By Eamonn Byrne
The curtain came down on the 2013 season when Eire Og minors confirmed their supremecy over Tinryland when comfortably winning the Carlow minor league title at Dr Cullen park on Sunday 24th November.
Eire Og were never headed after taking the lead in the 4th minute after Diarmaid Walshe and James Brennan had traded points within 3 minutes of the throw in.
The first game changing score arrived as early as the 7th minute when Eire og were awarded a penalty which was clinically despatched to the net by their centre back Mark Furey. To their credit the Tinryland lads responded with points from John Fleming and Diarmaid Walshe who converted a free won by one of Tinryland’s best players Niall Lowry. The town team then tagged on 3 further points from Colm Hulton, Adam Murphy and James Brennan before Tinryland closed the first half scoring with points from Diarmaid Walshe (free) and Andrew Hanley. This left the scoreboard at half time reading Eire og 1-6 Tinryland 0-5.
Tinryland introduced U16 players John Murphy and Fionnan Burke into the fray at the interval having introduced another U16 member Peter Hennessy for the injured Dermot McGuill shortly before half time.
An injury to centre back Fiach Byrne resulted in another U16 player Cathal Gaffney entering the fray shortly after the restart. At this stage Tinryland’s best goal chance arrived but with the open net at his mercy John Fleming saw his attempt fly over the bar for a point. This was as close as Tinryland got to the Co. champions and a hat trick of points between the 35th and 46th minutes stretched the Eire Og lead back out to 7 points with 14 minutes remaining. Despite a quick point from Tinryland’s 5th sub Conall O Se it was Eire Og who sealed their victory with a well worked goal from corner forward Evan Kelly with 10 minutes left. This score gave the Y.I’s a nine point cushion and despite two consolation points from Diarmaid Walshe Eire Og were deserving winners on a final scoreline of 2-10 to 0-9 .
After this defeat Tinryland must look to any positives that can be taken from the game. The fact that seven under 16 players have now played a Co minor final must count for the future and after the U16 double this season and the minors reaching league and championship finals means that the club is progressing well at underage level which must stand for future prospects at U21, Junior and senior level.
Team: Ciaran Byrne, Luc Corcoran, Mark Lawlor, Dylan Reamsbottom, Conor O’ Toole, Fiach Byrne, Shane Webb, Owan O’Gorman, Adam Murphy, John Fleming 0-2, Diarmaid Walshe 0-5 3f, Dermot McGuill, Andrew Hanley 0-1, Ciaran Townsend, Niall Lowry. Subs Peter Hennessy, John Murphy, Fionnan Burke, Cathal Gaffney, Conall O’Se 0-1.
By Eamonn Byrne
Three weeks after enduring disappointment in the championship final replay Tinryland minors qualified for the minor league final when they came from behind to defeat Rathvilly at Bro Leo park in Tullow on Saturday 16th November.
From the throw in it was Rathvilly who looked the team that was up for this fixture played on an ideal day considering it is mid November .The Wicklow border side were first to the ball and by the 15th minute they led by 1-3 to 0-1 with Diarmaid Walshe opening the Tinryland account in the 12th minute following good work from Andrew Hanley. Rathvilly continued to carry the game to Tinryland but it was Ciaran Townsend who scored his sides 2nd point in the 18th minute following a great run from defence by Dylan Reamsbottom who was Tinryland’s best player on view. By the 23rd minute Tinryland had reduced the margin to a single point when Ciaran Townsend found the Rathvilly net following a pass from Diarmaid Walshe. The final act of the opening half saw the Rathvilly wing forward slot over an excellent point to leave the half time score Rathvilly 1-4 Tinryland 1-2.
At half time Tinryland introduced Conor O’Toole into the fray and within 60 seconds of the restart Brian Mullen had reduced the Rathvilly lead to the minimum when he slotted over an excellent point. Similar to the championship semi final between these two teams it was Rathvilly who scored an early second half goal to put the cat among the pigeons once again. Up popped Brian Mullen to score another point and when Ciaran Townsend converted a free in the 41st minute only 2 points separated the sides. Tinryland then introduced U16 player Peter Hennessy into the action and by the 44th minute only the minimum separated the teams once again after a point from Diarmaid Walshe. This score received a quick response from the Rathvilly boys who stretched clear by 2 points once again in the 47th minute. Like the championship semi final it was Tinryland who began to get on top in the closing stages and a free from Ciaran Townsend with 9 minutes remaining was followed by the equalising score from Diarmaid Walshe in the 58th minute. Tinryland then went in search of the winner and with 1 minute of normal time left Shane Webb like he did in the Co semi final slotted over the lead point. This was the first time in the game that Tinryland led and when Shane repeated the dose on the stroke of full time Tinryland were almost there. With the referee playing 3 minutes of stoppage time Rathvilly then went in search of a goal to salvage the game. A row developed on the sideline which looked to be getting out of control and at one stage the referee appeared to suffer as all hell appeared to break out. When things settled down one player from each side received a straight red card before the referee sensibly blew for full time. Tinryland will now face Eire Og once again next weekend in the League final but will have to improve considerably from todays performance to defeat the Co champions. Final Score Tinryland 1-10 Rathvilly 2-5
By Eamonn Byrne
Once again there was disappointment for Tinryland in a Co Minor final when the replay was played in Dr. Cullen Park on Saturday 26th October.
