Match Reports

Rathvilly Minors set a marker for 2015 with a 2 point win in round 1 of the M.F.C.

posted 30 Jun 2015, 09:29 by

By Eamonn Byrne

Rathvilly minor footballers inflicted a second defeat in 2015 on title holders Tinryland in a high quality M.F.C. 1st round game played in Rathcrogue on Monday 29th June.

Having won their league encounter back in April the Wicklow border boys were confident travelling to the home of the league and championship holders and they got off to the perfec...t start when tall full forward Darragh Murphy converted a free given for a foul on centre forward Jake Elliot after only 90 seconds. Tinryland’s response was swift however and after Adam Mullen had won a free the ball was transferred to Killian Maher who laid it off to Keelan Gaffney who passed it to Conall Dunne and the Rathvilly net was rattled after only two minutes of play.

Back came Rathvilly and Martin Cole made it a one point game with an excellent score in the 3rd minute. Good work from Rory Doyle, Keelan Gaffney and a brilliant kick pass from Fionnan Burke resulted in a Conall Dunne point after 6 minutes before Rathvilly regained the lead with a goal from Martin Cole after a free delivered by Darragh Murphy was not dealt with by the Tinryland rearguard.

Corner forward Conor Doyle then extended the Rathvilly lead with a long range point in the 10th minute before Niall Lowry stepped up to convert a free in the 12th minute to leave only the minimum between the sides. Sixty seconds later the sides were all square once again when Conall Dunne slotted over another Tinryland point after great work by wing forward Keelan Gaffney who was having a good game for the boys in blue and white. Superb play from Tinryland’s other wing forward Conor McGrath resulted in a point scored by himself in the 14th minute before matters were squared once again when Rathvilly’s Brian Smith slotted over the equaliser after poor defensive play by Tinryland.

Ten scores in the first 15 minutes ensured that this game played in breezy conditions was a real championship affair but there was no other score for the next 7 minutes despite Rathvilly having two clear cut chances from frees which were sent wide by Darragh Murphy. In the 22nd minute a powerful save by Tinryland goalkeeper Ciaran Byrne denied Rathvilly full forward Murphy a certain goal before Tinryland missed two frees in the swirling breeze via Niall Lowry. The closing stages of the opening half saw Peter Hennessy slot over the lead point for the home team before Eoin O’Connor Byrne converted a free for Rathvilly in the 29th minute to leave the half time scoreboard reading Tinryland 1-5 Rathvilly 1-5.

When Ballon referee Billy Fanning restarted proceedings the home side were stunned within 40 seconds when Rathvilly sliced open the Tinryland defence with a goal out of the top drawer scored by Colin Byrne. It got even better for the visitors 60 seconds later when Michael Kelly extended the Rathvilly lead with another point but Tinryland’s response was positive and their best player Conall Dunne scored a superb goal in the 33rd minute after a great pass from Niall Lowry.

Cormac Kelly then replaced Peter Hennessy but another successful free from Darragh Murphy in the 38th minute was followed by more of the same from the full forward who scored two more points in the 41st and 45th minutes which extended the Rathvilly lead out to 4 points with 15 minutes to play. Tinryland knew they were in a game now and a few positional changes saw full back John Murphy move outfield with Niall Lowry moving into the half forward line. Tinryland were thrown a life line with eleven minutes remaining when Conall Dunnes attempt for a point hopped over the Rathvilly goalies head and it was game on once again. Seconds later Niall Lowry had a gilt edged chance to regain the lead for Tinryland but his shot hit the upright before Conall Dunne levelled matters for the 4th time with a great point after more good play by Fionnan Burke.

Both sides then went after the winner but it was Rathvilly that proved successful in the latter stages scoring points in the 25th and 30th minutes via Martin Cole and Darragh Murphy to take the spoils and set down a serious marker for the 2015 Carlow M.F.C.


Final score Rathvilly 2-11 Tinryland 3-6.

Tinryland had excellent players in John Murphy, Conor Ryan, Fionnan Burke, Niall Lowry, Keelan Gaffney and Conall Dunne who scored 3-3.

Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Dylan Byrne,John Murphy, Conor Ryan, Fionnan Burke, Cathal Gaffney, Rory Doyle, Niall Lowry 0-1, Peter Hennessy 0-1, Keelan Gaffney, Adam Mullen, Conor McGrath 0-1, Conall Dunne 3-3, Killian Maher, Bradleigh Nolan. Sub Cormac Kelly.

Junior B team find league leaders Ballon too hot to handle in second half

posted 6 Jun 2015, 07:24 by

By Eamonn Byrne

Tinryland Junior B team narrowly missed out on a semi -final place in division 5 after failing to defeat unbeaten Ballon in the final league game played in Rathcrogue on Wednesday 3rd June. In theory Tinryland would have had to overcome a score difference of 45 points to advance to the semi- final but the team can be satisfied with their improved performances in this division that saw them record wins over Palatine, Old Leighlin, Ballinabranna and Palatine together with a draw with Fighting Cocks who also made the semi-finals.

In Wednesday’s game an upset looked on the cards in the opening 20 minutes as Tinryland with wind advantage led by 7 points at one stage with the highlight of that period a cracking goal from the much improved Killian Maher in the 22nd minute. Opening points from Eoin Fields, Peter Hennessy and Paul Doyle edged Tinryland 3 in front before Ballon’s opening score arrived in the 12th minute. Further points from Peter Hennessy, Niall Scully and Ciaran Larkin together with Killian Mahers goal edged Tinryland 6 clear and when Killian pointed 4 minutes before the break a shock looked on the cards. Ballon however are not unbeaten for nothing and they re-grouped just before half time to rattle a goal and 4 points to leave the interval score Tinryland 1-8 Ballon 1-7.

When referee Enda Hulton restarted the play it was all Ballon and they had pulled 4 points clear mid- way through the second half. All Tinryland could manage in this period was 3 points from Killian Maher, Peter Hennessy and Garry Scully. When the final whistle was sounded the scoreboard read Ballon 1-17 Tinryland 1-11.

All in all it was a good season for the Junior B’s and with at least 4 players missing on Wednesday this team can look forward to the championship when they will face neighbours Palatine in August.

Team: Colm Nolan, Niall Fitzpatrick, Conor Ryan, Cathal Whelan, Niall Scully 0-1, Seamus Curran, Eoin Fields 0-1, Garry Scully 0-1, Peter Hennessy 0-3, Ciaran Larkin 0-2, Paul Doyle 0-2, Rory Doyle, Mick Delaney, Killian Maher 1-1, Mick Moore.

Junior B team defeat league leaders and move into contention for place in semi- final of Div. 5

posted 29 May 2015, 02:39 by

By Eamonn Byrne

Tinryland Junior B’s are on a mini roll at present and they chalked up another win in division 5 away to league leaders Ballinabranna on Wednesday 27th May. This win puts the team firmly in contention for a place in the knockout stages providing they win their final league game against Ballon.

After a slow start Tinryland found themselves 7 points down by the 18th minute following the concession of 3 goals in the 3rd, 10th and 15th minutes. Tinryland’s opening score came after 5 minutes when Michael Delaney pointed and a goal in the 11th minute from Peter Hennessy kept the men in blue and white in touch. The second quarter was much more productive as points from Rory Doyle, Conor McGrath (2), and a goal from the hard working Cathal Whelan brought Tinryland right back into contention. The half time score was Ballinabranna 3-2 Tinryland 2-4.

When the second half began Tinryland faced the strong wind and it was Ballinabranna that scored first with a point in the 31st minute. Tinryland then began to up the ante and points from the impressive pair of Killian Maher and Peter Hennessy levelled matters with 20 minutes remaining. Dylan Byrne who had entered the fray mid- way through the first half rattled the Ballon net in the 42nd minute and further points from Maher and Hennessy extended the advantage to 3 points with 10 minutes left.

The closing stages saw Tinryland consolidate the lead with a brace of further points from Peter Hennessy and Killian Maher and when the referee sounded the full time whistle the scoreboard read Tinryland 3-10 Balliabranna 3-5. Outstanding for Tinryland were man of the match Killian Maher together with excellent defenders Sean Kirwan, Niall Fitzpatrick Conor Ryan, Niall Scully, Seamus Curran and Rory Doyle. At midfield Peter Hennessy and Alan Kirwan were excellent while up front Cathal Whelan, Conor McGrath, Owen Fields, Alan Byrne, Killian Maher, Mick Delaney and sub Dylan Byrne were impressive. A word also for the mentors Mick Moore, John McCullough and Peenie Whelan who have done trojan work managing this squad for the league.

