By Eamonn Byrne
Holders Tinryland suffered a severe setback in this year’s race for the Pat McKelvie cup when they were comprehensively defeated by a slick moving Palatine in Bennekerry on Thursday 27th August.
Only a mathematical miracle can now keep Tinryland in this year’s championship having already lost out to Rathvilly, Mount Leinster Rangers and Eire Og (walk over)
It all began so well for Tinryland in the opening quarter of this game when points from Ciaran Larkin, Niall Lowry, Conor McGrath and Dean Dunne in the opening eleven minutes gave the impression that Tinryland would triumph.
The game then dramatically changed in the 12th minute when Palatine scored a freak goal when Tinryland goalkeeper Ciaran Byrne had his clearance blocked by Conor Reynolds and the ball ended up in the Tinryland net. This score lifted the Cnoc Arda boys and between the 13th and 21st minutes they added 1-4 without reply including another opportunist goal from Brian O’Mahony that deceived Ciaran Byrne. A brief rally from Tinryland saw Rory Doyle slot over a point after good work from Ciaran Larkin, Dean Dunne, Killian Maher and Conall Dunne and when Niall Lowry converted a free and a 45 in the 28th and 29th minutes hopes were high for a Tinryland victory once again with only 3 points now separating the sides.
This was as good as it got however as Palatine took heart when the cross bar saved them from a Dean Dunne goal and sweeping up field they scored their 3rd goal via Conor Reynolds to lead at half time by 3-5 to 0-7. Tinryland were then given a mountain to climb when full forward Killian Maher was red carded for an off the ball incident just before John Hickey blew the half time whistle.
When play resumed it got even worse for the boys in blue and white as Palatine rattled the Tinryland net with a Niall Cawley goal and this game was well over as a contest despite consolation scores from Niall Lowry and Ciaran Larkin. Final score Palatine 5-10 Tinryland 0-11.
The minors have one more game against Michael Davitts on Monday next 31st August but it will take freakish results from other games in the championship to keep Tinryland’s slim hopes of progressing further alive.
Team: Ciaran Byrne, Cuan Burke, John Murphy, Conor Ryan, Fionnan Burke, Cathal Gaffney 0-1, Rory Doyle 0-1, Niall Lowry 0-5, Conor McGrath 0-1, Dylan Byrne, Adam Mullen, Ciaran Larkin 0-2, Conall Dunne, Killian Maher, Dean Dunne 0-1. Subs Bradleigh Nolan, Odhran Keenan, Sean Regan, Cormac Kelly, Rory Dunbar, Seamus Curran.
By Eamonn Byrne
Palatine’s 3rd team got the better of Tinryland’s 3rd outfit in a very entertaining J.F.C. (C) preliminary round replay at Netwatch Cullen Park on Tuesday 11th August.
Despite scoring the opening point via Conall O’Se after only 30 seconds the men in blue and white found themselves six points down by the 7th minute as the young and fast moving Pal team scored 1-4 without reply in a 4 minute spell. The Pal.goal was scored by centre back Conor O’Doherty with Sean Dermody (2), Conor Crowley and David Murphy also chipping in with points in that productive spell. Tinryland who included 8 minors in the starting 15 rallied mid-way through the opening half with points from midfielder Peter Hennessy, Mick Delaney and Eoin Fields. Taking heart from a bad miss by Palatine at the other end further well taken points from Mick Delaney, Eoin Fields and John Murphy reduced the margin to 2 points before the Cnoc Arda wing back Paul Harland put 3 points between the sides once again four minutes before the break. Another beauty from John Murphy gave Tinryland supporters hope but we were then dealt a blow when a penalty was awarded at the other end for a foot block which was hotly disputed. The referee stuck to his guns however and Conor Crowly calmly stroked the penalty past Colm Nolan to leave the half time scoreboard reading Palatine 2-6 Tinryland 0-7.
When the second half began Tinryland had introduced top sprinter Adam Murphy and minor player Dean Dunne into the fray and in similar fashion to the drawn game Tinryland started well. After a Pal.point by mid-fielder Darragh Fitzpatrick Tinryland produced the best move of the match with Adam Murphy and Mick Delaney linking well with Conall Dunne who rattled the net at the Dublin end with a brilliant goal to reduce the margin to a goal. Another superb John Murphy point in the 33rd minute gave Tinryland further hope but in similar fashion to the 1st half Palatine reeled off 5 unanswered points from Conor Crowley, Conor Reynolds, Cian Fitzpatrick, Niall Cawley and Sean Dermody to extend their lead to 7 points mid-way through the 2nd half. Two well taken Peter Hennessy frees narrowed the margin to 5 points but we were then dealt another blow when a Pal. attempt for a point rebounded off the upright and the Pal.forward was alert and had little difficulty raising a green flag to extend their lead to 8 points with 10 minutes remaining. Tinryland did not lie down however and within seconds at the other end Conall O’Se put the ball in the net after good play by half time sub. Dean Dunne. Goals were coming fast at this stage and Palatine scored their 4th in the 56th minute when mid-fielder Darragh Fitzpatrick raced through the Tinryland defence to leave 8 points separating the sides. The final two scores of the game were points for Tinryland by Conall O’Se and when referee Brian Deering sounded the full time whistle Palatine had progressed to meet Ballon on a final scoreline of 4-12 to 2-12.