After almost doing the business in the drawn game hopes were high that the minor hoodoo would finally be exorcised this time around. Alas it was not to be once again as our old rivals Eire Og deservedly won their 31st title in impressive fashion.
The scene was set in this game as early as 13 seconds after the throw in when Eire Og’s
Dean Hayden opened the scoring with a well taken point. Tinryland’s response was swift with Ciaran Townsend passing to Andrew Hanley who slotted over the equaliser within 60 seconds. Eire Og then tagged on two unanswered points by the 5th minute via wing back Cathal Kelly and centre forward Adam Murphy. The first clear cut goal chance then fell to the town team and it took a brilliant Ciaran Byrne save to keep the ball out of the Tinryland net before Eire Og also squandered a second bite of the cherry when Evan Kelly hit the upright. Ciaran Townsend then missed a chance to reduce matters before good work by the same player and Dermot McGuill resulted in Diarmaid Walshe scoring Tinryland’s second point of the game in the 9th minute. This score however proved to be Tinryland’s last until the 5th minute of the second half which meant that we went a full 26 minutes without scoring. In that period Eire Og enjoyed their most productive spell tagging on 6 further points in a six minute spell between the 21st and 27th minutes. This scoring spree was dominated by wing forward Colm Hulton who accounted for four points with midfielder Ronan Lawler and centre back Mark Furey also getting in on the act. Tinryland did have a number of clear cut chances to add to their tally but the Eire Og
defence always seemed to smother the final kick of the boys in blue and white. Tinryland’s best goal chance mid way through the opening half fell to Niall Lowry but the corner forwards shot was saved by YI goalkeeper Craig White who subsequently won the man of the match award. A number of missed chances from open play and dead balls meant that Tinryland trailed on the scoreboard by 0-9 to 0-2 when the half time whistle was sounded .
When the second half began Barry Power was introduced for John Fleming and in the early stages he made an impact setting up Owen O’ Gorman for Tinryland’s 3rd point in the 35th minute and then getting in on the act himself when he blasted over a point in the 42nd minute. Alas this score once again proved to be our last of the half and the game and even though Eire Og failed to score until the 50th minute their blanket defence strategy kept Tinryland at bay and the McKelvie cup was well on the way to familiar territory long before the final whistle. The final 3 points of the game were scored by the winners via full forward Shane Noonan, Colm Hulton and Adam Murphy to leave the final score Eire Og 0-12 Tinryland 0-4 . Tinryland also introduced Kuba Dobosz, Conall O’Se and Brian Hosey before the end but at the finish we were second best on the day. All the club can do now is regroup for 2014 and at least we can look forward to playing at senior level once again while we should once again be competitive at minor level having won the U16 A championship this season.
Team: Ciaran Byrne, Luc Corcoran, Mark Lawlor, Conor O’Toole, Adam Murphy, Shane Webb, Fiach Byrne, Owen O’Gorman 0-1, Marcus Lawler, John Fleming, Diarmaid Walshe (captain) 0-1, Andrew Hanley 0-1, Niall Lowry, Dermot McGuill, Ciaran Townsend. Subs Barry Power 0-1, Kuba Dobosz, Conall O’Se, Brian Hosey
By Eamonn Byrne
There were jubiliant scenes in Dr Cullen Park today Saturday October 19th when Tinryland in dramatic fashion won the Tile n’Style Carlow U16 football A championship with a late goal by Dean Dunne that would have done justice to any final at any level.
Trailing Eire Og by a single point with 90 seconds of normal time remaining the corner forward crashed the ball to the top corner of the YI net to send the huge Tinryland crowd delirious with the roar from the hoops supporters almost lifting the roof off the Lennon stand. Within seconds Niall Lowry tagged on a point for Tinryland but in true Eire Og fashion the town team never gave up but they had to be satisfied with a point in the dying seconds before referee Pat Murphy sounded the long whistle which brought unbridled joy to the young Tinryland players, their mentors and loyal supporters.