Team: Mick Moore, Niall Fitzpatrick, Sean Kirwan, Conor Ryan, Niall Scully, Seamus Curran, Rory Doyle 0-1, Alan Kirwan, Peter Hennessy 1-3, Owen Fields, Killian Maher 0-3, Conor McGrath 0-2, Cathal Whelan 1-0, Alan Byrne, Mick Delaney 0-1. Dylan Byrne 1-0.

Man of the match Killian Maher

McGrath the star man as Junior Bs hoover up another brace of points in Div.5

posted 21 May 2015, 13:22 by

By Eamonn Byrne

Tinryland junior B team maintained their good form when they defeated Fenagh in a competitive Division 5 game in Hogan Park on Wednesday 20th May. Fenagh got off to a lightening start in this game and were 4 points up within 6 minutes of the throw in. Tinryland’s opening score came from Mick Delaney in the 7th minute and was quickly followed by another point from Gary Scully in the 7th minute. By the 12th minute the side were all square following two Conor McGrath points and the same player edged Tinryland ahead with another point in the 21st minute. The Conor McGrath show continued 6 minutes later with another point which gave Tinryland a one point lead at the interval.

Half time score: Tinryland 0-6 Fenagh 0-5

When play resumed, Fenagh were back on terms with a point in the opening 5 minutes. An 8th minute barren scoring spell was broken when Conor McGrath with his 5th point, regained the lead for the men in blue and white. The crucial score of the game came in the 50th minute when Alan ‘Benson’ Byrne crashed the ball to the Fenagh net after a great pass from Killian Maher. Conor McGrath extended the advantage to 5 points when he raised a white flag in the 55th minute before two quick points from Fenagh left only a goal between the sides entering the final stages. The Tinryland scoring was completed two minutes before the end when Conor McGrath scored his 7th point and despite a late Fenagh rally that yielded two points, Tinryland improved their league position considerably on a final score of 1-9 to 0-10. Conor McGrath was the man of the match for Tinryland while other outstanding players were Sean Kirwan, Conor Ryan, Killian Maher, Gary Scully and Alan Byrne.

Tinryland team: Colm Nolan, Niall Fitzpatrick, Sean Kirwan, Conor Ryan, Niall Scully, Killian Maher, Barry Power, Alan Kirwan, Peter Hennessy, Gary Scully 0-1, Adam Mullen, Conor McGrath 0-7, Eoin Fields, Alan Byrne 1-0, Mick Delaney 0-1.

Tinryland minors retain league title with hard fought win over Eire Og

posted 19 May 2015, 05:46 by

  By Eamonn Byrne       

Tinryland minor footballers captured the Carlow M.F.L. division 1 title for the 2nd successive year with a hard fought win against Eire Og at Netwatch Cullen park on Monday 18th May. The boys in blue and white hoops won this match by scoring goals at vital times after Eire Og had raced into a 3 point lead in the opening quarter. The town team opened the scoring in the 1st minute when wing back Lee Nolan raised a white flag and further points from centre forward Evan Kelly and full forward Ross Dunphy showed that the defending champions would have to work hard to retain the Jimma Rea cup. Tinryland opened their account in the 14th minute when Conall Dunne pointed after good work by team captain John Murphy before Eire Og edged 3 points ahead once again courtesy of Lee Nolan. Tinryland midfielder Conor McGrath then scored one of the points of the game after good play by centre back Cathal Gaffney. Tinryland were now at last beginning to settle down and more good play from Cathal Gaffney resulted in a goal scored by Conall Dunne which put Tinryland ahead for the first time with 10 minutes remaining in the first half. This lead was short lived however as Ross Dunphy levelled matters in the 21st minute while at the other end Adam Mullen was narrowly off target with a goal attempt. Eire Og were back in front 2 minutes before the break when midfielder James Brennan slotted over their 6th point. The first half then ended on a high note for Tinryland when Dylan Byrne crashed the ball to the Eire Og net after super play from Killian Maher and Cathal Gaffney and the Y I’s were then dealt a further blow when recently introduced substitute Kyle Kenneally was red carded for an off the ball incident which was flagged by the umpire. The first half was then brought to a close by referee David Hughes with Tinryland leading on the scoreboard 2-2 to 0-6. 

