By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland Senior footballers got back to winning ways in the senior football league with a comfortable six point win over Mount Leinster Rangers at Rathcrogue on Monday 25th April.
With a youthful team comprising 9 of last year’s U21 championship winning side the home team were swiftest out of the blocks scoring a point within 30 seconds of the throw in by Glen Doyle after good inter play involving Diarmaid Walshe, Niall Lowry and Cormac Walshe. A superb Diarmaid Walshe point 2 minutes later was the result of a great tackle by John Murphy who was making his senior debut in this game. Tinryland were then dealt a major blow when corner forward Ciaran Larkin picked up a serious looking knee injury and after a long delay he left the field on a stretcher. Padraic Whelan replaced Ciaran but it was Tinryland who increased the advantage with another Diarmaid Walshe beauty after great play by Glen Doyle and Cathal Gaffney. Rangers who were playing a possession game at this stage against the strong wind got on the scoresheet in the 11th minute when wing forward Jack Murphy raised a white flag and despite owning the ball at times it was Tinryland that increased their lead with another Diarmaid Walshe point in the 17th minute. Rangers then enjoyed a productive period scoring 3 points in a 9 minute spell via Eddie Byrne, Paul Coady and Ted Joyce with Diarmaid Walshe closing the 1st half account with a brilliantly struck free. Rangers then lost their centre back Brian Nolan to a hamstring injury and he was replaced by Seamus Kelly.
Half time score Tinryland 0-5 Mount Leinster Rangers 0-4.
The second half began with John Paul Moore replacing Mark Dempsey (toe injury) in the Tinryland defence and within one minute the sides were tied at 5 points apiece when Jack Murphy successfully converted a free. Tinryland regained the advantage in the 33rd minute when wing back Cathal Gaffney advanced forward to slot over a great point after good play by Padraic Whelan, Conor McGrath and Matthew O’Toole.
John Murphy who was impressive on his debut won a free in the 36th minute and Diarmaid again did the honours as 2 more U21s Mark Lawlor and Shane Webb were introduced into the fray. Rangers made it a one point game in the 44th minute when Chris Nolan slotted over a point but this was to prove their final score as Tinryland upped the ante in a big way over the final quarter. A fine point by John Paul Moore after sustained Tinryland pressure was followed by a Mark Lawlor beauty which left 3 points separating the teams with 12 minutes remaining.
Rangers introduced Shane O’Neill and Michael Malone into the action but at this stage Tinryland were gradually turning the screw. Conor McGrath increased the advantage to 4 points in the 56th minute and when Shane Webb slotted over another point with 3 minutes remaining the points were in the bag for the men in blue and white hoops. The final act of the game was another well worked point scored by Conor McGrath which rounded off a very satisfactory evening’s work and gave everyone associated with the team a big lift.
Tinryland are back in action on next Sunday evening away to high flying Eire Og in Pairc Ui Bhrian at 7 p.m.
Final score Tinryland 0-12 Mount Leinster Rangers 0-6.
Tinryland: Trevor O’Reilly, Cian Lawlor, John Murphy, Mark Dempsey, Conor McGrath 0-2, Shane Redmond, Cathal Gaffney, Peter Hennessy, Glen Doyle, Conor O’Toole, Niall Lowry, Matthew O’Toole, Ciaran Larkin, Cormac Walshe, Diarmaid Walshe 0-5 1F. Subs Padraic Whelan, John Paul Moore 0-1, Shane Webb 0-1, Mark Lawlor 0-1.
Mount Leinster Rangers: Thomas Brennan, Padraig Bambrick, Padraig Nolan, M.J. Doran, John Coady, Brian Nolan, Seamus Kelly, Eddie Byrne 0-1F, Conor Fenlon, Jack Murphy 0-2 1F, Paul Coady 0-1, Willie Hickey, Dean Grennan, Ted Joyce 0-1, Chris Nolan 0-1. Subs: Shane O’Neill, Michael Malone.