This was a cracking game from start to finish on a greasy pitch made worse by heavy showers during the game on top of the deluge that hit Carlow on the previous day.
The game began with Eire Og’s Colm Hulton slotting over a point from a free in the opening minute. At this stage the town team were taking the game to Tinryland but the Tinryland defence were able to soak up the pressure until the 6th minute when Ross Dunphy doubled the YI account. Tinryland’s opening score came in the 10th minute when captain Niall Lowry converted a 30 metre free. Good defensive work by Fionnan Burke and Bradleigh Nolan and a super catch by Conor McGrath resulted in another Tinryland free which the accurate Niall Lowry converted to leave matters all square mid way through the opening half. Tinryland then hit the front for the first time and after good work from Killian Maher, Dean Dunne put Tinryland into the lead for the first time in the 16th minute. A brilliant Niall Lowry run through the centre in the 17th minute resulted in a successful free by the same player to stretch our advantage to 2 points. More great defensive work this time from Conor Ryan saw the ball being worked upfield once again and Dean Dunne who had a superb game throughout slotted over another point to leave the score after 20 minutes Tinryland 0-5 Eire Og 0-2.
Eire Og then began to turn the screw in an attempt to close the gap but the Tinryland defence initially refused to yield and some brilliant defending by Fionnan Burke, Conor Ryan and Seamus Curran kept them at bay until Ciaran Murphy eventually broke the grid lock to leave 2 points separating the sides 5 minutes before half time. Eire Og tails were up now and they finished the first half on a high scoring two points via Jody Murphy and Craig Snoddy to leave the scores all square at 5 points each when the half time whistle was blown.
Tinryland management team made a change at half time introducing Conall Dunne into the fray but it was Eire og who opened their 2nd half account when sharpshooter Colm Hulton converted a free kick. More outstanding defensive work by man of the match John Murphy, Conor Ryan and Cathal Gaffney saw the ball back up in the Eire Og half and Conall Dunne made an immediate impact when he equalised with a brilliant point in the 36th minute. Back at the other end a free was conceded which was once again converted by Colm Hulton but matters were all square once again in the 42nd minute when James McGrath who was being closely marked finally broke clear to slot over an important point. Tinryland then began to dominate with Peter Hennessy at midfield and wing back Dylan Reamsbottom outstanding and by the 46th minute were 2 clear once again following points from Conall Dunne and Dean Dunne. The Tinryland players as asked by their manager Martin Doyle now began to work like trojans and a brilliant interception by Ciaran Larkin was an example of their commitment to winning this match. Eire Og finally got a great chance of a goal with 10 minutes remaining but like he did in last weeks minor final Ciaran Byrne made another outstanding save to rescue matters for his team. Not to be deterred Eire Og continued to press and they were rewarded by 2 points in the space of 60 seconds from Colm Hulton (free) and Kelvin Corcoran to leave the scoreboard reading 9 points each with 6 minutes remaining.
The town team continued to seek the winning point and when Colm Hulton pointed with 5 minutes left Tinryland’s supporters hearts sank a little. As the clock ticked Tinryland strived for the equaliser but it was Dean Dunne who had the bravery to go for the goal and his screamer with 90 seconds left will go down in the annals of the club history. The insurance point then came via captain fantastic Niall Lowry and despite Eire Og’s late point the U16 cup was on the way to Rathcrogue where no doubt a lemonade or two will be drank to toast this great band of players and their team management of Martin Doyle, Nicky Ryan, David Larkin, Richie McGrath and Johnny Nolan. Final score Tinryland 1-10 Eire Og 0-11
Team: Ciaran Byrne, Bradleigh Nolan, John Murphy, Conor Ryan, Fionnan Burke, Cathal Gaffney, Dylan Reamsbottom, Peter Hennessy, Niall Lowry 0-4, Ciaran Larkin, Killian Maher, Conor McGrath, Dean Dunne 1-3, James McGrath 0-1, Seamus Curran.
Sub Conall Dunne 0-2.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland and Eire og minors must do it all over again after todays Carlow minor football final ended all square following a late rally by the Y.I’s just as Tinryland looked like breaking the clubs minor hoodoo.