Tinryland had outstanding players in goalkeeper Colm Nolan, Killian Maher, John Murphy, Peter Hennessy, Conall O’Se and subs Adam Murphy and Dean Dunne.
Tinryland: Colm Nolan, Conor Ryan, Adam Dunne, Killian Maher, Fionnan Burke, Cathal Gaffney, Rory Doyle, John Murphy 0-3, Peter Hennessy 0-3, Cathal Whelan, Alan Kirwan, Eoin Fields 0-1, Conall Dunne 1-0, Conall O’Se 1-3, Mick Delaney. Subs Dean Dunne, Adam Murphy, Niall Scully.
Palatine: Evan Gordon, Jimmy Fitzpatrick, James Kehoe, Jamie Purcell, Paul Harland, Conor O’Doherty, Mark Cullen, Darragh Fitzpatrick, Sean Dermody, Niall Cawley, Conor Crowley, Cian Fitzpatrick, David Murphy, Conor Reynolds, Eddie McGarry. Subs: Brian Rowan, Mick Bolger, Alan Hosey, Stanislav Jolondcovschi, Paud O’Dwyer.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland senior footballer’s championship hopes for 2015 evaporated at Netwatch Cullen Park on Sunday evening when they lost out to a determined Kildavin-Clonegal in round 2 of the Michael Lyng motors Carlow S.F.C.
Having already been defeated by Mount Leinster Rangers in the 1st round Tinryland needed a victory here to keep their championship hopes on track. It all began so well for the men in blue and white when midfielder John Dwyer won the throw in and burst through the Kildavin defence to score the opening point within 15 seconds. In the 4th minute Tinryland extended the advantage with a wonderful Mark Lawlor point after good play by Cormac Walshe, Conor Byrne and Cathal O’Toole.
Kildavin-Cl;onegal then opened their account with a point from their Co. man Dan St. Ledger and the same player levelled matters in the 7th minute after the ball was given away. St Ledger then had a number of failed attempts to put his side in front while at the other end Niall Lowry was wide with a free. Strong Kildavin-Clonegal pressure in the 13th minute yielded a point from St Ledger who then missed another free to extend the Wexford border team’s advantage. The sides were tied at 3 points each in the 17th minute when Diarmaid Walshe converted a free as Kildavin’s Mark Nolan was shown a black card for a foul on Cian Lawlor. Tinryland then went a point ahead with a great Diarmaid Walshe point from play. It could have been even better for the hoops around this time but two gilt edged goal scoring chances were squandered before Cian Lawlor put the ball over the bar to extend our lead back out to two points. We should have been further clear shortly afterwards but another free was sent wide while at the other end a free was conceded by John Dwyer which was punished once again when St Ledger converted to make it a one point game with 3 minutes remaining in the half. The pendulum then swung in Kildavin’s favour when corner forward Daniel Murphy levelled matters in the 29th minute before Dan St. Ledger regained the lead for his team on the stroke of half time. Half time score Kildavin-Clonegal 0-6 Tinryland 0-5.
When the teams emerged for the 2nd half Ciaran Larkin and Evan Doyle had been introduced into the action and within 30 seconds matters were all square once again when Diarmaid Walshe successfully converted a free. Cormac Walshe then regained the advantage for Tinryland with a great point before that man St. Ledger levelled matters for the 5th time with another successful free kick. Cian Lawlor then attacked the Kildavin defence at speed but Diarmaid Walshe was wide with his attempt as John Paul Moore was introduced for Matthew O’Toole. John Paul was only on the field for 4 minutes when his hamstring went again and he was replaced by Conor McGrath. The killer blow was then dealt to Tinryland when possession was lost and a defensive error allowed Dan St. Ledger crash the ball past Trevor O’Reilly to put his side 3 clear with 20 minutes remaining. St. Ledger then added a point to extend Kildavin’s lead to 4 points before Diarmaid Walshe made it a 3 point game when he converted a free won by himself. Cian Moore and Richie Whyte were then introduced for Glen Doyle and Cathal O’Toole as the scoring machine Dan St. Ledger slotted over another point from a free and when he repeated the dose in the 47th minute the signs were bad for Tinryland with 5 points now separating the teams. With Tinryland getting no change at midfield sub Richie White reduced matters to 4 points when he pointed with 8 minutes remaining and there were only 3 points separating the sides by the 54th minute when Diarmaid slotted over a free won by Cian Moore.