By Eamonn Byrne
Despite losing their unbeaten record in Division 3 an understrength Tinryland Junior (A) team turned in an honest performance against Rathvilly in Fr. Ryan Park on Thursday 21st April.
On an ideal evening for football which began with a minutes silence for Kayleigh Delaney who had been laid to rest in Tinryland cemetary earlier in the day the home team secured their victory with an impressive first half performance. Early goals from Robert Ryan and Brian Smith gave Rathvilly a lead they never lost after Alan Kirwan had briefly given Tinryland an early advantage with a cracking goal following an interception by Niall Barrett and good play by Cathal Gaffney. At one stage in that first half Rathvilly led by 8 points following a succession of well worked points from Brian Smith, Gary Smith, Pat Byrne and Conor Owens who was the tormentor in chief to the hoops defence throughout this enjoyable game. Tinryland just about stayed in contention at this stage by scoring some fine points themselves via Killian Maher, Alan Kirwan, Padraic Whelan and Conor McGrath. Half Time score Rathvilly 2-8 Tinryland 1-5.
A strong interval talk from the management team of Niall Barrett, Richie McGrath and John Farrell resulted in a determined Tinryland facing the Village goal end for the 2nd half. After a scoreless 7 minutes Padraic Whelan and Kevin McCall for Rathvilly traded points before Gary Smith extended the home team’s advantage back out to 7 points with 20 minutes remaining. Padraic Whelan who had a good game throughout then threw Tinryland a lifeline when he rattled the Rathvilly net in the 41st minute following good play by Conor McGrath before Rathvilly replied with a point from Conor Owens. Tinryland then threw the kitchen sink at Rathvilly led by a superb half back line of Shane O’Neill, Adam Mullen and Cathal Gaffney as Joey Ryan was introduced into the action for Jack Lowry.
Two further points from Whelan the latter after great play by Niall Barrett and Gregg Murphy left only one goal separating the sides and Rathvilly suddenly had a fight on their hands. Owens then gave them breathing space with a point at the other end before Padraic Whelan converted a free with 3 minutes remaining. Alan Kirwan had a gilt edged chance of a goal at this stage but his shot was inches wide of the net. Rathvilly then added on two further points before Conor McGrath closed the Tinryland scoring with a point on the stroke of full time. Final score Rathvilly 2-15 Tinryland 2-11.
Tinryland are still very much in contention for a place in the division 3 semi-final and they next play Eire Og on Thursday next 28th April in Rathcrogue at 7.30 p.m. Following that game the team is at home to Leighlinbridge on Thursday 5th May with the final group game away to league leaders Ballon on Thursday 12th May. Outstanding for Tinryland against Rathvilly were Adam Dunne, Cathal Gaffney, Shane O’Neill, Adam Mullen, Conor McGrath, Padraic Whelan and Gregg Murphy.
Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Jack Lowry, Adam Dunne, Dermot McGuill, Cathal Gaffney, Shane O’Neill, Adam Mullen, Peter Hennessy, Conor McGrath 0-2, Alan Kirwan 1-1, Killian Maher 0-1, Ciaran Larkin 0-1, Padraic Whelan 1-6 3f, Gregg Murphy, Niall Barrett. Sub: Joey Ryan.
By eamonn Byrne
For the 4th week in a row Tinryland fielded a 3rd squad in division 5 which was an achievement in itself considering how many regulars were missing because of college and other commitments.
In the previous game team selector John Farrell had to don the goalkeepers jersey to make up 15 and in this game former goalie David O’Neill who is on a flying visit from Canada manned the goal and did a fine job making a string of fine saves which kept Tinryland in contention in the first half. David was joined on the comeback trail by John Sparks Murphy who wore the hoops for the first time in a number of years while another comeback kid was Brian Deane who went straight from juvenile coaching duties into the half back line.