Tinryland got off to a perfect start straight from the throw in when Niall Lowry won a free which was converted by Diarmaid Walshe. We could have been 3 points up inside the opening 5 minutes but for 2 wides by corner forward Ciaran Townsend who narrowly missed on both occasions. Eire og then levelled matters in the 4th minute when Cathal Kelly slotted over a point but we were back in front 60 seconds later following a sublime point by captain and centre forward Diarmaid Walshe. Eire og were back on level terms by the 7th minute after Owen O Gorman had conceded a free which was converted by Colm Hulton. A great catch by Adam Murphy in the 8th minute saw the ball being transferred to Andrew Hanley who dispatched it to Diarmaid Walshe who raised another white flag. Our lead was short lived however as Mark Furey scored a great point for Eire og to leave matters all square for the 3rd time within the opening 10 minutes. The town team who were seeking their 31st minor title then edged ahead for the first time when corner forward Shane Noonan pointed in the 11th minute. It could have been even better for Eire Og during this period of play as Tinryland goalkeeper Ciaran Byrne and his defence came to the rescue in denying them an opening goal. 3 minutes later Ciaran was called into action once again when he denied Shane Noonan of another goal chance.
By the 18th minute the sides were locked together for the 4th time after Dermot McGuill was fouled following a pass from John Fleming which was again converted by Diarmaid Walshe. This score proved to be our last of the first half however and in fact we were lucky not to concede a goal following a dispossession on corner back Luc Corcoran which ended up as a wide for Eire Og. As the second half drew to a conclusion Tinryland were guilty of more wides and by the end of the half we had chalked up 8 misses to Eire Og’s 4.
When play resumed the wide tally increased and by the 40th minute Tinryland had added 3 more to the list following wayward shooting from Diarmaid Walshe, Ciaran Townsend and Niall Lowry. 22 minutes had now elapsed since either team had scored and the duck was finally broken when Dermot McGuill won a free which was once again converted by Diarmaid Walshe. We then won another free when McGuill was once again fouled but this time Diarmaid was wide with his attempt. Midfielder Owen O’ Gorman then doubled the Tinryland advantage following great work from Ciaran Townsend, Shane Webb and Diarmaid Walshe and after Eire Og had missed a free at the other end it looked that Tinryland were at last beginning to dominate. Another dispossession in the Tinryland defence resulted in Eire og reducing the lead to the minimum once again. By the 47th minute Tinryland were back in front by 2 points following good work by Owen O’Gorman and Niall Lowry which saw Diarmaid score another point. Eire Og would not lie down however and the minimum separated the sides once again in the 49th minute when their sharpshooter Enda Hulton converted another free. With 9 minutes remaining the teams were level for the 5th time when Hulton repeated the dose from another free but within 60 seconds the game changer looked to have at last arrived in Tinryland’s favour.
A super run from the lightning fast Marcus Lawler resulted in Ciaran Townsend scoring a Tinryland goal after sub Brian Mullen had been denied by the Eire Og goalie and then the cross bar. Back at the other end Eire Og were denied a certain goal by a world class save from Tinryland ‘keeper Ciaran Byrne and when Diarmaid Walshe slotted over a free brought closer to goal for dissent Tinryland supporters dared to dream that the McKelvie cup was at last on the way to the Tinryland sideboard. Eire Og are never beaten however until the cup is past Walls Forge roundabout and in true YI fashion they threw the kitchen sink at Tinryland and were rewarded with a penalty which was dispatched to the net by centre back Mark Furey to leave the minimum separating the sides with 3 minutes left.
The town team then went lucking for the equaliser and were successful in winning a free which was converted by Enda Hulton to send the final to a replay on a date still to be decided.
This was a game which could certainly have been won but the handicap of 15 wides meant that Eire Og were still left in contention entering the final straight and as anyone knows they are past masters at pulling a result out of the fire.
Tinryland had outstanding players on the day in goalkeeper Ciaran Byrne, defenders Conor O’Toole, Adam Murphy, Shane Webb and Fiach Byrne together with forwards Diarmaid Walshe, Niall Lowry and Dermot McGuill
Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Luc Corcoran, Mark Lawlor, Conor O’Toole, Adam Murphy,
Shane Webb, Fiach Byrne, Owen O’Gorman 0-1, Marcus Lawler, John Fleming, Diarmaid Walshe 0-7 (4 frees), Andrew Hanley, Niall Lowry, Dermot McGuill, Ciaran Townsend 1-0. subs Brian Mullen, Kuba Dobosz
By Eamonn Byrne
U16 Football Div 1A semi final
Tinryland 6-3 Muinebheag 0-11
The old adage that goals win games was never more true when Tinryland U16 footballers qualified to meet Eire Og in the Co. final on Saturday 19th October at the expense of a gallant Muinebheag in Molaise Park Old Leighlin on Monday 7th October.
When the final whistle sounded in this amazing game Muinebheag had outscored Tinryland by eleven scores to nine but crucially Tinryland had bagged six goals during the hour which contributed to their 10 point winning margin.