When play resumed Niall Lowry was introduced for Adam Mullen but it was Eire Og who began to up the ante despite their numerical disadvantage. A James Brennan point in the 32nd minute left the minimum separating the teams before Ciaran Larkin extended the Tinryland lead back out to 2 points in the 35th minute. Eire Og then attacked in waves with Tinryland placing their extra man in defence. The Teach Asca boys were rewarded for their efforts when Dylan Salter pointed two frees in the 39th and 40th minutes to level matters. At the other end more good work by Killian Maher and Ciaran Larkin resulted in Conall Dunne bagging his second vital goal which gave the league and championship holders a 3 point lead mid-way through the half. Eire Og came back for more however and a goal was averted when Tinryland corner back Corner Ryan deflected the ball over the bar before action at the other end resulted in a Tinryland point from Ciaran Larkin after good play by John Murphy and Niall Lowry. Dean Dunne was then introduced into the action but another free by Dylan salter was converted to leave only 2 points separating the sides with 9 minutes remaining.

Sloppy play in the Tinryland defence then handed another point to Eire Og scored by Evan Kelly and when James Brennan pointed in the 54th minute the teams were tied once more and Tinryland had a serious battle on their hands to retain the league title. This team have been in many battles however and a superb Niall Lowry point after good work by Killian Maher and Ciaran Larkin lifted the siege and the icing was put on the cake when Ciaran Larkin slotted over his 3rd point from play after good play by Dean Dunne. Shortly afterwards referee Hughes sounded the long whistle and John Murphy reveived the Rea cup on the steps of the Lennon stand from Michael Doran and Pat Nolan of Carlow Co. Board. Tinryland had outstanding players in defenders John Murphy, Cathal Gaffney, Conor Ryan and Rory Doyle together with 2 goal hero Conall Dunne, Ciaran Larkin, Dylan Byrne and Killian Maher. Final Score Tinryland 3-6 Eire Og 0-13.

Team: Ciaran Byrne, Seamus Curran, John Murphy, Conor Ryan, Fionnan Burke, Cathal Gaffney, Rory Doyle, Conor McGrath 0-1, Peter Hennessy, Bradleigh Nolan, Adam Mullen, Ciaran Larkin 0-3, Conall Dunne 2-1, Killian Maher, Dylan Byrne 1-0. Subs Niall Lowry 0-1, Dean Dunne.

Tinryland stage a remarkable comeback with Mick Moore second half hat trick

posted 14 May 2015, 09:14 by

By Eamonn Byrne

Tinryland Junior B’s staged a remarkable comeback to share the spoils against neighbours Fighting Cocks with 3 second half goals from veteran corner forward Mick Moore in this S.F. Div. 5 clash in Rathcrogue on Wednesday 13th May. After a poor start to the game Tinryland began to get their act together in the latter stages of the 1st half and an Alan Byrne goal together with points from Adam Mullen, and Garry Scully put respectability on the scoreboard after the ‘Cocks had led by 7 points after 25 minutes. Alan Kirwan had opened the scoring for the home side with a point in the opening minute but a goal from Matthew Pearson and points from Keith Donaghue, Seamus Quirke, Jim Byrne, David Shanahan, Keith Bolger and Alan Joyce put the Rathoe team firmly in the driving seat before the home teams late first half rally. Half time score Fighting Cocks 1-8 Tinryland 1-4. 

