By Eamonn Byrne
The curtain came down on a historic season for Tinryland minor footballers when they lost out to Newtown Blues of Drogheda in the Leinster minor tournament at Pairc Ui Bhrian on Sunday last 2nd November. Forced to line out without regulars John Murphy, Dylan Reamsbottom and Conor McGrath Tinryland were competitive in the first half and led by 2 points by the 18th minute. Newtown Blues were first to score when Ciaran Downey pointed after a foul on their corner forward Dale Harding. Tinryland were quickly back on level terms with a great James McGrath point in the 7th minute. A great move involving Kevin Carr, Ciaran Downey and Johnny McDonnell saw the Louth team regain the lead in the 12th minute before great work from Niall Lowry resulted in a Dean Dunne point for Tinryland to leave matters all square mid-way through the first half. Tinryland were now getting to grips with the pace of the game and within 2 minutes between the 16th and 18th minutes scored two brilliant points via Conall o’Se and Niall Lowry, the later score the result of a free won by Dean Dunne. Newtown Blues response was swift and by the 24th minute they had edged into a two point lead following a point and a goal from Ciaran Downey. Tinryland’s woes were then compounded when Conall O’Se was unlucky to receive a black card and he was replaced by the late arriving Andrew Hanley. Half time score Newtown Blues 1-3 Tinryland 0-4.
The second half began with Ciaran Byrne bringing off a great save to keep Tinryland in the hunt and taking inspiration Cathal Gaffney slotted over a well worked point following good play by Conor O’Toole, Ciaran Larkin and Niall Lowry. 3 minutes later Tinryland were back on level terms following an excellent conversion by Niall Lowry following a free which was won by sub John Fleming.
The Newtown Blues response was swift however and in the 37th minute their wing back Kevin Carr ran through the Tinryland defence like a knife through butter to score the goal of the game.
Tinryland then began to empty the bench introducing Adam Murphy for Peter Hennessy and Killian Maher for Conall Dunne. Tinryland had two gilt edged chances at this stage but Conall Dunne and Dean Dunne both had their shots blocked. Tinryland then introduced Eoin Fields for Dean Dunne but we were then dealt another blow when defender Fionnan Burke received a black card which looked slightly on the harsh side considering a Louth player had got a yellow moments earlier for a similar offence.With 10 minutes remaining Newtown Blues had edged into a 5 point lead following 2 more Downey points and the Tinryland scoring was completed with 7 minutes remaining when Niall Lowry converted another free. The final stages saw the Louth representatives add on three more points but Tinryland did have one last chance of a goal but Andrew Hanley was unlucky with his shot. Final score Newtown Blues 2-9 Tinryland 0-7.
Team: Ciaran Byrne, Seamus Curran, Fionnan Burke, Sean Kirwan, Ciaran Larkin, Cathal Gaffney 0-1, Adam Dunne, Mark Lawlor, Peter Hennessy, Conor O’Toole, Niall Lowry 0-3, Conall Dunne, Conall O’Se 0-1, James McGrath 0-1, Dean Dunne 0-1. Subs Andrew Hanley, John Fleming, Adam Murphy, Killian Maher, Eoin Fields.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland minor footballers made more history in Dr. Cullen Park on Sunday 26th October when they added the minor league title to the championship won 2 weeks earlier. In the replay of the league final against Eire Og the lads in blue and white were never headed after Dean Dunne had opened the scoring with a point in the 7th minute following good play by Niall Lowry and Peter Hennessy. Eire Og got back on level terms 2 minutes later when wing back Lee Nolan raised a white flag but this was as good as it got for the Carlow town team as a very disciplined Tinryland kept them at bay and gradually turned the screw at the other end to lead at half time by 0-7 to 02. Two James McGrath points in the 10th and 11th minutes were the catalyst for Tinryland to kick on and when Niall Lowry landed a ’45 mid way through the first half Tinryland confidence grew. With the midfield pairing of Mark Lawlor and Peter Hennessy giving the forwards plenty of possession Tinryland added two further points to their first half tally via Andrew Hanley and another successful ’45 from Lowry before Eire Og closed the first half scoring with a point from centre forward Dylan Salter on the stroke of the half time whistle. That first half saw the Tinryland defence turn in a very disciplined