St Ledger then scored another point to bring his personal tally to 1-10 before Diarmaid Walshe with another free kick left only a goal between the sides entering stoppage time. Kildavin-Clonegal then decided to maintain possession in an attempt to protect their lead and they scored the insurance point deep into stoppage time when their full back Donal Hickey advanced forward to raise a white flag. Shortly afterwards referee David Hughes sounded the long whistle and Tinryland were out of the championship and now face a relegation battle against the bottom team in group 2 which is odds on to be Ballinabranna at this stage. Final score Tinryland 0-11 Kildavin-Clonegal 1-12
Team: Trevor O’Reilly, Matthew O’Toole, Mark Dempsey, Conor O’Toole, Danny Moran, Conor Byrne, Cian Lawlor 0-1, Glen Doyle, John Dwyer 0-1, Niall Lowry, Cormac Walshe 0-1, Cathal O’Toole, Diarmaid Walshe 0-6 5 frees, Mark Lawlor 0-1, Andrew Hanley. Subs Evan Doyle, Ciaran Larkin, John Paul Moore, Conor McGrath, Cian Moore, Richie Whyte 0-1
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland’s No 1 Junior team recorded their second successive win in the Carlow J.F.C. (B) championship when they accounted for Mount Leinster Rangers at the Netwatch training centre in Fenagh on Thursday 6th August. This win ensures that the team will compete in the quarter final and if they can beat table toppers Askea in 2 week’s they will progress automatically to the semi-final.
The men in blue and white were never headed after full forward Jack Lowry had slotted over the opening point after 90 seconds. Rangers centre back Luke Roche levelled matters in the 4th minute before Kevin Barrett regained the lead for Tinryland following good play by Adam Mullen and Garry Fields. Rangers wing forward David Murphy then squared matters once again in the 10th minute but that was as good as it got for the dual club who have already defeated our seniors and minors in championship football this season.
Jack Lowry in the 11th minute and Gregg Murphy two minutes later extended the Tinryland lead out to 2 points following great play by Padraic Townsend and Dean Farrell and when the returning Owan O’Gorman scored a beauty mid- way through the half Tinryland looked well on their way to a victory.
Two superb goals in the 19th and 21st minutes from David Townsend and Jack Lowry put 8 points between the sides. The first goal was the product of great play by Garry Scully and Kevin Barrett while Jack Lowry’s 3 pointer involved the best move of the game with Eddie Dowling, Peter Doran, Padraig Delaney and Garry Fields all contributing. Tinryland tagged on 2 more points before half time from Lowry and Farrell after impressive play involving Owan O’Gorman and Sean Kirwan who was once again rock solid in defence. Rangers closed the first half scoring when Luke Roche raised a white flag. Half time score Tinryland 2-6 Mount Leinster Rangers 0-5
During that first half Tinryland also squandered many chances with wrong passing options being taken and a total of 9 wides being recorded.
When referee Enda Hulton re-started proceedings Tinryland resumed where they had left off with Dean Farrell slotting over a point in the 32nd minute following a movement involving Jack Lowry and David Townsend. David then got in on the scoring act when he crashed the ball to the Rangers net after a good passage of play involving team captain Eddie Dowling and Owan O’Gorman who played well throughout. It could have been even better for Tinryland at this stage but Jack Lowry squandered a gilt edged goal chance with only Rangers goalie Paul Foley to beat. Rangers briefly upped their game at this stage scoring two points from Shane O’Neill but when Garry Fields replied with a point at the Fenagh end of the ground the southerners challenge all but evaporated and Tinryland tagged on 6 more points via David Townsend (2), Dean Farrell (2), Luke Nolan and Gregg Murphy before the referee brought a halt to proceedings. Final score Tinryland 3-14 Mount Leinster Rangers 0-7.
All in all this was a good performance from the men in blue and white albeit against a very limited Rangers squad. One worrying aspect of the game was the amount of wides kicked and the large amount of possession lost which is sure to be punished by stronger opposition. Outstanding for Tinryland were Eddie Dowling, Peter Doran, Sean Kirwan and Garry Scully in defence together with midfielders Padraig Townsend and Gregg Murphy. Up front Owan O’Gorman, Jack Lowry and David Townsend were always a threat.
