent point for Tinryland after good work by Jack Lowry and Owen O’Gorman. Shane O’Neill who was having a good game then won a free and Padraig Whelan duly converted to leave three points separating the sides with 20 minutes played. Another wonderful score this time from Garry Fields after good work from O’Gorman, Gregg Murphy and Whelan narrowed the gap further. Tinryland were now at last finding their stride and two quick points from jack Lowry after more good play from Murphy and Alan Kirwan levelled matters with 8 minutes remaining in the opening half.
At this stage Dean Farrell picked up a leg injury and he was replaced by Kevin Barrett. Myshall edged ahead once again when Michael Treacy pointed but Tinryland once more responded in positive fashion when a great passing movement that started with goalkeeper david Townsend and involving corner back Eddie Dowling saw the ball despatched to jack Lowry who once again slotted over the equaliser to tie matters at half time 0-8 to 1-5.
The second half began without a score from either side until the deadlock was broken in the 40th minute when Donal Smithers converted a free for the naomh Eoin men but matters were all square at the three quarter stage when Padraig Whelan converted a ’45. Great work by Conor O’Toole saw another free being awarded to Tinryland and quick thinking by Shane O’Neill saw the ball transferred to Whelan once again and the Tinryland centre forward edged his team ahead with 13 minutes left. Dwane Kavanagh responded for the Myshall men with 11 minutes remaining as Eoin Fields replaced owen O’Gorman for Tinryland. The sub was barely on the field two minutes when he despatched the ball to the Myshall net following superb play by Garry Fields and Padraig Whelan. Donal Smithers then converted another free for Naomh Eoin but it was all Tinryland now and a super point from Conall O’Se was followed by a wonderful goal from the same player after more good work from Eoin and Garry Fields. Tinryland then withstood a final Naomh Eoin onslaught to run out winners on a final scoreline of 2-11 to 1-8. The Junior A team will be back in action on Thursday next 16th April with an away fixture with Eire Og in Pairc Ui Bhrian at 7 p.m.
Tinryland: David Townsend, Eddie Dowling, Mark Lawlor, Adam Dunne, Conor O’Toole, Padraig Delaney, Jack Lowry 0-3, Gregg Murphy, Alan Kirwan, Owen O’Gorman, Padraig Whelan 0-3, Dean Farrell 0-1, Garry Fields 0-3, Shane O’Neill, Conall O’Se 1-1. Subs Kevin Barrett, Eoin Fields 1-0.
Man of the match Shane O’Neill
By John McCullough and Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland Junior B team travelled to Molaise Park in Old Leighlin on Wednesday last 8th April and hovered up the division 5 league points in emphatic style against a disappointing home side.
The pattern of this game took shape in the opening quarter when Tinryland raced into a 7 point lead with the Old Leighlin men failing to score at all in the first half. A pair of points from midfielder Andrew Hanley set the tone for the evening and when Mick Delaney, Conall O’Se, Delaney again and Alan “Benson” Byrne all scored before the 20th minute Tinryland led by 0-7 to 0-0 with 20 minutes gone. With the defence marshalled by the Kirwan brothers Sean and Alan together with Niall Fitzpatrick, Sean Delaney, Adam Mullen, Gary Scully and Eoin Fields, Tinryland goalie Mick Moore had a peaceful evening and by the half way stage the dominance of midfielders Barry Power and Andrew Hanley had ensured that the forwards received enough supply to add on a further 5 points via Hanley, Brian Mullen, Hanley again, sub Rory Doyle and Adam Mullen. Half Time score Tinryland 0-12 Old Leighlin 0-0
The second half followed a similar pattern and when Rory Doyle found the net in the 36th minute the game was out of sight. Further points were added on by Andrew Hanley and Conall O’Se (2) before Old Leighlin opened their account in the 43rd minute. The game had then petered out by this stage but Tinryland added on a further two points from Cathal Whelan and Conall O’Se before the referee brought proceedings to an end. Tinryland Junior B team will be back in action on Wednesday next 15th April with a home fixture against Palatine at 7 p.m. Final score Tinryland 1-17 Old Leighlin 0-1.