performance with all six defenders Dylan Reamsbottom, John Murphy, Fionnan Burke, Ciaran Larkin, Cathal Gaffney and the returning Adam Dunne all coolness personified and giving great protection to their outstanding goalkeeper Ciaran Byrne who dealt confidently with any balls that came his way. Half time score Tinryland 0-7 Eire Og 0-2.The second half began in similar fashion to the drawn game when Eire Og scored a point by Lee Nolan within seconds of the restart and the sizeable crowd present must have expected an Eire Og revival in similar fashion to the last day when they quickly reduced a 6 point defecit early in the 2nd half. Tinryland had other ideas however and great play by Fionnan Burke and team captain Conor O’Toole resulted in a James McGrath point in the 33rd minute which set the ball rolling for a wonderful second half display by the new Co. champions. In the 38th minute Conall O’Se who was lively throughout increased the lead to 6 points following good play by Fionnan Burke, James McGrath and Cathal Gaffney. Things got increasingly better then with two wonderful points from James McGrath and Andrew Hanley as Tinryland increased the midfield dominance through Lawlor and Hennessy. A Conall O’Se point in the 43rd minute was followed by a point on the run from Andrew Hanley who was now matching his excellent performance in the Co. final against Palatine. Reece Denieffe then clawed one point back for Eire Og but up stepped Niall Lowry again to maintain his almost 100% record from long range frees to leave the scoreboard reading 0-14 to 0-5 mid way through the second half. It was all Tinryland now as Tinryland made their first substitution introducing Conall Dunne for his mamesake Dean who had put in a tremendous shift for the 50 minutes he spent on the field. The icing was then quickly applied to the cake when in the space of 30 seconds Tinryland rattled the Eire Og net twice with top drawer goals from James McGrath and Conall Dunne.McGrath’s goal followed an exceptional pass from centre back Cathal Gaffney while Conall Dunne showed the advantage of fresh legs to seal the victory with Tinryland’s second goal with 9 minutes remaining. Tinryland then introduced Adam Murphy, Sean Kirwan, Conor McGrath, Killian Maher and John Fleming into the fray which proved the strength of this outstanding panel who all have a bright future in the game. The game then was done and dusted but for good measure Tinryland added on 3 further points via Conall O’Se, James McGrath and Conall Dunne as Eire Og completely lost their shape and discipline picking up two red cards in the closing minutes before referee John Hickey sounded the long whistle which heralded more celebrations in Dr Cullen park from the sizeable Tinryland crowd. Final score Tinryland 2-17 Eire Og 0-7. Team: Ciaran Byrne, Dylan Reamsbottom, John Murphy, Fionnan Burke, Ciaran Larkin, Cathal Gaffney, Adam Dunne, Mark Lawlor 0-1, Peter Hennessy, Conor O’Toole, Niall Lowry 0-3, Andrew Hanley 0-3, Conall O’Se 0-3, James McGrath 1-5, Dean Dunne 0-1. Subs: Conall Dunne 1-1, Sean Kirwan, Adam Murphy, Conor McGrath, Killian Maher, John Fleming.
By Eamonn Byrne
The concession of three goals in the first 20 minutes proved Tinryland’s downfall in the Tile N’Style U16 Division 2 final against Burren Rangers played at Dr. Cullen Park on Saturday 25th October. Tinryland got off to a great start in this game scoring 2 points via Gavin Power and Conor Brennan in the opening 3 minutes but this was as good as it got for the boys in blue and white. Two quick goals in the 5th and 7th minutes from Burren corner forward Conor Moore gave the Ballon combination a lead they never relinquished and a 3rd goal from the same player after 22 minutes meant that Tinryland would be playing catch up for the remainder of the game.
Tinryland did produce some positive football in that opening half and in a 5 minute spell between the 15th and 20th minutes tagged on 3 well taken points via Conor Brennan, Gavin Power and Ronan Curran. At this stage the Tinryland players were taking the game to their opponents and those 3 scores were the result of some great play involving Eoin Hosey, Eamonn Murphy, Conor Ryan and Rory Doyle. Burren Rangers also created chances during this spell and it took a great save from Tinryland goalie Cian Nolan to deny Burrens man of the match Adam Feeney a goal in the 12th minute. Tinryland’s Conor Brennan from a free and Burren’s Adam Feeney closed the first half scoring to leave the scoreboard reading 3-2 to 0-6 at half time.