A Paul Doyle point within 60 seconds of the restart narrowed the gap to 3 points but it then went pear shaped for the men in blue and white hoops as Fighting Cocks scored 2 goals and 2 points in a 5 minute spell to open up an eleven point advantage. Enter Mick Moore who then rattled the Cocks net in the 45th, 51st and 54th minutes to leave only 4 points separating the teams with 6 minutes remaining. The Fighting Cocks looked to have survived this fight-back when wing forward Alan Joyce extended their advantage back out to 5 points with 4 minutes remaining but another rally by the home side led by Cian Lawlor who had started in goal yielded a goal from the hard working Adam Mullen and points from Mick Delaney and Sean Kirwan before referee John Dunphy brought matters to a close after an entertaining hours football. In addition to goal hero Mick Moore and Cian Lawlor, Tinryland had other outstanding players in Rory Doyle, Sean Kirwan, Seamus Curran, Gary Scully, and Mick Delaney. Full time Tinryland 5-8 Fighting Cocks 3-14

Team: Cian Lawlor, Rory Doyle, Sean Kirwan 0-1, Cathal Whelan, Gary Scully 0-1, Seamus Curran, Niall Scully, Alan Kirwan 0-1, Adam Mullen 1-1, Owen Fields, Colm Nolan, Paul Doyle 0-1, Mick Delaney 0-2, Alan Byrne 1-1, Mick Moore 3-0.

O’Hanrahans dent Tinryland hopes of making knockout stages of S.F.L. Division 4

posted 12 May 2015, 10:19 by

 By Eamonn Byrne        

O’Hanrahans laden with former stars and upcoming young players proved too strong for Tinryland in this division 4 clash in Rathcrogue on Thursday 7th May. Despite scoring first when Padraig Whelan converted a free in the 3rd minute the home team had to play second fiddle for most of the hour as the Blues racked up their winning score of 1-18 to 0-6. Former Carlow senior star Mark Carpenter was the tormentor of Tinryland in the early stages scoring a goal in the 10th minute after Lee Walker had opened the scoring for the town team. With the O’Hanrahans winning the midfield battle where Phillip Nolan excelled the Blues kept Tinryland scoreless again until the 16th minute when Padraig Whelan converted a ’45 and the same player was the only Tinryland man to get on the scoresheet in the entire first half. Padraig added 2 further points before the referee blew the half time whistle with O’Hanrahans leading by 1-7 to 0-4.

The second half saw the Blues in cruise control adding another eleven points to their tally with Tinryland only managing a Dean Farrell point at the start of the half and a point from James McGrath in the 50th minute. Final score O’Hanrahans 1-18 Tinryland 0-6.

Tinryland’s final game in this division will take place away to high flying Askea at 7.30 p.m. on this coming Thursday 14th May with a win probably needed to make the knockout stages of Division 4.

Team: Jack Lowry, Eddie Dowling, John Whyte, Owan O’Gorman, Cian Lawlor, Padraig Delaney, Garry Scully, Gregg Murphy, Alan Kirwan, Eoin Fields, Padraig Whelan 0-4, Killian Maher, David Townsend, Dean Farrell 0-1. Subs James McGrath 0-1, Conor McGrath, Adam Mullen, Cathal Whelan.

Tinryland Junior B team find St. Patricks hard to handle in Bro Leo Park

posted 8 May 2015, 08:14 by

By Eamonn Byrne

Tinryland Junior B team travelled to Tullow to take on St. Patricks in round 6 of Division 5 on Wednesday 6th May.  The first 15 minutes of this game was evenly contested with St. Pats shading matters by 1-2 to 1-1 with Conall Dunne scoring the Tinryland goal after centre forward Lee Byrne had scored the opening goal for the home side after 7 minutes. The latter 15 minutes of the first half saw the floodgates open with the home team scoring 4 goals in a 9 minute spell via Paul Canavan, Blain Cosgrave and Willie O’Brien (2). At the other end Tinryland found it difficult to hit the target due to a stern Tullow defence and the men in blue and white could only manage 2 points in the entire half from Rory Doyle 10th minute and Killian Maher 4 minutes before the interval. During this period Tinryland kicked 10 wides and when referee Jimmy Lawlor sounded the half time whistle the scoreboard read St. Patricks 5-3 to 1-2 in favour of the Slaneysiders.

Tinryland began the 2nd half in more positive mode scoring 3 points in the opening 8 minutes from Mick Delaney, Killian Maher and Barry Power. At the other end goals continued to be leaked and a further two from Rory Jones and sub Noel Goss with his first touch gave Tinryland a mountain to climb with 20 minutes left on the clock. St. Pats added a further 5 points to their tally in the last quarter while Tinryland scored a consolation goal from centre back Seamus Curran together with a point from Cathal Whelan before referee Lawlor blew the long whistle. Sean Kirwan, Rory Doyle Seamus Curran and Garry Scully were Tinryland’s best performers on a night that will be quickly forgotton.