Team: Ciaran Byrne, Eddie Dowling, Peter Doran, Sean Kirwan, Garry Scully, Padraig Delaney, Adam Mullen, Gregg Murphy 0-2, Padraic Townsend, Owan O’Gorman 0-1, Dean Farrell 0-3, Kevin Barrett 0-1, Garry Fields 0-1, Jack Lowry 1-3, David Townsend 2-2. Subs John Jackson, Luke Nolan 0-1.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland’s 2ndJunior squad staged a remarkable comeback in the J.F.C. (C) preliminary round against Palatine at Pairc Ui Bhrian on Tuesday 4th August having trailed their neighbours by 13 points with 25 minutes of the match remaining. A disastrous opening 7 minute spell left the men in blue and white hoops 10 points down after 3 soft goals were conceded in a 3 minute nightmare spell between the 4th and 7th minutes. Goals from Conor O’Doherty, Eddie McGarry and Cormac Duff left the Tinryland men with a mountain to climb and by the 22nd minute Tinryland were 12 points in arrears and seemed dead and buried. Tinryland’s meagre 1st half tally of 6 points did not reflect the effort the team were putting in. Those first half scores came from Conall O’Se (2), John Murphy from the full back line (2), Conor McGrath and Mick Delaney. At half time with the scoreboard reading 3-7 to 0-6 in favour of the Cnoc Arda team Tinryland mentors made an inspired move switching full back John Murphy into the centre forward position. It seemed to be more of the same in the opening minutes of the 2nd half as Palatine centre back Conor O’Doherty rattled the Tinryland net for the 4th time to give the Bennekerry based team a 13 point lead. John Murphy then started the amazing comeback when he crashed a magnificent goal past Evan Gordan having received a sublime pass from Conall O’Se. Within 60 seconds Murphy repeated the dose in identical fashion and suddenly Tinryland hopes were raised with the Pal lead now down to 7 points and 24 minutes still left to play.
Palatine midfielder Adam Duggan then steadied the Cnoc Arda ship with a great long distance point in the 38th minute before Conor McGrath matched this score with a wonderful point after good work by Tinryland midfielder Peter Hennessy. Tinryland were definitely beginning to get on top at this stage and another John Murphy point in the 41st minute left only 6 points separating the teams. Palatine rallied once again when centre forward Niall Cawley pointed in the 46th minute but amazingly this was to be their last score as Tinryland began to throw the kitchen sink at their neighbours. Another John Murphy point in the 48th minute was followed by 2 successful frees from Conor McGrath and with 4 minutes remaining the Pal lead was down to 3 points. It was all Tinryland now and within 30 seconds points from Mick Delaney and a beauty from McGrath left only the minimum separating the teams with both sets of supporters and mentors looking at their watches.
With almost the last passage of play the Tinryland comeback was completed when man of the match John Murphy lofted over the equaliser to cap a magnificent individual performance by himself and a great show of guts by the entire panel of just 17.
Apart from the magnificent Murphy Tinryland had outstanding other performers in fellow minors Peter Hennessy, Conor McGrath, Killian Maher Conor Ryan together with goalkeeper Colm Nolan, Conall O Se and Adam Dunne. Right on the stroke of full time a palatine player was given a straight red card by referee Billy Fanning. Final score Tinryland 2-15 Palatine 4-9. The replay will probably take place in the next week or so and it should be another great occasion for the followers of both teams.
Tinryland: Colm Nolan, Conor Ryan, John Murphy 2-5, Niall Fitzpatrick, Cormac Kelly, Adam Dunne, Rory Doyle, Peter Hennessy, Conor McGrath 0-5, Eoin Fields, Killian Maher, Cathal Whelan, Conall O’Se 0-3, Dermot McGuill, Mick Delaney 0-2. Subs Alan Byrne, Niall Scully.
Palatine; Evan Gordon, David Barron, James Kehoe, Dylan Cotter, Mark Cullen 0-1, Conor O’Doherty 2-0, Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Adam Duggan 0-1, Sean Dermody 0-1, David Murphy 0-1, Niall Cawley 0-1, Paud O’Dwyer, Eddie McGarry 1-0, Conor Reynolds 0-1, Cormac Duff 1-2.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland minor footballers suffered their 2nd reversal in the league stages of this year’s Carlow M.F.C. when they went down to a strong Mount Leinster Rangers team in Borris on Bank Holiday Monday 3rd August on the 4th round. Having already lost to Rathvilly in the opening round the defending champions cannot afford any more slip ups as they attempt to reach the semi-final for the 4th successive year. The home side who were never headed in this game opened the scoring after 60 seconds when impressive full forward Chris Nolan converted a free. Three minutes later Conor McGrath with a great point levelled matters after good work by Niall Lowry and Ciaran Larkin.