Tinryland began the 2nd half in more positive fashion and good play by wing forward Fergal Kelly resulted in a Rory Doyle point in the 33rd minute. Tinryland were now creating chances but a lot of wayward shooting resulted in a long barren spell before midfielder Keelan Gaffney reduced the margin to 3 points in the 43rd minute following good play by Eamonn Murphy. Gavin Power then won a free following a good pass from Gaffney and the resultant successful conversion from Conor Brennan left only 2 points separating the sides with 15 minutes remaining. Burren Rangers then upped the ante scoring two excellent points from centre forward Ryan Clark as Tinryland continued to waste chances at the other end despite enjoying a fair amount of the play. With the clock ticking towards the final whistle Tinryland’s woes were compounded when Rory Dunbar received a black card and Burren sealed the game shortly afterwards when sub Keelan O’Byrne crashed his side’s 4th goal past Cian Nolan. Tinryland scored a consolation point deep in stoppage time when sub Padraig Webb pointed to leave the final score Burren Rangers 4-4, Tinryland 0-10.
Team: Cian Nolan, Lee Kane, Conor Ryan, Tommy Dunne, Cormac Kelly, Cuan Burke, Rory Doyle capt. 0-1, Johnathan Curran, Keelan Gaffney 0-1, Ruairi Dunbar, Eamonn Murphy, Ronan Curran 0-1, Gavin Power 0-2, Conor Brennan 0-4, Eoin Hosey. Subs Fergal Kelly, Michael Dobosz, Padraig Webb 0-1, Luke Fleming, Denny Farrell.
By Eamonn Byrne
Six days after winning a historic first Carlow minor championship Tinryland minors survived the post final blues against a fresher looking Eire Og in the Carlow M.F.L. final at Dr. Cullen Park on Saturday 18th October. In a competition that saw the league semi- final played 5 months ago Tinryland’s performance was understandable after the high of the Co. final win but at half time it appeared that the McKelvie Cup winners were well on course for the double as they led their town opponents by 1-6 to 0-4.
Only 17 seconds had elapsed when Niall Lowry opened the scoring for the boys in blue and white after the ball was won from the throw in. Tinryland were very sharp at this stage and Andrew Hanley began where he had left off 6 days earlier when he pointed after 1 minute following good work by team captain Conor O’Toole. Eire Og then began to find their feet and midfielder Dean Hayden opened their account with a long range point in the 6th minute. It could have been even better for the YI’s 2 minutes later but the woodwork saved Tinryland from the opening goal of the game. With the wind swirling in all directions corner forward Reece Denieffe levelled matters for Eire Og in the 11th minute and the same player put his team ahead for the first time one minute later when he converted a free that he won himself. Tinryland then enjoyed their best spell in the entire game and between the 15th and 20th minute added 1-4 to their tally with 2 brilliant points from Andrew Hanley the appetiser for a cracking goal from the same player following dominant play from Cathal Gaffney and James McGrath. Further points from James McGrath and Ciaran Larkin after good work by Dean Dunne extended the Tinryland lead to six points and it looked odds on that the double was going to be completed. The first half ended with an Eire Og point from a free by Reece Denieffe to leave the scoreboard reading Tinryland 1-6 Eire Og 0-4.
When play resumed Eire Og were fastest out of the blocks scoring a point within 25 seconds and they were amazingly back on level terms by the 36th minute following a goal from full forward Jack Phelan and another Denieffe point as Tinryland introduced Peter Hennessy into the fray at mid field for Adam Murphy. Niall Lowry then restored the Tinryland lead following good play by Peter Hennessy and Conor O’Toole as the Tinryland defence appeared to be weathering the Eire Og storm with good possession being won by Dylan Reamsbottom, John Murphy, John Fleming and Conor McGrath. Mid- way through the half matters were all square once again when recently introduced sub Craig Snoddy pointed for the town team as Conall Dunne was introduced for Ciaran Larkin.
A scoring barren spell of 10 minutes then followed with very little chances being created by both sides. The deadlock was finally broken when Eire Og were awarded a free after Tinryland had lost possession and Reece Denieffe had an easy chance to give his team a crucial lead with time ticking away. Now a point in arrears Tinryland went in search of the equaliser with sub Conall O’Se adding pace to the attack and it duly came when Mark Lawlor won a free as play entered stoppage time. James McGrath then took over kicking duties and there was relief among the large Tinryland support when James converted to bring the match to a close and we lived to fight another day. Final score Tinryland 1-8 Eire Og 1-8.Team: Ciaran Byrne, Fionnan Burke, John Murphy, Dylan Reamsbottom, Conor McGrath, Cathal Gaffney, John Fleming, Adam Murphy, Niall Lowry 0-3, Ciaran Larkin 0-1, James McGrath 0-2,Conor O’Toole, Andrew Hanley 1-2, Mark Lawlor, Dean Dunne. Subs: Peter Hennessy, Conall Dunne, Conall O’Se.