Muinebheag were first to score when wing forward Jamie Clarke slotted over a point in the 2nd minute. Tinryland were quick to respond with Dean Dunne crashing the ball to the Muinebheag net in the 4th minute. Michael Gardiner for Muinebheag and James McGrath for Tinryland then traded points before centre forward Stephen Crowe left the minimum separating the sides when he pointed after 13 minutes of play.
Tinryland’s second goal then arrived after great fielding by their midfielder Peter Hennessy who transferred to James McGrath who rattled the Muinebheag net.
Instead of wilting however Muinebheag settled down to dominate proceedings for the next 10 minutes. Points from Jamie Clarke and a trio from full forward Liam Galway left matters all square once again entering the closing stages of the opening half.
It was then that Tinryland struck for 2 important goals with James McGrath and Ciaran Larkin both raising green flags to leave the half time score Tinryland 4-1 Muinebheag 0-7.
When play resumed the threatened rain finally arrived and Muinebheag’s task was made all the harder when James McGrath scored his 3rd goal and Tinryland’s 5th to stretch the lead out to nine points. That lead increased to 13 points when Dean Dunne scored his 2nd major following good work from Seamus Curran and Conall Dunne slotted over a point. Muinebheag were then thrown a lifeline when Tinryland centre forward Conall Dunne picked up his second yellow card and there was a quick response when Michael Gardiner pointed to reduce the margin to 12 points. The town then spurned a great goal chance when Darragh Lee’s effort was inches wide and after Stephen Crowe had scored another point the same player missed a gilt edged chance of a goal which would have reduced the margin even further. Taking heart from these misses Tinryland went back upfield and after winning a ’45 Peter Hennessy capped a fine performance with Tinryland’s last score of the game. The match ended with Muinebheag scoring the final points of the game when substitute Sean Haughney and full forward Liam Galway both raised white flags.
Outstanding for Tinryland were John Murphy, Dylan Reamsbottom, Conor Ryan, Peter Hennessy, Ciaran Larkin, Conor McGrath, Dean Dunne and James McGrath.
Muinebheag had prominent players in Jordan Condon, Adam Kehoe, Alan Whelan, Andrew Kane, Jamie Clarke, Michael Gardiner and Liam Galway.
Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Bradleigh Nolan, John Murphy, Conor Ryan, Fionnan Burke, Cathal Gaffney, Dylan Reamsbottom, Peter Hennessy 0-1, Niall Lowry, Ciaran Larkin 1-0, Conall Dunne 0-1, Conor McGrath, Dean Dunne 2-0, James McGrath 3-1, Brendan Quirke-Bolt. Subs Seamus Curran, Eamonn Murphy, Rory Doyle, Killian Maher.
Muinebheag: Keith Hickey, Jordan Condon, Dylan Nolan, Adam Kehoe, Andrew Casey, Alan Whelan, Darren Crooks, Andrew Kane, Roy Sheehy, Jamie Clarke 0-2, Stephen Crowe 0-2, Michael Gardiner 0-2, Darragh Lee, Liam Galway 0-4, Danny Doyle. Subs: Sean Haughney 0-1, Craig Hickey, Jamie Somers.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland minor footballers had to dig deep into their reserves to qualify for the 2013 Carlow Minor football final in overcoming a gritty Rathvilly side at James Morris Park in Ballon on Monday 30th September. In front of a sizeable attendance under the Ballon floodlights Tinryland really had to work hard against a side that they had easily beaten in the group stages of the competition.
Tinryland were first on the score sheet when lively corner forward Ciaran Townsend slotted over a point within 60 seconds of the throw in. The tally was doubled after another minute when team captain Diarmaid Walshe converted a free and it looked at this stage that the boys in blue and white hoops were in for a comfortable evening.
Nothing could have been further from the truth however and by the 4th minute Rathvilly had opened their account following a bad Tinryland kick out.
The first goal chance occurred in the 8th minute when Niall Lowry put Ciaran Townsend through but the Rathvilly goalkeeper made a great save which resulted in a missed ’45.
Tinryland were then dealt a blow as early as the 10th minute when midfielder Owen O’Gorman suffered a dead leg which forced him to leave the action 6 minutes later. Diarmaid Walshe then steadied the ship with another successful free kick before Andrew Hanly increased our advantage in the 13th minute following more good work by Niall Lowry. One of the scores of the match then followed and it fell to Rathvilly when their wing forward split the posts almost from the sideline. The Wicklow border team then enjoyed a purple spell and within 2 minutes they added another 2 points leaving matters all square 10 minutes before the interval. After a missed free from Diarmaid Walshe Barry Power replaced the injured Owen O’Gorman and Tinryland then got an inspirational score from Andrew Hanly to put us back in front once again. A Niall Lowry point in the 23rd minute was cancelled out by a Rathvilly point and a Diarmaid Walshe conversion for a foul on Niall Lowry was also matched by Rathvilly to leave the half time score Tinryland 0-7 Rathvilly 0-6.