Before the game a minutes silence was observed in memory of local girl Kayleigh Delaney who sadly passed away at the weekend
When the action began it was the away side that opened the scoring when corner forward Mick Byrne converted a free. Tinryland replied with 2 quick points from Cormac Kelly and Gregg Murphy with the former score the product of great play by Paddy Byrne, John Whyte, and John Sparks Murphy who set up Cormac for the opening score. In the 6th minute it got even better for the home side when Barry Power finished a movement involving Cormac Kelly while one minute later Tinryland pulled 5 points ahead with a fisted point from Sparks who was showing well for the ball despite his long absence from the game.
Tullow then settled down and a goal in the 12th minute from Eoin O’Toole brought them back into contention and by the 17th minute matters were all square following 2 further points for the Slaneysiders from O’Toole and wing forward Ben Hade. Barry Power and Lorcan O’Toole traded points in the 19th and 21st minutes before St. Patricks finished the 1st half with a flourish with 4 consecutive points from Lorcan O’Toole, Rory Jones, Aaron Campbell and Eoin O’Toole. Half time score St. Patricks 2-8 Tinryland 1-4.
When referee Michael McNally from Ballinabranna re-started proceedings it was St. Patricks who were first on the scoreboard with an Aaron Campbell point. Tinryland quickly replied with a very well worked goal by Cormac Kelly following good play by John Jackson and Gregg Murphy. Tullow’s response was instant however and the ball was in the net at the other end within 2 minutes when Paul Canavans shot flew past David O’Neill. St. Pats then lost their full back Anthony Moran to a black card but it did not affect their momentum and they added another goal from Eoin O’Toole who finished with a hat trick and points from Sid Hogan and Colm Kenny before Cormac Kelly and Brian Mullen closed the Tinryland account with 2 well taken points. Tinryland will have a break next week in division 5 and then travel to play O’Hanrahans on Tuesday 3rd May before playing 2 further away matches in the Fighting Cocks and Ballon on the 10th and 17th May. The league campaign concludes on Tuesday 24th May with a home game against Fenagh. Final score St. Patricks 4-11 Tinryland 2-6.
Tinryland: David O’Neill, Alan Byrne, Joey Ryan, Paddy Byrne, Gregg Murphy 0-1, John Whyte, Brian Deane, Cormac Kelly 1-2, Adam Mullen, Cathal Whelan, John Jackson, Brian Mullen 0-1, John “Sparks” Murphy 0-1, Barry Power 1-1, Gavin Power.
St. Patricks: Jamie Garry, David Brady, Anthony Moran, Gary Maxwell, Seamus Comerford, John Kenny, Rory Jones 0-2, Lorcan O’Toole 0-2, Jamie Byrne, Ben Hade 0-1, Aaron Campbell 0-2, Eoin O’Toole 3-1, Colm Kenny 0-1, Paul Canavan 1-0, Mick Byrne 0-1, Sid Hogan 0-1.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland minors began the M.F.L. Division B campaign with a very easy win over a youthful O’Hanrahans at Rathcrogue on Sunday 17th April. Tinryland totally dominated this one sided game even though O’Hanrahans were first on the scoreboard in the opening minute with a point from their mid fielder Paddy Fitzgerald. A Keelan Gaffney goal in the 2nd minute set the tone for this match and by half time Tinryland led by 5-13 to 0-1 with the goals being scored by Gaffney (2), Conor Brennan (2) and Ronan Curran from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time.
Tinryland selectors made a drastic change for the second half by completely reversing the backs and forwards which saw the Blues score 1-1 in the opening 10 minutes of the 2nd half. Tinryland got back on track with another Keelan Gaffney goal in the 40th minute and when Shea Byrne added another in the 42nd minute this game was well over as a contest. To their credit O’Hanrahans never stopped trying and they added 2 further goals from Lorcan Thompson before Tinryland closed out the scoring with a goal from Fergal Kelly and points from Ronan Curran and Co. minor Conor Ryan.