Final score St. Patricks 7-10 Tinryland 2-6. Tinryland have 3 games left in this division against Ballinabranna, Ballon and Fighting Cocks

Team: Colm Nolan, Adam Nolan, Sean Kirwan, Darragh Townsend, Rory Doyle 0-1,   Seamus Curran 1-0,  Niall Scully, Barry Power 0-1, Garry Scully, Owen Fields, Killian Maher 0-2, Cathal Whelan 0-1, Alan Byrne, Conall Dunne 1-0, Mick Delaney 0-1.

Tinryland minors defeat Palatine and qualify for league final

posted 5 May 2015, 11:46 by

By Eamonn Byrne                        

Tinryland the defending minor league and championship winners qualified for another league final with a comfortable victory over Palatine in Bennekerry on May bank holiday Monday.

Having lost their unbeaten record with a flat performance 8 days earlier in Rathvilly Tinryland despite fielding without the injured Niall Lowry looked impressive once again.

3 early points from Conall Dunne, the returning James McGrath and Peter Hennessy from a ’45 settled the boys in blue and white before Pal opened their account with a point from a free by Shane O’Neill in the 6th minute. The defence was doing very well at this stage with John Murphy, Cathal Gaffney, and Rory Doyle  turning over plenty of ball and delivering it quickly into the on song forward line that included Bradleigh Nolan who normally plays as a defender. At midfield Conor McGrath and Peter Hennessy were also on their game. Two successive points in the 8th and 9th from the impressive Ciaran Larkin extended the lead further before the home team doubled their account with a point from Cian Fitzpatrick following good play by Conor O’Doherty. The first goal of the game then arrived when Tinryland centre back Cathal Gaffney won possession and quickly delivered to Ciaran Larkin who duly despatched the ball to the Palatine net. It was all Tinryland at this stage and the remainder of the first half saw Conall Dunne, Killian Maher, James McGrath and Maher again all score delightful points following excellent play by the likes of John Murphy, Dylan Reamsbottom, Conor Ryan, Conor McGrath, Ciaran Larkin and Adam Mullen. Seamus Curran then replaced the injured Rory Doyle as half time approached. Half time score Tinryland 1-9 Palatine 0-2.

The second half was 7 minutes old before Tinryland scored again when Killian Maher pointed after possession was won by the returning Fionnan Burke. Palatine added their 3rd point 60 seconds later when Shane O’Neill pointed after good play by Adam Duggan and Cian Fitzpatrick. A brilliant individual point from Tinryland midfielder Conor McGrath who ran 40 metres after winning possession extended the Tinryland lead to eleven points before Palatine got their first goal in the 46th minute when substitute Olan Duff took advantage of a mix up in the Tinryland defence to leave the scoreboard reading 1-11 to 1-3 in Tinryland’s favour with 14 minutes remaining. It got even better for the home side 2 minutes later when Conor O’Doherty beat 3 Tinryland defenders before planting the ball in the Tinryland net past Ciaran Byrne and suddenly it was not comfortable any more for Tinryland who had been in cruise mode for a long stretch. Waking up from their slumber Tinryland quickly tagged on 2 further points in the 55th and 58th minutes via James McGrath and Conall Dunne the latter score set up by Dylan Reamsbottom who ran 80 metres before laying the ball off.

All in all this was a satisfactory performance from Tinryland who will now face old rivals Eire Og in the league final on a date to be confirmed. Tinryland used their full complement of subs in this game with Keelan Gaffney, Dean Dunne, Sean Regan, Tommy Dunne and Cuan Burke all making an entrance in the 2nd half. Full time score Tinryland 1-13 Palatine 2-3.

Team: Ciaran Byrne, Dylan Reamsbottom, John Murphy, Conor Ryan, Fionnan Burke, Cathal Gaffney, Rory Doyle, Peter Hennessy 0-1, Conor McGrath 0-1, Bradleigh Nolan, Adam Mullen, James McGrath 0-3, Conall Dunne 0-3, Killian Maher 0-3, Ciaran Larkin 1-2. Subs used Seamus Curran, Keelan Gaffney, Sean Regan, Dean Dunne, Tommy Dunne, Cuan Burke.