When play resumed the wind which Rathvilly had in the first half died down and 2 quick points from them put them ahead for the first time as suddenly Tinryland looked vulnerable. Ciaran Townsend then took over dead ball duties and he slotted over a superb conversion in the 40th minute to tie matters once again only for Rathvilly to sweep downfield and win another free which was successfully converted. Tinryland then introduced Brian Mullen for Dermot McGuill and Shane Webb for Kuba Debosz and taking inspiration from the fresh legs Niall Lowry scored a superb point to tie the match for the 4th time with 14 minutes remaining. In the 47th minute Shane Webb did not wait long to make an impact and he slotted over the lead score for Tinryland. Rathvilly were then only inches wide with a great goal chance before Shane Webb once again made his mark with a sublime point in the 50th minute which left us ahead by 0-11 to 0-9. The latter score was the product of a great passing movement involving Ciaran Townsend and Diarmaid Walshe. Niall Lowry capped a fine performance by scoring his 3rd point of the evening in the 51st minute and when Ciaran Townsend drew another foul Diarmaid converted once again to leave the scoreboard reading 0-13 to 0-9 with 8 minutes remaining. Tinryland were hunting in packs now and the pressure was rewarded with 7 minutes left when Brian Mullen won a penalty which was superbly converted by Tinryland’s inspirational centre back Fiach Byrne. It looked curtains for Rathvilly now as Tinryland were now 7 points in front. Conall O’Se then replaced John Fleming who had a great game and Conall did not wait long to stamp his mark as he scored Tinryland’s final point of the game in the 57th minute. Rathvilly to their credit still kept trying and they were rewarded with a goal deep in stoppage time which left the final score Tinryland 1-14 Rathvilly 1-9.
The final whistle then sounded and Tinryland were in their 7th Co. minor final since 1999. The opposition on Sunday week 13th October in Dr Cullen Park at 2 p.m. will be old rivals Eire og who will provide a stiff challenge as Tinryland will attempt to win the McKelvie cup for the first time.
Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Luc Corcoran, Mark Lawlor, Conor O’Toole, Adam Murphy, Fiach Byrne 1-0, Marcus Lawler, Owen O’Gorman, Kuba Debosz, John Fleming, Diarmaid Walshe 0-4 frees, Andrew Hanly 0-2, Niall Lowry 0-3, Dermot McGuill, Ciaran Townsend 0-2 1 free. Subs Barry Power, Brian Mullen, Shane Webb 0-2, Conall O’Se 0-1.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland 2-14 Fenagh 2-6
Despite their eight point winning margin Tinryland U16 footballers were given one of their sternest tests to date by the home side at Hogan Park on Friday last. Unbeaten all season Tinryland had to dig deep in the closing stages against an energetic Fenagh who led at the interval by 1-5 to 1-4. After a bright start by Tinryland who opened with points from Conall Dunne and Niall Lowry (2) Fenagh got right back in the game with points from Sean Brennan, Sean McDermott and Michael Brennan. The home team took the lead for the first time when Tommy Dowling pointed in the 23rd minute and they stretched 4 points clear 60 seconds later when full forward Michael Brennan crashed the ball to the Tinryland net. Tinryland’s response was quick and Niall Lowry had the ball in the Fenagh net approaching half time to leave the interval score 1-5 to 1-4 in favour of Fenagh.
When play resumed Conor McGrath for Tinryland and Michael Brennan for Fenagh traded points. Tinryland then briefly regained the lead but Fenagh responded with another Michael Brennan goal that saw them back in front by two points with 15 minutes remaining. That score however was the cue for Tinryland to up the ante and 3 great points from Niall Lowry was followed by an Eamonn Murphy goal that sealed victory for the boys in blue and white. The game ended with Tinryland adding a further 4 points via Conor McGrath, Lee Kane and Peter Hennessy (2). Final score Tinryland 2-14 Fenagh 2-6
Best for Tinryland were Ciaran Byrne, Conor Ryan, Fionnan Burke, Rory Doyle, Peter Hennessy, Niall Lowry, Ciaran Larkin and Conor McGrath.
Fenagh had outstanding players in Sean Brennan, Tommy Bric, Aidan Hynes, Eoin Quirke, Sean McDermott, Michael Brennan and Jamie Wall.
Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Bradleigh Nolan, John Murphy, Conor Ryan, Fionnan Burke, Cathal Gaffney, Rory Doyle, Peter Hennessy 0-2, Niall Lowry 1-6, Ciaran Larkin, Conall Dunne 0-2, Conor McGrath 0-3, Dean Dunne, Adam Mullen, Padraig Webb. Subs: Brendan Quirke Bolt, Eamonn Murphy 1-0, Lee Kane 0-1.
By Eamonn Byrne
Despite playing some of their best football this year Tinryland senior footballers lost out in the end by 3 points to a good Kildavin-Clonegal side in the Carlow S.F.C. quarter final at Dr.Cullen park on Saturday 21st September.
This was a game that we could have won especially after getting a dream start in the opening minute when Shane O’Neill won a penalty which was brilliantly converted by Michael Mullen. Kildavin_Clonegal then rallied to score a goal from their centre forward Pauric Hickey and a point from sharpshooter Joe Roberts by the 5th minute.
A brilliant sideline kick from Cormac Walshe in the 9th minute was the cue for Tinryland to settle down and play attractive football for the next 15 minutes. A great Jeff Sutton point after good play from Michael Mullen and Shane Redmond in the 10th minute was followed by a Michael Mullen beauty 3 minutes later following good work by Danny Moran and Cathal O’Toole. By the 15th minute Tinryland had stretched clear by 3 points following a point by Shane Redmond following good play by Michael Mullen and Glen Doyle while by the 21st minute we were four points clear after Jeff Sutton had pointed following a passing movement involving Danny Moran and Diarmaid Walshe. With Kildavin-Clonegal being held scoreless during this spell of dominance Tinryland should have been at least 7 points clear as we were guilty of some very bad misses from dead balls and open play. Kildavin-Clonegal would have taken heart from the score at this stage and they began to eat into Tinryland’s lead when full forward Aidan Kelly slotted over a point in the 22nd minute. Good play from Conor Byrne and Diarmaid Walsh resulted in a free won by Shane O’Neill but Diarmaid was unlucky with the conversion but we went 4 clear once again in the 28th minute when Jeff Sutton who was having a stormer brilliantly pointed following great work by Shane O’Neill, Diarmaid Walshe and Cathal O’Toole. Kildavin corner back Mark Nolan then advanced forward to score a point for the Wexford border side and the Kildavin boys were only 2 behind when Pauric Hickey pointed at the end of normal time.With one minute of first half stoppage time flagged Kildavin-Clonegal tagged on another point to leave the half time score Tinryland 1-6 Kildavin-Clonegal 1-5.
When play resumed it was Tinryland who were first out of the blocks and following great play by Cormac and Diarmaid Walshe, Cian Moore and Jeff Sutton the ball was transferred to Cathal O’Toole who scored another beauty of a point. Tinryland however continued to clock up the wides and following another missed free it was Kildavin-Clonegal who broke downfield with Daniel St. Ledger winning a free which was duly converted by Joe Roberts. By the 39th minute the sides were all square once again following another successful free by Roberts and after another free by Diarmaid Walsh had hit the post Tinryland went back ahead by the minimum margin with a great Cathal O’Toole point following good play by Tinryland captain Shane Redmond. Paul Doyle was then introduced for Shane O’Neill but another wide from a free followed a foul on Cathal O’Toole. Joe Roberts then levelled matters in the 43rd minute when he converted a free to leave the scoreboard reading 1-8 each with 15 minutes left on the clock.
Kildavin-Clonegal were beginning to turn the screw on Tinryland now and they went ahead for the first time since the 9th minute when Roberts slotted over another point and they were two points ahead with 10 minutes remaining when Roberts converted another dead ball. It could have got worse for Tinryland at this stage when a penalty was conceeded but once again Trevor O’Reilly came to the rescue when he brilliantly saved Joe Roberts spot kick to keep our fading hopes alive.Five minutes of scoreless play then followed as Kildavin-Clonegal attempted to run down the clock but by the 59th minute only one point separated the teams once again when Glen Doyle converted a free for a foul on the advancing Conor Byrne. The announcer then indicated 3 minutes of stoppage time but it was Kildavin-Clonegal who finished strongest scoring two points via John Kirwin and sub Richie Sinnott to advance to the semi final on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-9.