Outstanding for Tinryland were Tommy Dunne, Rory Dunbar, Cormac Kelly, Conor Ryan, Johnny Curran, Keelan Gaffney, Ronan Curran and Conor Brennan.
Final score Tinryland 7-15 O’Hanrahans 3-2
The minors will be back in action on Sunday 1st May with another home fixture against Clonmore at 12 noon with further games on 8th May away to Kildavin, on 15th May away to St. Patricks and another game away to Myshall on a date to be confirmed.
Tinryland: Lee Kane, Shea Byrne 1-0, Tommy Dunne, Fergal Kelly 1-0, Rory Dunbar, Cormac Kelly, Dinny Farrell, Conor Ryan 0-1, Johnny Curran, Conor Brennan, Keelan Gaffney, Ronan Curran, Rory Moore, Aubrey Bradley, Eoin Hosey, Luke Fleming.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland senior footballers suffered their 3rd consecutive defeat in the S.F.L. Div 1 when they were forced to play second fiddle to a determined Rathvilly in Fr. Ryan Park on Sunday 17th April.
The home side who bossed this game throughout were 2 points up within 3 minutes of the throw in after opening scores from Garry Dempsey and Ed Finnegan. Diarmaid Walshe opened the Tinryland account with a lovely point in the 4th minute after good play by Matthew O’Toole and Shane Redmond. Rathvilly dominated the next 6 minute spell scoring a hat trick of points from Jim Bob Leonard, and the Murphy brothers Brian and Brendan. Tinryland looked to have weathered the storm when they enjoyed their most productive spell between the 10th and 15 minutes with 3 points from Richard Whyte, Diarmaid Walshe and a wonderful Matthew O’Toole effort after good play by Peter Hennessy and Ciaran Larkin.
Rathvilly who included most of their big guns in this game upped the ante and from the 15th minute to half time they added on a goal and 4 points to their tally with Garry Dempseys goal in the 25th minute the product of fast forward play when they cut the Tinryland defence to shreds.
Paul Broderick who had entered the fray for Mark Lawlor after 10 minutes closed the 1st half scoring with an excellent point in the 28th minute which left the scoreboard reading Rathvilly 1-9 Tinryland 0-5.
Glen Doyle was introduced for the injured Danny Moran at the break and Tinryland began the second half on a positive note with a Peter Hennessy point after good work by Shane Redmond, Diarmaid Walshe and Paul Broderick. There was no let up in the Rathvilly play however and over the next 10 minutes they added on 5 further points via the excellent Garry Dempsey (4) and Diarmaid Cronin and were unlucky to be denied another goal when the post saved Tinryland. During this spell Tinryland could only manage a solitary point from Niall Lowry who had replaced Cathal O’Toole near the end of the first half. With 12 minutes remaining Mark Dempsey was forced to leave the field after a strong challenge from Brendan Murphy and during this spell also Conor O’Toole received a black card to be replaced by Ciaran Townsend. John Paul Moore was introduced for Mark Dempsey as the home side added on two further points from Alan Kelly and Garry Dempsey (free). All Tinryland could show for their efforts before the finish were 2 Paul Broderick conversions from frees but the away side could have had a goal with 3 minutes remaining only for a brilliant save from Rathvilly goalkeeper Robert Molloy while at the other end Rathvilly missed a gilt edged goal chance.
Tinryland seniors are back in league action on Monday 25th April at 8 p.m. when Mount Leinster Rangers will visit Rathcrogue. Final score Rathvilly 1-18 Tinryland 0-9
Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Danny Moran, Mark Dempsey, Conor Byrne, Conor O’Toole, Cathal Gaffney, Conor McGrath, Peter Hennessy 0-1, Shane Redmond, Cathal O’Toole, Matthew O’Toole 0-1, Mark Lawlor, Diarmaid Walshe 0-2, Richard Whyte 0-1, Ciaran Larkin. Subs Paul Broderick 0-3, Niall Lowry 0-1, Glenn Doyle, John Paul Moore, Ciaran Townsend.