Rangers continued to press and despite playing against the strong wind they were back in front by the 6th minute when Chris Nolan converted another free. It got even better for the dual club one minute later when Shane O’Neill rattled the Tinryland net before Dean Dunne put three points separating the sides after good play by Adam Mullen and Killian Maher for Tinryland. Peter Hennessy then scored a long distance point that hopped over the M.L.R. goalkeepers hands and by the 14th minute only one point separated the teams once again when Cathal Gaffney and Peter Hennessy linked up to put Conor McGrath through for his second point. Mid way through the opening half Rangers mid fielder Tony Lawlor sent over another point for the south Carlow team before Cormac Kelly raised a white flag at the Borris end of the ground following good play by Fionnan Burke, Niall Lowry, Killian Maher and Adam Mullen. In the 20th minute the sides were all square for the 2nd time when Ciaran Larkin slotted over a magnificent point after good play by Cormac Kelly and Adam Mullen but this score proved to be Tinryland’s last of the first half as the home side rattled the Tinryland net in the 24th minute via Chris Nolan and tagged on another point in the 26th minute to leave the half time score Mount Leinster Rangers 2-4 Tinryland 0-6.
Tinryland began the second half in determined mood and another Conor McGrath point within 30 seconds of the throw in gave the blue and white supporters hope. Early pressure by Tinryland yielded 4 quick frees but all we could show for our efforts was a solitary point by Niall Lowry to reduce the margin to 2 points. Tinryland did have two gilt edged goal chances at this stage but efforts from Cathal Gaffney and Adam Mullen were both narrowly wide and it was Rangers that took heart at this stage slotting over a point in the 43rd minute from Tony Lawlor. A brilliant free kick from Niall Lowry in the 47th minute made it a two point game once again but Rangers responded with a quick point at the other end. Mount Leinster Rangers then began to turn the screw and they were deprived of a certain goal when Tinryland goalkeeper Ciaran Byrne narrowed the angle to in a one on one situation with a Rangers forward. It got even better for the home side by the 52nd minute when their centre forward Gary Lawlor scored his side’s 3rd goal and Tinryland’s woes were compounded shortly afterwards when midfielder Peter Hennessy received a straight red card from referee John Thompson. In the closing stages Niall Lowry converted a free to reduce the margin to 5 points before referee Thompson sounded the full time whistle. Final score Mount Leinster Rangers 3-6 Tinryland 0-10
Team: Ciaran Byrne, Cuan Burke, John Murphy, Conor Ryan, Fionnan Burke, Cathal Gaffney, Rory Doyle, Niall Lowry 0-3, Peter Hennessy 0-1, Cormac Kelly 0-1, Ciaran Larkin 0-1, Conor McGrath 0-3, Killian Maher, Adam Mullen, Dean Dunne 0-1. Subs Dylan Byrne, Keelan Gaffney.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland U21 footballers qualified for the Carlow U21 football semi-final when they overcame a strong Rathvilly outfit at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday 1st August.
The eventual winners trailed the Wicklow border side at the interval after a low scoring first half that saw the men in blue and white squander numerous chances. Rathvilly opened the scoring in the 1st minute when Conor O’Brien slotted over a great point. This score was cancelled out 60 seconds later when Niall Lowry who was operating at wing back converted a 40 metre free which was won by Cian Lawlor the Tinryland captain. Tinryland’s defence was doing very well at this stage of the game but up front chances were squandered with a litany of wides and ball being kicked into the Rathvilly keepers hands. Tinryland were running at the Rathvilly men during this period but wrong options were taken and possession was lost before a score could be attempted. Tinryland’s second score eventually arrived in the 14th minute when Niall Lowry converted another free after good play by Shane Webb, John Dwyer and Diarmaid Walshe. It got even better for the team in blue and white over the next 3 minute period with Mark Lawlor slotting over a point after good play by his brother Cian and Fionnan Burke. Tinryland midfielder John Dwyer then showed his class when he won the Rathvilly kickout and burst through the defence to slot over a point. Rathvilly however were always a threat when they had possession and their full forward Martin Cole reduced the Tinryland lead to 2 points in the 17th minute. Tinryland continued to squander chances at the other end and the minimum separated the sides by the 20th minute when Rathvilly midfielder Brian Smith raised a white flag from a free kick conceded by Cian Lawlor. Tinryland continued to take wrong options at this stage and were being dispossessed all too easily. Rathvilly had a clear cut goal chance in the 25th minute but Mark Lawlor saved the day. Two minutes later Rathvilly eventually breached the Tinryland defence when towering full forward Martin Cole picked up a breaking ball and rattled the Tinryland net to put his side two points clear with 3 minutes left in the half. Andrew Hanley then made it a one point game when he slotted over a point following more good play by Cian Lawlor before referee John Hickey sounded the half time whistle. Half Time score Rathvilly 1-3 Tinryland 0-5.