As stated before this was a game that could have been won but the absence of suspended players Paul Broderick and Ian Scully together with the injured pair of Keith Jackson and Padraig Townsend and Evan Doyle (in Australia) proved to be too big a handicap to overcome. On the positive side it was great to see the young players on the team integrate well into the Tinryland play and we can now look forward to the new 8 team format for next years championship when these players and the returning ones from injury will once again be available. We can look forward also to the Co. minor semi final on Saturday next 28th September when Tinryland play Rathvilly in Dr Cullen park at 1 p.m. and also the Co U16 semi final when Tinryland will play Bagenalstown or Rathvilly on the first weekend of October.
Team: Trevor O’Reilly, Conor Byrne, Mark Dempsey, John Paul Moore, Danny Moran, Shane Redmond captain 0-1, Matthew O’Toole, Cormac Walsh 0-1, Cian Moore, Jeff Sutton 0-3, Glen Doyle 0-1, Michael Mullen 1-1, Diarmaid Walshe, Shane O’Neill, Cathal O’Toole 0-2. Subs Paul Doyle, Robbie Power.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland senior footballers got back to winning ways against Mount Leinster Rangers at Spellman Park Kildavin on Sunday 15th September with a great performance which qualified the team for the quarter finals of the Carlow S.F.C. This was a must win game for Tinryland after some indifferent performances in the championship to date. A loss on Sunday could have put us down to Intermediate for 2014. Instead we can now look forward to a quarter final in Dr. Cullen Park on Saturday next 21st September (4 p.m.) against high flying Kildavin-Clonegal.
As stated above this was a much improved performance from the lads especially after conceding 1-2 in the opening 6 minutes. From then on the team settled down to play some of their best football this year only conceding a further 3 points for the remaining 54 minutes. The only downside to the game was Ian Scully’s red card near the end which will result in him missing the Kildavin-Clonegal game unless the club can win an appeal this week. Ian was one of the stars of Tinryland’s win on Sunday with his fisted deflection to the net in the 17th minute bringing Tinryland level at 1-2 each after the Rangers had got a dream start scoring 1-2 in the opening 6 minute period. Tinryland’s opening points came from the boot of the Walshe brothers Diarmaid and Cormac in the 3rd and 12th minutes following good work on both occasions by Ian Scully together with Danny Moran. Ian’s 17th minute goal was the cue to up the ante and within a minute Tinryland were in the lead for the first time when Matthew O’Toole found the net. Points were then traded between Paul Cody for Rangers and Michael Mullen for Tinryland to leave the half time score reading Tinryland 2-3 Mount Leinster Rangers 1-3.
When play resumed Diarmaid and Cormac Walshe combined to slot over another point from Cormac but Rangers replied almost immediately to leave the scoreboard reading 2-4 to 1-4 in our favour with 20 minutes remaining. With word coming through from Carlow and Bagenalstown that results were going in our favour Tinryland then kicked on to play very attractive football. Michael Mullen recently returned from the U.S.A. then made a massive contribution in a three minute spell scoring 3 points out of the top drawer. His first of the trio was the result of good work from the recently introduced John Dwyer while his 16th minute point was the product of more good play by Ian Scully. By the 47th minute Tinryland led by 2-8 to 1-4 following a successful free by Cormac Walshe for a foul on the hard working Jeff Sutton. Mount Leinster Rangers then threw the kitchen sink at Tinryland in an effort to claw back the deficet but the defensive sextet of Mark Dempsey, John Paul Moore, Conor Byrne, Danny Moran, Matthew O’Toole, and Shane Redmond together with goalkeeper Trevor O’Reilly were equal to the task and playing like men inspired they limited the south Carlow outfit to a single point in the 54th minute. By that time the Rangers challenge was beginning to peter out but exchanges did become heated at times with some very questionable decisions. Tinryland ended the game in a blaze of glory scoring another great point from Diarmaid Walsh following more good work from Michael Mullen and the icing was put on the cake when sub Robbie Power crashed the ball to the Rangers net following great approach play by Matthew O’Toole who had one of his best games to date for the seniors and who seems really comfortable in his new found attacking half back role. His brother Cathal also played an important part as did Glen Doyle at centre forward and midfield ably assisted by Cian Moore and then John Dwyer who contributed well also for the last 20 minutes. Final score Tinryland 3-9 Mount Leinster Rangers 1-5
Team: Trevor O’Reilly, Conor Byrne, Mark Dempsey, John Paul Moore, Danny Moran, Shane Redmond (captain), Matthew O’Toole 1-0, Cormac Walshe 0-3, Cian Moore, Jeff Sutton, Glen Doyle, Michael Mullen 0-4, Diarmaid Walshe 0-2, Ian Scully 1-0, Cathal O’Toole. Subs John Dwyer, Garry Morrissey, Shane O’Neill, Robbie Power 1-0.