Rathvilly: Robert Molloy, Jeff Werth, Tony Bolger, Jeffrey O’Donoghue, Colin Byrne, Jim Bob Leonard 0-1, Paul Curran, Brendan Murphy 0-2, Brian Murphy 0-2, Alan Kelly 0-2, Danny Molloy, Ed Finnegan 0-1 , Diarmuid Cronin 0-2, Garry Dempsey 1 7, J J Smith. Sub ? No 23 0-1.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland Junior (A) team clocked up their 3rd successive win in division 3 on Thursday 14th April with a comfortable win over near neighbours Palatine. Tinryland made life difficult for themselves in the opening half when kicking 9 wides and 5 balls into Pal goalkeeper Cormac Holloway’s hands. As a result the men in blue and white only led by 3 points when Rathvilly referee Brian Deering sounded the half time whistle. The home side led by the minimum after 20 minutes following 3rd and 8th minute points from the lively David Townsend while Padraic Whelan gave Tinryland a lead they never relinguished with a lovely point in the 21st minute. Palatine kept in touch with 2 Eoin McMahon points after 5 and 17 minutes while the end of the first half saw an improvement in the Tinryland scoring rate. In this period Tinryland scored 3 points in a 2 minute spell from Ciaran Larkin, David Townsend and sub Dean Farrell who made an impact when he was introduced after 20 minutes. Tinryland did well in defence in that opening half with man of the match Shane O’Neill being well supported by goalkeeper Ciaran Byrne together with Peter Doran, Liam Fitzpatrick, Cathal Gaffney, Dylan Byrne and Adam Mullen. Half time score Tinryland 0-6 Palatine 0-3.
When the 2nd half began Tinryland showed their intentions almost immediately scoring a point within 60 seconds of the throw in via Paul Doyle after good play by Cathal Gaffney and Gregg Murphy. Pal centre forward Darragh Moran replied with a point but the Tinryland lead was extended to 6 points after a well worked Gregg Murphy goal following good play by Dean Farrell and Conor McGrath. With Peter Hennessy and McGrath lording it at midfield Tinryland extended the lead further with a succession of wonderful points from Padraic Whelan (free), Ciaran Larkin (2), Shane O’Neill, Paul Doyle, Dean Farrell and Larkin again to leave the scoreboard reading 1-14 to 0-5 with 15 minutes remaining. John Whyte then replaced Padraic Whelan who picked up a dead leg. Pakey O’Toole and Darragh Byrne added points for the Cnoc Arda men in this spell but it was Tinryland that cruised to the finish scoring a further 2 points via Dean Farrell and Paul Doyle before the selectors emptied the bench sending on Brian Mullen, Jack Lowry, John Jackson, and Cathal Whelan.
Final score Tinryland 1-16 Palatine 0-8. The Junior (A) team will be back in action on Thursday next 21st April away to Rathvilly in Fr. Ryan Park at 7.15 p.m.
Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Dylan Byrne, Peter Doran, Liam Fitzpatrick, Cathal Gaffney, Shane O’Neill 0-1, Adam Mullen, Peter Hennessy, Conor McGrath, Padraig Delaney, Padraig Whelan 0-2 1 f, Ciaran Larkin 0-4, Gregg Murphy 1-1, Paul Doyle 0-3, David Townsend 0-3. Subs: Dean Farrell 0-2, John Whyte, Brian Mullen, Jack Lowry, John Jackson, Cathal Whelan.