By Eamonn Byrne
There was more good news for Tinryland on Tuesday 14th October when the U16 team easily qualified for the Tile n Style division 2 final by easily defeating Naomh Eoin at the Fenagh training centre. The result of this game was never in doubt from a very early stage as Tinryland piled on the pressure on the Myshall team scoring early points via Michael Dobosz, Rory Doyle and Cormac Kelly and when the Myshall goalie failed to deal with a Rory Doyle free kick in the 20th minute midfielder Keelan Gaffney crashed the ball to the net to put us 6 points in front. A great passing movement involving Conor Ryan resulted in Tinryland’s 2nd goal when Eamonn Murphy ran 60 yards before despatching the ball to the Myshall net. This left the half time scoreboard reading Tinryland 2-3 Naomh Eoin 0-0.
The Myshall boys began the 2nd half in more determined fashion scoring a point from the throw in but Tinryland quickly asserted scoring a goal with the best movement of the game. The action began in the full back line when Conor Ryan won possession and he despatched the ball to Rory Doyle who found Rory Dunbar in support. Dunbar passed back to Doyle who found full forward Gavin Power who passed to Conor Brennan and the ball went into the net with an unstoppable shot to give Tinryland an eleven point advantage. Naomh Eoin then managed another point which proved to be their last of the game as Tinryland completely took over for the remainder of the game. Further points from U14 player Ronan Curran, Gavin Power,
Eoin Hosey and a great Keelan Gaffney conversion in addition to a wonderful Conor Brennan goal left the final score Tinryland 4-7 Naomh Eoin 0-2. Tinryland who had 9 different scorers on the night had outstanding players in Eamonn Murphy who covered every blade of grass on the pitch, Rory Doyle, Rory Dunbar, Cuan Burke, Keelan Gaffney, Cormac Kelly and Conor Ryan.
Tinryland will now play Burren Rangers in the final on Saturday 1st November after the Ballon outfit defeated Clonmore in the other semi-final
Team: Cian Nolan, Tommy Dunne, Conor Ryan, Lee Kane, Cormac Kelly 0-1, Cuan Burke, Rory Doyle 0-1, Jonathon Curran, Keelan Gaffney 1-1, Rory Dunbar, Eamonn Murphy 1-0, Ferghal Kelly, Michael Dobosz 0-1, Gavin Power 0-1, Ronan Curran 0-1. Subs Conor Brennan 2-0, Padraig Webb, Eoin Hosey 0-1, Denny Farrell.
By Eamonn Byrne
The famine is over. After 7 losing Co. minor final appearances since 1999 Tinryland’s skipper Conor O’Toole finally lifted the Pat McKelvie cup on the steps of the Lennon stand in Dr. Cullen Park on Sunday 12th October after an absorbing game against our neighbours Palatine. The mantle of red hot favourites did not sit well on the shoulders of the Tinryland lads for the opening 20 minutes of this game as the underdogs more than matched the boys in blue and white hoops. A lightning quick start saw Tinryland take the lead after only 15 seconds when Peter Hennessy won the throw in and transferred to Niall Lowry who duly slotted over the opening point of the game. It was Palatine however who settled the best after this score and the next 3 points were all scored by the Cnoc Arda boys via 2 frees from one of their best players Ricky Nolan and a point from play from full forward Cian Fitzpatrick.
This left the scoreboard reading 0-4 to 0-1 in Pal’s favour after 15 minutes. Dean Dunne finally settled the Tinryland nerves when he pointed in the 16th minute following good work by James McGrath and Conor O’Toole. When Niall Lowry converted a free in the 19th minute after more good play from Dean Dunne only the minimum separated the teams. The Tinryland come-back was then completed when Mark Lawlor won a penalty in the 25th minute and ace sharpshooter James McGrath who was the man of the match duly slotted home to give us the lead for the first time.