Tinryland Seniors gain their first points in S.F.L. Division 1

posted 4 May 2015, 03:01 by

By Eamonn Byrne

After a slower than normal start to the league Tinryland senior footballers finally got back to winning ways against Eire Og in Rathcrogue on Sunday 3rd May. Both sides fielded new look combinations in this round 6 clash with Eire Og missing up to 9 players due to Co commitments and Tinryland missing half of the 20 man squad that took the field in last season’s Co. senior championship semi –final against Rathvilly. Tinryland got off to a great start and showed their intent straight from the throw in. After Diarmaid Walshe was narrowly wide following a promising move within 90 seconds Mark Lawlor opened the scoring with a wonderful goal after great work by Andrew Hanley. A combination of poor final touches denied Tinryland extending their advantage at this stage but a brilliant piece of Cian Lawlor magic in the 7th minute finally proved successful when the wing back won possession in his own half and using his lightning speed soloed straight through the Eire Og defence before despatching the ball over the bar. Two minutes later Tinryland were 5 points clear following a Padraig Townsend point after good work by the Walshe brothers Cormac and Diarmaid. Eire Og then opened their account with a point from one of their best players Niall Quinlan before a great individual point from Tinryland corner back Adam Dunne extended the home team’s lead once again. Tinryland went six points ahead in the 14th minute following a successful free from Cormac Walshe after great interplay between Evan Doyle, Mark Dempsey and Diarmaid Walshe who drew the foul. Niall Quinlan for Eire Og and Padraig Whelan for Tinryland then traded points before Tinryland went eight points ahead following a pair of Diarmaid Walshe points following good work by Padraig Townsend and Cormac Walshe respectively. A Mark Corcoran point for Eire Og was cancelled out by a Cormac Walshe point for the men in blue and white before Eire Og staged a mini rally scoring the last two points of the half via Corcoran and Niall Quinlan. The town team were then dealt a blow when referee John Hickey issued a black card to full forward Keith Hession on the stroke of half time. Interval score Tinryland 1-8 Eire Og 0-6.  When the 2nd half began Tinryland recorded two wides from Padraig Townsend and Andrew Hanley before a brilliant Cormac Walshe point extended the lead back out to six points once again. Tinryland were playing wonderful football at this stage and Evan Doyle capped a good performance with a brilliant point after he won possession in midfield himself. Great defending by John Paul Moore resulted in another superb point from Diarmaid Walshe as Tinryland now led by 8 points with 20 minutes remaining. Paul Doyle was then introduced into the fray replacing Andrew Hanley as Eire Og began to enjoy their best spell with 3 unanswered points from Fiach O’Toole, Chris Blake and Mark Corcoran. The Doyle brothers Evan and Glen both scored excellent points for Tinryland in the 16th and 19th minutes to maintain a healthy lead of 7 points before Corey Harmon got one back for Eire Og with 10 minutes left on the clock. Padraig Townsend was then forced to leave the action with a hamstring injury and he was replaced by Jack Lowry as Diarmaid Walshe scored his sides 14th and final point with 8 minutes left. Eire Og are never beaten until the final whistle however and they staged a late rally scoring 4 unanswered points and saw a goal chance cleared off the line by Adam Dunne. Points from Corey Harmon (2), Mark Corcoran, and Cathal Kelly kept Tinryland on their toes before referee Hickey brought matters to a close after 4 minutes of stoppage time. Final score Tinryland 1-14 Eire Og 0-14.

Team: Trevor O’Reilly, Conor O’Toole, John Paul Moore, Adam Dunne 0-1, Matthew O’Toole, Mark Dempsey, Cian Lawlor 0-1, Glen Doyle 0-1, Evan Doyle 0-2, Padraig Townsend 0-2, Cormac Walshe 0-3, Mark Lawlor 1-0, Padraig Whelan 0-1, Diarmaid Walshe 0-3, Andrew Hanley. Subs: Paul Doyle, Jack Lowry, Padraig Delaney.

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