Palatine: Cormac Holloway, Kevin Hanley, Billy Murphy, Paddy Carroll, Brian O’Mahony, Dylan Cotter, Darragh Carroll, Chris O’Brien, Pakie O’Toole 0-1, John Kenny, Darragh Moran 0-2, Karl Rennick, Eoin McMahon 0-3, Sean Brennan, Conor Cloonan 0-2. Sub Alan Hosey
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland’s 3rd team are still seeking a first win in division 5 after losing to Clonmore in round 3 at Rathcrogue on Tuesday 12th April. In the early stages of this game Tinryland matched their Wicklow border opponents and were unlucky to be 2 points in arrears after 20 minutes. Clonmore opened their account with a point from the towering Clive Lamb in the 9th minute with corner forward Richard Roche doubling their advantage one minute later. Jack Lowry scored Tinryland’s first point from a free in the 13th minute following good play by Cathal Whelan and another Lowry point from play in the 19th minute was the result of a great movement involving himself, Dean Farrell and Brian Mullen. Clonmore then dominated the closing stages of the first half with points from Paul Byrne, J.P. Doyle and Clive Lamb to leave the scoreboard reading 0-6 to 0-2 in their favour when referee Seamie Doyle sounded the half time whistle.
When play resumed Jack Lowry slotted over a point after good play by Killian Maher, Dean Farrell and Adam Mullen but Clonmore then began to turn the screw with well taken Clive Lamb points in the 32nd and 35th minutes. The men in red and green were then awarded a penalty but a marvellous save by stand in keeper and selector John “Rasher” Farrell kept the ball out of the net. Another Clonmore point by Paul Byrne was followed by a goal from Lamb in the 40th minute which put 10 points between the sides with 20 minutes still remaining. Tinryland enjoyed a brief purple patch at this stage and a point from Jack Lowry after good play by Cormac Kelly and John Whyte was followed by a well taken Cathal Whelan point and another from Brian Mullen after good play by Dean Farrell. When Farrell slotted over another point in the 48th minute the margin was now down to 7 points but that was as good as it got for the home side and Clonmore with 3 points from sub Wesley Tallon and another goal from Richard Roche pulled clear once again. Final score Clonmore 2-15 Tinryland 0-7. Tinryland are back in action on Tuesday next 19th April with another home game at 7.15 p.m. against St Patricks.
Tinryland: John Farrell, Cormac Kelly, Joey Ryan, Paddy Byrne, Dean Farrell 0-1, John Whyte, Eoin Fields, Alan Kirwan, Adam Mullen, Killian Maher, Alan byrne, John Jackson, Cathal Whelan 0-1, Jack Lowry 0-4, Brian Mullen 0-1.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland senior footballers suffered a 2nd successive defeat in this seasons S.F.L. Division 1 when losing out to Old Leighlin at Rathcrogue on Sunday 10th April. In a game dominated by a very strong wind Tinryland failed to capitalise with the elements in their favour in the opening half when playing into the motorway end of the pitch.
The home team missed a gilt edged goal chance within 20 seconds of the throw in when Cian Moore was inches wide after great play by Peter Hennessy and Conor O’Toole. Old Leighlin who were playing a containing game against the wind set the tone from then on and when they were presented with a goal chance in the 7th minute corner forward John Ryan made no mistake with a rasping shot into the top corner of Trevor O’Reilly’s net. Tinryland responded with successful free kicks from the returning Paul Broderick before John Ryan extended the Old Leighlin advantage back out to 2 points when he raised a white flag in the 18th minute. Another Broderick dead ball conversion left the minimum between the teams in the 24th minute after a free was won by Matthew O’Toole. Four minutes later Tinryland scored their first point from play when Matthew O’Toole slotted over a sublime point to level matters but the boys in blue and white looked to have a mountain to climb facing into the 2nd half despite a brilliantly struck Paul Broderick free from 55m just before referee David Hughes sounded the half time whistle. Half Time score Tinryland 0-5 Old Leighlin 1-1.