Tinryland were now finally at full throttle with the defence finally getting to grips with the Pal. forwards and the first half ended with two further points from James McGrath and centre back Cathal Gaffney to leave the half time scoreboard reading Tinryland 1-5 Palatine 0-4.
The Tinryland backroom team then made an astute substitution introducing Andrew Hanley into the fray and within 30 seconds the Ballinacarrig man who’s Father won a minor medal in 1981 made his mark with an excellent point following a pass from Bradleigh Nolan. Straight from the kick out James McGrath slotted over another Tinryland point from 50 metres before wing back Chris Bermingham scored a beauty of a point for Palatine. Andrew Hanley who was having an inspired game since his introduction then slotted over his second point as Palatine introduced Conal Slater for Moldovan born Stanislav Jolondcovschi. Pal’s best player Ricky Nolan then reduced the margin to 5 points with another point before a great Tinryland move involving Andrew Hanley, James McGrath and Dean Dunne resulted in the latter crashing home Tinryland’s second goal to give us an eight point advantage with 7 minutes played in the 2nd half. Another Hanley point 60 seconds later extended the Tinryland lead before Pal clawed one back in the 44th minute from wing forward Conor Crowley.
Up popped Andrew Hanley to cancel out this score in the 45th minute before the never say die team from the Kildare border replied with a Ricky Nolan point with 14 minutes remaining. With Paul Harland replacing Niall Cawley for Palatine Tinryland also rung the changes introducing Sean Kirwan for Fionnan Burke. With 12 minutes remaining Palatine were handed a lifeline when a penalty was conceded for a foot block and Ricky Nolan maintained his scoring record in this game by crashing the ball past Ciaran Byrne to leave 5 points separating the sides and all to play for. Tinryland’s response was swift and Mark lawlor capped a fine performance by extending the lead back out to 6 points with a well taken point with 9 minutes remaining. James McGrath then showed why he got the man of the match trophy with 2 brilliant points in the 52nd and 53rd minutes as Tinryland introduced 3 more subs in John Fleming, Adam Murphy and Conall O’Se. With 4 minutes of normal time left Palatine midfielder Shane O’Neill slotted over a free just as Dermot McGuill was introduced for Tinryland. Palatine still refused to lie down and Ricky Nolan capped a fine performance when he raised another white flag before James McGrath guaranteed himself the man of the match award with the final point of the game deep into stoppage time. This was an excellent all round performance by Tinryland after their slow start with the defence led by Ciaran Byrne in goal John Murphy at full back and Cathal Gaffney at centre back putting in a tremendous shift. They were backed up by great corner backs in Bradleigh Nolan and Dylan Reamsbottom and wing backs Conor McGrath and Fionnan Burke. Niall Lowry as usual drove the engine from midfield backed up by Peter Hennessy while up front Dean Dunne, James McGrath and Mark Lawlor were joined at half time by another match winner in Andrew Hanley who scored 4 points in the opening 15 minutes of the second half. Ciaran Larkin, Conall Dune and subs Sean Kirwan, Adam Murphy, John Fleming, Conall O’Se and Dermot McGuill all played their part in this historic first minor championship for Tinryland as did the superb backroom team led by Martin Doyle together with Richard McGrath, David Larkin, Nicky Ryan, and P.J Murphy.
When the final whistle sounded there were joyous scenes in the stand and on the pitch as the Tinryland fans celebrated a famous win. Tinryland captain Conor O’Toole then lifted the McKelvie cup to loud cheers and in his victory speech dedicated the win to Tinryland club stalwarts Jim Deane, Cora Townsend, Pat Doyle and John Scott who all sadly passed away in 2014. Final score Tinryland 2-14 Palatine 1-10.
Team: Ciaran Byrne, Bradleigh Nolan, John Murphy, Dylan Reamsbottom, Fionnan Burke, Cathal Gaffney 0-1, Conor McGrath, Peter Hennessy, Niall Lowry 0-1, Ciaran Larkin, James McGrath 1-4, Conor O’Toole capt, Dean Dunne 1-0, Mark Lawlor 0-1, Conall Dunne. Subs: Andrew Hanley 0-4, Sean Kirwan, Adam Murphy, John Fleming, Dermot McGuill, Conall O’Se
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland 7-14 Kildavin-Clonegal 2-1
Tinryland u14 footballers had a comfortable win in the Tile N’ Style division 2B final played in McGrath Park on Sunday last. Early goals from Mark Johnson, Paddy Regan, and Lee Hutton together with points from Jonah Dunne and another Evan McGuire goal set the boys in blue and white on the road to victory. When Kildavin-Clonegal proved a threat up front the Tinryland defence led by Jack Murphy, Eoin Gannon, and Cormac O’Brien kept the Wexford border team at bay. Tinryland continued to press early in the second half led by man of the match Ronan Curran before Kildavin-Clonegal enjoyed a mini revival sparked by two wonderful goals scored by Liam McGill.
