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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland junior (A) team are firmly in contention for a place in the knockout stages of division 4 following their impressive win against Mount Leinster Rangers in Borris on Thursday 30th April.
Tinryland started this game well and were 4 points in front after 10 minutes before the home side enjoyed a purple patch scoring 1-3 without reply. The teams then shared a pair of points each before the referee sounded the half time whistle to leave the scoreboard reading Mount Leinster Rangers 1-5 Tinryland 0-7.
When play resumed Tinryland corner forward David Townsend rattled the ‘Rangers net to regain the lead for the men in blue and white. Tinryland then began to dominate proceedings with a stern defence of Eddie Dowling, John Whyte, Sean Kirwan, Jack Lowry, Padraig Delaney and man of the match Garry Scully keeping the south Carlow boys at bay. A Garry Fields goal in the 50th minute firmly put Tinryland on the victory trail and despite a late M.L.R. goal Tinryland bagged another 2 league points to move into semi-final contention with 2 league games remaining. Tinryland will play O’Hanrahans at home on Thursday next 7th May at 7.p.m. with their final game away to Asca on Thursday 14th May. Others to play well were Gregg Murphy, Cathal O’Toole and David Townsend.
Final Score Tinryland 2-13 Mount Leinster Rangers 2-8
Team: Mick Delaney, Eddie Dowling, John Whyte, Sean Kirwan, Jack Lowry, Padraig Delaney, Garry Scully, Gregg Murphy 0-1, Alan Kirwan 0-1, Cathal O’Toole, Padraig Whelan, Eoin Fields 0-1, Garry Fields 1-2, Dean Farrell, David Townsend 1-1. Sub Alan Byrne
By Eamonn Byrne
Two first half goals from Mount Leinster Rangers full forward Eoin Doyle gave the south Carlow men the impetus to grab the league points and keep Tinryland pointless after 4 games in the league at Rathcrogue on Wednesday 29th April. A poor opening half from the home team left the scoreboard reading 2-3 to 0-5 in M.L.R’s favour at the break. The second half saw an improved performance from the men in blue and white and despite winning the 2nd half by 0-5 to 0-4 Rangers ran out winners on a scoreline of 2-7 to 0-10. Tinryland are back in action on this coming Sunday evening 3rd may at home to Eire Og at 7 p.m.
Scorers Tinryland: Cormac Walshe 0-3, Keith Jackson 0-2, Shane Webb, Glen Doyle, Paul Doyle, Diarmaid Walshe, Padraig Townsend 1 point each.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland minors lost their unbeaten record when they were comfortably defeated by Rathvilly at Fr. Ryan Park in Rathvilly on Sunday 26th April. The current McKelvie Cup holders and league champions never got out of first gear in this game despite opening the scoring in the first minute when Niall Lowry converted a free for a foul on Dean Dunne. Rathvilly quickly levelled matters when Conor Owens converted a free for the Wicklow border team as Tinryland were dealt an early blow with Dylan Reamsbottom leaving the field after picking up an injury. Tinryland remained competitive at this stage and Adam Mullen was unlucky to see his deflection of Niall Lowry’s 45 rebound off the post with the Rathvilly ‘keeper beaten. Over the next 10 minutes it was the home side that dominated scoring 4 unanswered points from 3 frees by Conor Owens and a point from play by Darragh Murphy. Tinryland eventually scored their second point in the 22nd minute when Niall Lowry slotted over following a good pass from Rory Doyle but this was to prove the last score of the half for the boys in blue and white as Rathvilly tagged on 2 further points from Darragh Murphy and Eoin O’Connor-Byrne to leave the scoreboard reading 0-7 to 0-2 in Rathvillys favour at half time.
When Milford ref Kevin P O’Neill resumed play Tinryland had introduced Tommy Dunne and Sean Regan into the fray but it was the home side that resumed where they had left off scoring a goal from Dean Cassells in the 32nd minute to extend their advantage to 8 points. It got even better for last year’s minor semi-finallists when O’Connor-Byrne pointed 60 seconds later before Niall Lowry converted a free for Tinryland. Another Owens point for Rathvilly gave a tired Tinryland a mountain to climb before Tinryland were dealt another major blow as Niall Lowry was black carded with 20 minutes remaining. Dylan Reamsbottom then re-entered play despite his injury discomfort as Conor Owens converted another free for the home side. Tinryland then threw caution to the wind and in a 10 minute spell played their best football of the game. This spell yielded 4 unanswered points from Peter Hennessy (2), and Conall Dunne (2) to leave 6 points separating the teams with 5 minutes remaining. Rathvilly had the final say however and a goal from sub Martin Cole in the 59th minute put the icing on the cake for a team who are likely to have a big say in Carlow competitions this year.
Final score Rathvilly 2-10 Tinryland 0-7.
Team: Ciaran Byrne, Conor Ryan, John Murphy, Bradleigh Nolan, Dylan Reamsbottom, Cathal Gaffney, Rory Doyle, Peter Hennessy 0-2, Niall Lowry 0-3, Conor McGrath, Adam Mullen, Ciaran Larkin, Dean Dunne, Killian Maher, Conall Dunne 0-2. Subs Tommy Dunne, Sean Regan.