When the teams re-appeared Tinryland had introduced Conor Byrne and Cathal O’Toole into the action. Old Leighlin quickly got back on terms within a minute before Broderick converted another free for the home side after a foul on Glen Doyle. Old Leighlin full forward Seamus Kinsella levelled matters once again from a free and when the same player repeated the dose in the 41st minute Old Leighlin’s tails were up with the very strong wind proving a major asset to their cause. Two more points from the men from Molaise Park from Seamus Kinsella and Hughie Gahan extended their advantage and when Gahan rattled the net with 11 minutes remaining Tinryland had a mammoth task on their hands with the wind never relenting.
The Tinryland selectors introduced Shane Redmond into the fray for his first game in 9 months and they also sprung Mark Lawlor and Andrew Hanley from the bench in an effort to claw back the defecit. To their credit Tinryland began to up their game asking questions of the Old Leighlin rearguard. Paul Broderick with another successful free and Andrew Hanley with a well worked point reduced the margin to 4 points before Old Leighlin who lost 2 players to black cards brought the scoring to a close when Michael Meaney pointed in the 61st minute. Final score Old Leighlin 2-7 Tinryland 0-8.
Tinryland seniors are back in league action on next Sunday evening 17th April away to Rathvilly in Fr Ryan Park at 6 p.m. when more than 2 points from play will be needed if Tinryland are to bring back the league points.
Tinryland: Trevor O’Reilly, Danny Moran, Mark Dempsey, Dylan Byrne, Conor O’Toole, Cathal Gaffney, Conor McGrath, Glen Doyle, Peter Hennessy, Diarmaid Walshe, Matthew O’Toole 0-1, Niall Lowry, Ciaran Larkin, Paul Broderick 0-6 Frees, Cian Moore. Subs: Conor Byrne, Cathal O’Toole, Shane Redmond, Mark Lawlor, Andrew Hanley 0-1.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland Junior (A) team maintained their unbeaten record in division 3 with a comprehensive win over St. Andrew’s at McGrath Park on Thursday 7th April. Showing 5 changes to the starting fifteen that defeated St. Patricks the previous week Tinryland had the points in the bag well before referee Brian Deering sounded the full time whistle. In an uneventful opening quarter Tinryland looked lively but all they could show for their efforts was a class goal finished by David Townsend after a great cross from Paul Doyle and two points from the boot of Shane O’Neill and top scorer Padraic Whelan who finished with a personal tally of 1-5. During this phase of the game the Tinryland back line of Liam Fitzpatrick, Peter Doran, Dylan Byrne, Adam Dunne, J.P. Moore and Shane O’Neill were doing fine with the forwards moving well except for wayward shooting and kicking the ball into the home goalies hands which they did on 5 occassions. Padraic Whelan’s 2nd point in the 16th minute saw the men in blue and white step up a gear. From then until the finish of the half they racked up a further 1-4 with Whelan’s opportunistic goal in the 23rd minute a result of quick thinking after good play by Conor McGrath who shortly afterwards retired injured to be replaced by Padraig Delaney. Tinryland’s points in the latter end of the 1st half were a joy to behold with McGrath, Adam Dunne, Peter Hennessy and Paul Doyle all showing their ability to take a score from long range. Half time Tinryland 2-7 St. Andrews 0-0.