Late in the game Tinryland put the icing on the cake with another goal from Mark Walshe and points from Denny Farrell, Ronan Curran, and Mark Johnson. Kildavin –Clonegal had impressive players in Liam McGill, Niall Hickey, Philip Byrne, Robert St. Ledger and Aaron Dobbs.
Tinryland: Joe Walton, Brian McGrath, Oisin Byrne, Jack Murphy, Cormac O’Brien, Eoin Gannon 0-1, Donnon Burke, Denny Farrell 0-1, Ronan Curran 0-4, Jonah Dunne 0-3, Mark Johnson 2-3, Paddy Regan 1-1, Evan McGuire 1-0, Lee Hutton 1-0, Mark Walshe 2-0, Sam Byrne.
Kildavin-Clonegal: Killian Coleman, Rowan Deane, Philip Byrne, Stephen Carroll, Kevin Sheppard, Robert St. Ledger, Richard Byrne, Niall Hickey, Liam McGill 1-1, Thomas Jeffers, Aaron Dobbs 0-1, Dan Smith, Adam Jeffers, Tom Sheppard, Pierce Deane
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland senior footballers bowed out of the Michael Lyng motors Carlow S.F.C. when losing by 5 points to Rathvilly in the semi-final played at Dr. Cullen Park on Sunday 28th September.
Having started the match well Tinryland took the lead in the 6th minute when Cian Moore pointed after good play by Jeff Sutton and Paul Broderick. Rathvilly’s opening score came in the 9th minute when full forward Garry Dempsey raised a white flag but Tinryland were back in front 60 seconds later when Paul Broderick converted a ’45 which he had won himself. The scores were level again by the 12th minute when Garry Dempsey slotted over another point for the Wicklow border team but Tinryland then edged into a two point lead following two well taken points from Cormac Walshe and Paul Broderick. Cormac’s point was the product of good play between himself, Cathal O’Toole and Richard Whyte while Paul’s effort was the result of a great passing movement involving Richard Whyte and Padraig Townsend. After J.J. Smith had reduced Tinryland’s lead with a point in the 18th minute Tinryland went two points clear again one minute later when Paul Broderick converted a free won by centre back Shane Redmond. Rathvilly then went on the attack and reduced the margin to the minimum when their centre forward pointed.
The game then took a turn for the worse from a Tinryland point of view when Padraig Townsend was red carded and we were reduced to 14 players. Tinryland introduced Matthew O’Toole in place of his brother Cathal in an attempt to counter the extra man and Rathvilly pressure was rewarded when centre forward Brian Murphy slotted over another point which left the interval score Rathvilly 0-6 Tinryland 0-5
When the 2nd half began J.J. Smith extended the Rathvilly lead with a point after 60 seconds but Tinryland reduced the margin to one point again after another minute when Evan Doyle who had a great game won a free and Paul Broderick duly converted. Richard Whyte then had a half chance of a goal but we were back on level terms by the 34th minute when Paul Broderick won a free and duly converted it himself. Three minutes later Tinryland were dealt what proved to be a mortal blow when a J.J. Smith attempt for a point went in to the net after goalkeeper Trevor O’Reilly had advanced out 10 metres in an attempt to cover an extra Rathvilly attacker who had drifted in to the goalmouth area. To their credit Tinryland did not lie down after this blow and a brilliant Evan Doyle point from an acute angle left only 2 points separating the sides with 20 minutes still left to play.