When Tinryland emerged from the dressing room Peter Hennessy had replaced Conor McGrath and a determined Tinryland were level within 90 seconds when Diarmaid Walshe pointed after great play by Niall Lowry. Mark Lawlor who played well throughout then regained the lead for his team when he scored a point after linking well with Diarmaid Walshe. At the other end the Tinryland backs were hoovering up any Rathvilly threat with excellent tackles being made by John Murphy, Cathal Gaffney, Fionnan Burke and the rock solid corner back Sean Kirwan which gave great protection to hoops goalie Ciaran Byrne. In the 38th minute Diarmaid Walshe extended the lead to two points following great play by the Lawlor brothers Cian and Mark but Tinryland continued to miss chances and by the mid- way stage of the second half had added a further six wides to their half time tally of 5. The screw was beginning to be turned however with John Dwyer making some great catches at mid-field and a great point from Niall Lowry with his left foot in the 43rd minute extended the lead out to 3 points. Three more wides from Conor O’Toole, Diarmaid Walshe and Andrew Hanley then followed before Diarmaid made it a 4 point game when he raised a white flag after a great pass from Ciaran Larkin. Rathvilly continued to press but the Tinryland defence well marshalled by full back John Murphy remained composed. With 11 minutes remaining Rathvilly got their only second half score when mid-fielder Brian Smith converted a free to leave only 3 points separating the sides. This was as near as they got to Tinryland though and the closing ten minutes saw Tinryland up the gears scoring 2 quick points in a two minute spell via Andrew Hanley and Ciaran Larkin after excellent play from Diarmaid Walshe, Mark Lawlor and John Dwyer. The icing was then applied to the cake with 6 minutes remaining with a super Ciaran Larkin goal as Tinryland rang the changes from the bench introducing Dean Dunne, Adam Dunne, Garry Scully and Conall O’Se into the action. Proceedings were then brought to a close with a successful free converted by Niall Lowry as Tinryland ran out winners on a scoreline of 1-13 to 1-4.
Tinryland will now meet old rivals Eire Og in the semi- final but will have to improve their accuracy as the total wide tally at the end was 13.
Team : Ciaran Byrne, Cathal Gaffney, John Murphy, Sean Kirwan, Fionnan Burke, Shane Webb, Niall Lowry 0-4, John Dwyer 0-1, Mark Lawlor 0-2, Conor McGrath, Cian Lawlor captain, Ciaran Larkin 1-1,Diarmaid Walshe 0-3, Conor O’Toole, Andrew Hanley 0-2. Subs Peter Hennessy, Garry Scully, Dean Dunne, Adam Dunne, Conall O’Se.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland Junior footballers made a good start to the Junior B championship campaign when they accounted for a gritty Naomh Eoin side at Spellman Park Kildavin on Thursday 30th July.
This game was won in the opening half by the men in blue and white hoops as they raced into a 5 point lead within 6 minutes of the throw in. Alan Barrett accounted for the opening 3 points which were the product of great interplay by Dean Farrell, Andrew Hanley, David Townsend and Gregg Murphy. The impressive Hanley then scored the next 2 points himself following good play by Dean Farrell, Eddie Dowling, Padraic Townsend and David Townsend. Indeed Tinryland could have been further ahead at this stage but for some inaccurate shooting which resulted in 8 first half wides by the eventual winners.
Naomh Eoin opened their account in the 10th minute when centre forward Eanna Kavanagh raised a white flag. Garry Fields increased the Tinryland advantage to 5 points once again when he slotted over a point in the 16th minute before Colin Rea converted a free for the Myshall men. A quickly taken free at the other end by David Townsend resulted in another Garry Fields point before Rea clawed one back for Naomh Eoin with 9 minutes remaining in the first half.
One of the best scores of the game then arrived when following good play by Padraic Townsend, Garry Scully and Dean Farrell, David Townsend scored a point to increase the Tinryland lead to 5 points once again. Cillian McCabe who was Naomh Eoin’s best player on the night made it a 4 point game before the final act of the half was a superbly worked goal by Andrew Hanley following excellent play by Adam Mullen, Garry Fields and David Townsend. Half Time score Tinryland 1-8 Naomh Eoin 0-4.