Team: Mick Moore, Sean Kirwan, Alan Kirwan, Niall Fitzpatrick, Sean Delaney, Adam Mullen 0-1, Eoin Fields, Barry Power, Andrew Hanley 0-5, Brian Mullen 0-1, Garry Scully, Conall O’Se 0-4, Cathal Whelan 0-1, Alan Byrne 0-1, Mick Delaney 0-3, Rory Doyle 1-1.
Man Of the match Andrew Hanley
By Eamonn Byrme
Tinryland senior footballers lost out by the minimum margin in the S.F.L. division 1 to newly promoted Ballinabranna at Rathcrogue on Sunday evening. Despite opening the scoring within 15 seconds of the throw in with a Diarmaid Walshe point it was Ballinabranna who made the early running scoring 4 unanswered points between the 4th minute and the 14th minute. Points from Jimmy Cahill, Darren Lunney (2), and Graham Amond showed that last year’s Intermediate champions were not down for the scenery. Tinryland gradually worked their way back in to the game and the home team enjoyed their best spell scoring 5 points between the 15th and 30th minutes via Diarmaid Walshe (2), Glen Doyle, Keith Jackson following good work by the Lawlor brothers Cian and Mark with the latter player getting on the scoresheet himself seconds later. It could have been even better in this period but Diarmaid Walshe was narrowly wide with a gilt edged goal chance. In fairness Ballinabranna had goal chances also and within seconds of Diarmaid Walshe’s miss Jimmy Cahill was inches wide at the other end. Ballinabranna then scored late first half points via Darren Lunney and Jimmy Cahill before Cian Lawlor rattled the Ballinabranna net on the stroke of half time following a great pass from Diarmaid Walshe to leave the interval score Tinryland 1-6 Ballinabranna 0-6.
When referee Pat Kehoe restarted play Diarmaid Walshe was once again quick off the mark scoring a point within 45 seconds which stretched the Tinryland lead to 4 points. Ballinabranna replied with a Jimmy Cahill point before Diarmaid Walshe scored another for Tinryland as Ballinabranna player Tommy Jackson received a black card. Ballinabranna then settled down to enjoy their best spell of the match and points from Lunney, and Cahill were followed by a cracking Paddy Dunne goal which regained the lead for the men from the Laois-Kilkenny border. It got even better for Ballinabranna at this stage when the excellent Jimmy Cahill pointed but Tinryland did not lie down and a great Richard Whyte goal following an excellent passing movement involving Conor Byrne, Cormac Walshe and Padraig Whelan regained the lead for the home side. It was Ballinabranna however who once again got back on level terms before Diarmaid Walshe edged Tinryland in front once again approaching the end of normal time. Referee Pat Kehoe then added on 5 minutes due to stoppages and Ballinabranna showed their fitness to level matters once again with a point from Ceilum Darcy before the Peter McConnon trained outfit snatched all the points with the last kick of the game when Jimmy Cahill convereted a free for a foul by a Tinryland defender. Tinryland conceded 15 frees in this game and were punished by the accuracy of the Ballinabranna free takers. In the first half Tinryland kicked six wides also with a number of more wides in the second half at crucial times. The next league game will take place against Old Leighlin away on Sunday next 12th April. Final score Ballinabranna 1-13 Tinryland 2-9
Team: Trevor O’Reilly, Conor O’Toole, John Paul Moore, Matthew O’Toole, Shane Webb, Mark Dempsey, Cian Lawlor 1-0, Cian Moore, Keith Jackson 0-1, Cormac Walshe, Richard Whyte 1-0, Glen Doyle 0-1, Diarmaid Walshe 0-6, Evan Doyle, Mark Lawlor 0-1. Subs Danny Moran, Conor Byrne, Padraig Whelan. Jack Lowry.