Glen Doyle was then introduced into the fray and he made an immediate impact which resulted in another Paul Broderick point which left the minimum separating the team’s mid-way through the second half. Rathvilly quickly reacted however and Brian Murphy extended their advantage with another point in the 46th minute. Tinryland then introduced Conor Byrne and John Dwyer into the action but it was Rathvilly who began to show the advantage of the extra man and Garry Dempsey extended their lead out to 3 points with 10 minutes remaining. The Tinryland goal then had a charmed existence as Rathvilly went in search of the killer blow. On two occasions certain goals were saved by corner back John Paul Moore and goalkeeper Trevor O’Reilly as Tinryland made another substitution introducing Ian Scully into the action. Two more wides for Rathvilly followed before they got two more insurance points in the 59th and 61st minutes. Final score Rathvilly 1-11 Tinryland 0-9
Tinryland: Trevor O’Reilly, John Paul Moore, Mark Dempsey, Danny Moran, Padraig Townsend, Shane Redmond, Jeff Sutton, Keith Jackson, Cian Moore 0-1, Cathal O’Toole, Evan Doyle 0-1, Cormac Walshe 0-1, Paul Broderick 0-6, Richard Whyte, Diarmaid Walshe. Subs Matthew O’Toole, Glen Doyle, Conor Byrne, John Dwyer, Ian Scully.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland minors are one step away from an historical 1st Carlow M.F.C. title following a thrilling 1 point victory over a gallant Rathvilly team at Dr. Cullen Park on Saturday 27th September.
On a day tinged with sadness following the news before throw in of the passing of our club colleague John Scott the minors put in a performance that John would have approved of against a gritty Rathvilly outfit that refused to be beaten. In one of the best minor games seen at D.C.P for a long time the Wicklow border side were first to settle but it took 7 minutes for the first score to arrive when their corner forward Jack McMillan raised a white flag at the Deerpark end of the ground.
This score seemed to settle Tinryland into action and the next 6 points were all scored by the boys in blue and white via Conall O’Se (2), Conall Dunne, Niall Lowry, James McGrath and a brilliant long distance beauty from midfielder Peter Hennessy. Rathvilly midfielder Ger Kavanagh then chipped in with a beauty at the other end but with James McGrath slotting over 2 quick points in succession Tinryland had stretched clear by 6 points by the 20th minute.
Rathvilly refused to yield however and two quick points in the 21st minute from Aaron Smith and Ger Kavanagh edged them closer as the Tinryland defence led by John Murphy at full back and Cathal Gaffney at no. 6, Fionnan Burke and Ciaran Larkin up front stemmed the ever increasing flow of the tide. Entering the closing minutes of the first half Tinryland were presented with a gilt edged goal chance but Mark Lawlor somehow hesitated in pulling the trigger and Rathvilly survived but not for long. Lawlor quickly made amends when he deflected a Conall Dunne delivery to the net which extended the Tinryland lead to 7 points 2 minutes before the break. Back came Rathvilly however and within 60 seconds Rathvilly full forward Martin Cole put the ball in the Tinryland net following good play from Ger Kavanagh, Aaron Smith, Conor Owens and Darren Murphy. Half time score Tinryland 1-8 Rathvilly 1-4.
The half time interval saw Tinryland introduce Dean Dunne and Conor McGrath into battlefor Andrew hanley and Conall O’Se but it was Rathvilly who immediately went on the attack and within 2 minutes matters were all square following a goal from Conor Owens and a point from wing forward Aaron Smith. Tinryland were not defending well at this stage but they managed to survive another Rathvilly onslaught which could only produce a wide and breaking upfield Conor McGrath offloaded to Cathal Gaffney before Dean Dunne restored the Tinryland lead in the 35th minute. One minute later James McGrath extended this lead following good interplay between Niall Lowry, Conor O’Toole and himself.
With Adam Murphy now introduced into the play Tinryland began to improve their possession around the centre but it took another 12 minutes for the next score to arrive. Tinryland did create a number of goal chances during this period but somehow the ball stayed out of the Rathvilly and with less than 10 minutes remaining only 2 points still separated the sides in a pulsating contest.
Rathvilly player Martin Cole then received a black card but they had a chance to reduce the margin only for the ball to hit the post from a free. More brilliant defending from John Murphy and Dylan Reamsbottom kept Rathvilly at bay once again and the scoring famine was eventually ended when Niall Lowry extended the Tinryland lead with a point following good play by Conor McGrath, Adam Murphy and James McGrath. Tinryland looked to be the fitter side at this stage and Niall Lowry repeated the dose when he pointed with 7 minutes left. More good work by Adam Murphy, and Peter Hennessy saw Tinryland up the ante and after another free was awarded Niall Lowry extended the lead to 5 points with 5 minutes left. John Fleming then replaced Bradleigh Nolan for Tinryland and the lead was extended to 6 points when another free was successfully converted by Niall Lowry. It looked curtains for Rathvilly at this stage but amazingly this intriguing game took another twist when Rathvilly put the cat among the pigeons with a goal in the final minute of normal time scored by Colin Byrne following good play by Michael Kelly and Brian Smith. Another Rathvilly point by Darren Murphy reduced the margin to 2 points and Rathvilly were not finished yet as a further point from Colin Byrne left only the minimum separating the sides. Tinryland supporters were on edge at this stage and when referee Billy Fanning finally blew the long whistle there was relief all round that we had qualified for another Co. minor final.