A lower scoring second half saw David Townsend and Colin Rea trade points in the opening ten minutes before Killian McCabe for Naomh Eoin and Padraic Townsend for Tinryland did likewise in the 41st and 42nd minutes. Tinryland then got a crucial score when a superb long delivery by Padraic Townsend put namesake David through one on one with the Naomh Eoin goalie and Tinryland were suddenly 10 points clear with 17 minutes remaining. This score however was to be the last of the game for Tinryland as they took up a more defensive formation to try and protect their lead. In a low enough scoring final quarter Naomh Eoin narrowed the Tinryland lead to 5 points with a goal from James Kehoe and a pair of points from frees by Killian McCabe. In all Tinryland kicked 12 wides in the game and this is an aspect they will have to work on before their next championship encounter on Thursday next 6th August against Mount Leinster Rangers in Ballon at 7.30 p.m.
Outstanding for Tinryland were Eddie Dowling, Sean Kirwan, Adam Mullen, Andrew Hanley, Padraic Townsend, Shane O’Neill and David Townsend.
Eoin Murphy, Matthew Roberts, Cillian McCabe, Eanna Kavanagh and Colin Rea were prominent for the Naomh Eoin men.
Final score Tinryland 2-10 Naomh Eoin 1-8.
Team: Ciaran Byrne, Eddie Dowling captain, Peter Doran, Sean Kirwan, Garry Scully, Padraig Delaney, Adam Mullen, Andrew Hanley 1-2, Gregg Murphy, Padraic Townsend 0-1, Shane O’Neill, Dean Farrell, Garry Fields 0-2, Alan Barrett 0-3, David Townsend 1-2. Subs Luke Nolan, Kevin Barrett.
By Eamonn Byrne
The old saying when describing many games that it was a game of 2 halves can certainly be applied to this M.F.C. 3rd round fixture played in Rathcrogue on Monday 27th July. On an evening more like one from late autumn or early winter, Tinryland with a strong wind in their backs were totally dominant in the first half and the game looked to be well over as a contest long before referee Seamus Doyle sounded the half time whistle. The home side raced into an early lead with a pair of points from dead balls scored by Niall Lowry in the opening six minutes followed by another point from Dean Dunne and another Niall Lowry conversion in the 9th minute. When Adam Mullen raised a green flag in the 10th minute Tinryland were already 7 points ahead and there appeared to be no comeback from the Fenagh boys as the Tinryland defence completely snuffed out any threat on the rare occasions that they advanced forward. By the 20th minute Tinryland had stretched into a 13 point advantage with further white flags being raised by Peter Hennessy, Conor McGrath, Niall Lowry, Killian Maher and Ciaran Larkin (2). Maher added another point in the 22nd minute to add to the Tinryland lead. Six minutes before the break Fenagh finally got on the scoresheet when their lively no. 7 Billy Nolan converted a free but this score was quickly matched by a Cormac Kelly point for Tinryland after good play by Tinryland full back Conor Ryan. Fenagh however were beginning to find their feet at last and when corner forward Eoin McDonough pointed in the 29th minute you could see the confidence levels rising and it took a wonderful Ciaran Byrne save in the 30th minute to deny the Fenagh boys a goal that would really have given them a platform for the second half with the wind strength rising. The closing act of the 2nd half saw Tinryland midfielder Peter Hennessy slot over another point to leave the half time score Tinryland 1-13 Fenagh 0-2.
When play resumed Fenagh with the strong wind in their back quickly began to try and reduce the 14 point defecit and after a wide was registered in the 32nd minute Billy Nolan opened their second half account one minute later and this was quickly followed by another scored by their influential centre forward Dylan Bradley. Ciaran Byrne was then called upon again to make another fine save but it was all Fenagh now and Billy Nolan scored another point in the 37th minute to reduce Tinryland’s lead to 12 points. Lee Kane then replaced Ciaran Larkin for Tinryland as Sean O’Rourke and Mark Treacy added two further points to the Fenagh tally. Tinryland continued to empty the bench with Seamus Curran and Sean Regan entering the fray but Fenagh continued to pressurise the Tinryland rearguard and another Billy Nolan point reduced the margin to 9 points with 14 minutes remaining. Niall Lowry eventually stemmed the flow when he converted a free with 12 minutes remaining but this score was to prove the only one for Tinryland in the 2nd half as Fenagh continued to press. Rory Dunbar was then introduced for Tinryland as Fenagh with time running out added on 4 further points via Billy Nolan (2) Dylan Bradley and Aidan Hynes to leave the final score Tinryland 1-14 Fenagh 0-11. The minors will be back in action on Monday next away to Mount Leinster Rangers in Borris at 7.30 p.m. Outstanding for Tinryland were goalie Ciaran Byrne together with Conor Ryan, Cuan Burke, Niall Lowry, Fionnan Burke, Rory Doyle, Peter Hennessy, Killian Maher and Cormac Kelly. Fenagh had outstanding players in Billy Nolan, Jack Rowan, Aidan Hynes, Sean Brennan, Dylan Bradley and Mark Treacy.