During the half time break the Tinryland selectors replaced Peter Hennessy and Ciaran Larkin with John Jackson and John Whyte. In the 33rd minute David Townsend was narrowly wide with a clear cut chance on goal after good play by Alan Barrett. 60 seconds later Townsend made amends with a cracking goal following excellent play by Padraic Whelan, Adam Dunne, Gregg Murphy and Shane O’Neill to put 16 points between the sides. The onslaught on the home goal continued with a 45’ converted by Padraic Whelan after a John Jackson shot on goal was deflected away and an excellent Gregg Murphy goal after good play by Whelan. This left 20 points separating the teams with 17 minutes remaining. The home team at last opened their account in the 44th minute when full forward Dessie Dowling slotted over a point but this was immediately matched by another Paul Doyle beauty after good play by Jackson and Adam Dunne. Tinryland then introduced Jack Lowry and Cathal Whelan into the action as Bagenalstown’s mid-fielder David Corcoran burst through to score a goal out of the top drawer to give some respect to the scoreboard. The home team were beginning to show some signs of life now and they added on a further point in the 50th minute via Keith McDonald which was cancelled out by a successful free from David Townsend. Dessie Dowling then caused mayhem in the Tinryland defence when he deflected a high ball to the net and after Padraic Whelan had added on a further 2 points Dowling struck again in identical fashion to leave the final score Tinryland 4-13 St Andrew’s 3-2. Outstanding for Tinryland were Liam Fitzpatrick, Dylan Byrne, Adam Dunne, Shane O’Neill, Paul Doyle, David Townsend and Padraic Whelan. St. Andrew’s best players included Justin Manning, Cathal Cole, Trevor Nolan, David Corcoran, Danny Darcy and Dessie Dowling who scored 2-1. The junior (A) team will be back in action on Thursday next 14th April with a home game at 7.15 p.m. with neighbours Palatine.
Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Liam Fitzpatrick, Peter Doran, Dylan Byrne, Adam Dunne 0-1, John Paul Moore, Shane O’Neill 0-1, Conor McGrath 0-1, Peter Hennessy 0-1, Ciaran Larkin, Alan Barrett, Paul Doyle 0-3, David Townsend 2-1, Gregg Murphy 1-0, Padraic Whelan 1-5. Subs: Padraig Delaney, John Jackson, John Whyte, Jack Lowry, Cathal Whelan.
By Eamonn Byrne
Leighlinbridge proved too strong for Tinryland in the 2nd round of division 5 played in Rathcrogue on Tuesday 5th April. The All Black’s ability to conjure goals at crucial times was a major factor in their victory over the home sides 3rd squad. It was Tinryland who were first on the scoresheet when Brian “Beano” Mullen converted a free after 6 minutes. Conor Darcy replied with a point from play for Leighlin before “Beano” edged Tinryland ahead once again after good play by Dean Farrell. Will Kearney then split the Tinryland defence wide open to score Leighlin’s first goal in the 11th minute and after Alan Quinn had increased his sides advantage with a point Leighlin found themselves 7 points clear by the 17th minute with a great goal scored by Jack Townsend. Kearney increased the Leighlin lead with another point before towering Barry Power rattled the All Black’s net in the 19th minute after great play involving Brian Mullen and Garry Scully. Tinryland’s goal had a let off 60 seconds later before Joe Byrne and Conor Nolan increased the Leighlin advantage on the approach to half time with well worked points. The first half ended on an encouraging note for Tinryland when wing forward Killian Maher lobbed the Leighlin goalkeeper Christy Kearney to leave the scoreboard reading Leighlinbridge 2-6 Tinryland 2-2 when referee Brian Deering sounded the half time whistle.
The second half was only 60 seconds old when Leighlin won a penalty and after the initial shot from Conor Darcy hit the upright the same player made no mistake with the rebound which put his team 7 points clear once again. One minute later Darcy was again on target and his goal virtually killed this game as a contest. Tinryland remained competitive at this stage and two points from their best player Dean Farrell left 8 points separating the sides heading in to the final quarter. This was as good as it got however and Leighlinbridge cruised to the finish with further points from Christy Canavan, Will Kearney. Final score Leighlinbridge 4-11 Tinryland 2-4. Tinryland will be back in action at home to Clonmore 7.15 p.m. on Tuesday next 12th April.
Tinryland: Michael Delaney, Sean Regan, Joey Ryan, Paddy Byrne, Garry Scully, John Whyte, Eoin Fields, Alan Kirwan, Dean Farrell 0-2, Cathal Whelan, John Jackson, Killian Maher 1-0, Brian Mullen 0-2, Barry Power 1-0, Alan Byrne.