In the following game many peoples favourites Eire Og were defeated by a determined Palatine side and the battle for the Pat McKelvie cup on Sunday 12th October will be a repeat of the 2009 Co. final when our parish neighbours came out on top by 5 points.
Final score Tinryland 1-14 Rathvilly 3-7
Team: Ciaran Byrne, Bradleigh Nolan, John Murphy, Dylan Reamsbottom, Conor O’Toole, Cathal Gaffney, Fionnan Burke, Niall Lowry 0-5, Peter Hennessy 0-1, Ciaran Larkin, Andrew Hanley, James McGrath 0-4, Conall O’Se 0-2, Mark Lawlor 1-0, Conall Dunne 0-1. Subs: Dean Dunne 0-1, Conor McGrath, Adam Murphy, John Fleming.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland junior footballers were brought back down to earth on Friday 26th September when St Andrew’s reversed the result of the group game played only 16 days earlier to the tune of 26 points in the semi- final played under lights at the Fenagh training centre. St Andrew’s reversal of fortunes was in no small part due to the 5 changes they made to their team with Liam Cummins, Andrew Casey, Thomas Maher, Nathan Byrne and Mathew Cormac on the starting 15.
In the game a little over two weeks earlier Tinryland had the spoils wrapped up as early as the 16th minute when 3 early goals helped the men in blue and white to a 3-6 to 0-1 lead.
St Andrews gave Tinryland a dose of their own medicine on Friday scoring 3 goals in the opening quarter and limiting Tinryland to 3 points in that period. The St. Andrew’s improvement in the space of 2 weeks was based on a lightning fast start and dominance in most sectors. The Clarke brothers Shane and Jamie were the chief tormentors of Tinryland and between them they had scored 1-2 in the opening 8 minutes before Tinryland got on the scoreboard with an Alan Barrett point in the 9th minute. Tinryland managed two more points in the opening quarter but St Andrews virtually wrapped up the game with 2 more goals from full forward Dessie Dowling and wing forward Darren Crooks to lead by 3-5 to 0-3 by the 16th minute.
Good work by Dean Farrell and Alan Barrett set Chris Townsend up for Tinryland’s opening goal in the 18th minute but it was St Andrew’s who continued to impress scoring another goal via corner forward Andrew Kane and further points from Shane and Jamie Clarke before the half time whistle which left the scoreboard reading 4-7 to 1-4 in the Bagenalstown team’s favour.
When play resumed it was Tinryland who looked totally transformed in the opening exchanges scoring 1-2 without reply within 4 minutes of the restart. Great points from David Townsend and Alan Barrett were the curtain raisers to a brilliantly worked David Townsend goal in the 34th minute following good work by sub Gary Fields and Alan Barrett. Tinryland supporters in the sizeable attendance were probably hoping that a miracle was taking place at this stage but St Andrew’s composed themselves once again scoring a goal via Darren Crooks and further points via former European U20 1500m medallist Danny Darcy and Jamie Clarke to stretch their advantage to 15 points with 5 minutes remaining. During that 20 minute spell Tinryland could only muster one more point from Gary Fields as St. Andrew’s battened down the hatches to ensure their place in the final against either Eire Og or Askea.
Tinryland finished the match with a goal from David Townsend who scored 2-2 in total and an Alan Barrett point to leave the final score St. Andrew’s 5-13 Tinryland 3-8.
Tinryland: Adam Murphy, Stephen O’Sullivan, Kevin Barrett, Eddie Dowling, Gary Scully, Padraig Delaney capt, Dean Farrell, Gregg Murphy, Patrick Townsend, Padraic Whelan 0-1, Niall Barrett, Jack Lowry, Chris Townsend 1-1, Alan Barrett 0-3, David Townsend 2-2. Subs Gary Fields 0-1, Alan Kirwan, James Moore, P.J. Murphy