Team: Ciaran Byrne, Dylan Byrne, Conor Ryan, Bradleigh Nolan, Cuan Burke, Fionnan Burke, Rory Doyle, Peter Hennessy 0-2, Niall Lowry 0-5, Conor Mcgrath 0-1, Ciaran Larkin 0-2, Cormac Kelly 0-1, Killian Maher 0-2, Adam Mullen 1-0, Dean Dunne 0-1. Subs: Lee Kane, Seamus Curran, Sean Regan, Rory Dunbar.
By Eamonn Byrne
Recently crowned Carlow Senior Football league champions Mount Leinster Rangers proved too strong for a depleted Tinryland in the opening round of this year’s Carlow S.F.C. played at Netwatch Cullen Park on Sunday 26th July. The South Carlow dual club showed the benefit of their recent hurling championship matches and their two games with Old Leighlin in the league final to prevail over last year’s semi-finallists by 4 points. Tinryland were down 7 players from their last championship appearance in last season’s semi-final with Rathvilly and the absence of Co. men Paul Broderick and Shane Redmond together with players such as Jeff Sutton, Padraig Townsend, John Paul Moore, Evan Doyle and Richie Whyte definitely weakened the challenge from the men in blue and white hoops. Rangers were fastest out of the traps and the Tinryland goal had a charmed existence when the eventual winners missed 3 gilt edged goal chances through a combination of poor finishing and good defending by Tinryland full back Mark Dempsey who saved a certain goal after only 2 minutes had been played. The opening score eventually came in the 6th minute when M.L.R. midfielder Eddie “Feathers” Byrne converted a free which was cancelled out 60 seconds later when Diarmaid Walshe opened Tinryland’s account after good play by Mark Dempsey and Cathal O’Toole. Eddie Byrne who was having a stormer at mid-field regained the lead for Rangers in the 10th minute before Diarmaid Walshe replied once again for Tinryland after good work from the O’Toole brothers Conor and Cathal. Rangers were then dealt a blow as early as the 14th minute when corner back Padraig Bambrick received a black card for a foul on Mark Lawlor. Glen Doyle then missed a 45 before he made up for the miss seconds later when he slotted over the lead point after receiving a pass from Cian Moore. In the 23rd minute Paul Cody levelled matters once again as minor player Ciaran Larkin was introduced into the fray replacing Mark Lawlor. Tinryland then enjoyed their most productive spell scoring 3 points via Cathal O’Toole, Glen Doyle and Diarmaid Walshe to stretch into a 3 point lead 3 minutes before half time. The closing stages of the first half saw Rangers claw back 2 points from a free and a 45 via Eddie Byrne to leave the half time score Tinryland 0-6 Mount Leinster Rangers 0-5.
When play resumed it was Rangers once again who were fastest out of the blocks and the sides were level within 40 seconds of the throw in when Eddie Byrne converted another free. After Diarmaid Walshe was wide with a free at the other end Rangers regained the lead when the lively Chris Nolan slotted over a point in the 34th minute. A bizarre period of play then followed as Cian Lawlor who had been on the field of play for only 45 seconds having replaced Niall Barrett received what appeared to be a harsh black card from referee Paud O’Dwyer. Things got worse for the men in blue and white seconds later when a superb ball over the top by Paul Cody sent Diarmaid Byrne in one on one with Trevor O’Reilly and the Tinryland goalie had no chance with the M.L.R. full forwards low shot to the net. Minor player Niall Lowry then replaced Cian Lawlor as Tinryland went in search of a score to reduce the 4 point gap. That score duly arrived in the 43rd minute when Diarmaid Walshe intercepted a Rangers line ball and slotted the ball into an empty net to leave the minimum between the sides with 15 minutes left. John Dwyer was then introduced for Keith Jackson but rangers hit back almost immediately when the recently introduced hurling star Kevin McDonald crashed the ball to the Tinryland net to stretch his team’s advantage back out to 4 points. Tinryland hit back quickly though when Conor Byrne passed to Cormac Walshe who rifled over a point to leave only a goal separating the sides with 6 minutes remaining. Diarmuid Byrne then pointed for the winners as paul Doyle replaced Cian Moore. Another rangers point from Willie Hickey stretched the Rangers advantage to 5 points before a mini rally from Tinryland yielded 2 points from Diarmaid Walshe and a late consolation score from Ciaran Larkin who certainly made an impact in his first senior championship game. Final score Mount Leinster Rangers 2-10 Tinryland 1-9.