By Eamonn Byrne
Goals win matches and this fact was proved at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday 24th October when Tinryland juniors conceded 5 majors to Eire Og in the Carlow J.F.C. (B) final. This was a game Tinryland could have and should have won particularly after holding a 7 point advantage after 42 minutes had been played. The men in blue and white got off to a good start in this game with Gary Fields opening the Tinryland account with a well taken point in the 4th minute following good play by Padraig Delaney and David Townsend. The Tinryland defence also looked solid at this stage as the Tinryland tally doubled with a Padraig Whelan point following good play by Conal Dunne. The signs of things to come were then shown as Eire Og’s former senior player Shane Myers unlocked the Tinryland defence to score his team’s first major in the 9th minute.
A superb run from Tinryland defender Adam Dunne saw him linking well with David Townsend before taking the return pass and crashing the ball to the YI net to restore the Tinryland lead by the 12th minute. Tinryland defender Peter Doran who was steady throughout then hand passed the ball over the bar to increase the lead to 3 points. This advantage was short lived however as James Ryan levelled matters once again when he flicked a Ross Dunphy delivery to the Tinryland net at the half way stage of the opening half. Padraig Whelan restored the Tinryland lead with a successful free in the 17th minute and when the same player set up Padraig Delaney for another Tinryland point in the 18th minute prospects looked promising once again for a Tinryland win.
A 13 minute scoreless spell then followed before Tinryland scored their second goal via David Townsend following good play by Gregg Murphy and Gary Fields. This left the half time scoreboard reading Tinryland 2-5 Eire Og 2-0.
When Ballon referee Billy Fanning restarted proceedings Eire Og introduced substitutes James Brennan and Sam Dunne into the action as Tinryland also brought on Cathal Gaffney after 4 minutes of the second half. Eire Og were first to register a second half score when James Ryan slotted over a point in the 35th minute. Three minutes later Tinryland went seven points clear after a great goal from Owan O’Gorman following good play by Padraig Whelan and Garry Fields. Tinryland supporters must have felt that the title was destined for Rathcrogue at this stage and the 7 point lead was still intact by the 42nd minute when poor defending resulted in Shane Myers scoring his second goal to reduce the lead to 4 points. Three minutes later with Eire Og tails up Ross Dunphy left the minimum separating the sides when he crashed the ball to the Tinryland net and the sides were all square in the 50th minute when Andy Byrne levelled matters with a point. It was all Eire Og now and Byrne put his side 3 points clear in the 51st minute with another goal before Peter Hennessy converted a 45 metre free for Tinryland. Eire Og who had the scent of victory at this stage continued to press and they added on a further 3 points in the closing stages via Byrne, James Ryan and Ross Dunphy as the Tinryland challenge completely evaporated despite a final point from Peter Hennessy deep in stoppage time. Final score Eire Og 5-5 Tinryland 3-7.
Team: Ciaran Byrne, Adam Dunne 1-0, John Murphy, Sean Kirwan, Padraig Townsend, Peter Doran 0-1, Rory Doyle, Peter Hennessy 0-2, Gregg Murphy, Gary Fields 0-1, Padraig Delaney 0-1, Conal Dunne, Padraic Whelan 0-2, Owan O’Gorman 1-0, David Townsend 1-0. Subs: Cathal Gaffney, Killian Maher, Dean Farrell, Adam Murphy.
By Eamonn Byrne
Bennekerry-Tinryland 6-11 Kilkenny City 2-7
Carlow Ladies champions Bennekerry-Tinryland progressed to the Leinster junior semi-final with a comfortable victory over Kilkenny City at the Dicksboro grounds in Kilkenny on Saturday last. The Carlow champions won this game in the first half against their youthful opponents who accounted for Tullamore in the 1st round with a succession of great scores including 5 well worked goals. After the home side had opened the scoring in the first minute corner forwards Leah Mullins opened the BT account in the 2nd minute with a cracking goal. Three quick points from Niamh Kelly (2) and Aoibhin Webb set the pattern for the first half and by the 20th minute the Carlow team led by 4-6 to 0-1 with Niamh O’Regan, Leah Mullins and Niamh Kelly all contributing goals. Kilkenny City then began to show improvement tagging on 4 further points before the interval as Niamh Kelly scored another major for the Carlow representatives.
When the teams emerged for the 2nd half it was the home side that looked a completely transformed unit despite a numerical disadvantage having had a player sent to the sin bin. The Kilkenny side completely dominated the opening 15 minutes and their tally of 1-3 in that period did not reflect their dominance. The siege was eventually lifted in the 45th minute when mid-fielder Cliodhna Ni She and sub Roisin Byrne slotted over points and when Roisin Byrne scored her sides 6th goal 4 minutes before the end the Carlow girls could look forward to a home semi-final date with Dunboyne on Saturday next at 2 p.m.
Outstanding for Bennekerry-Tinryland were Deirdre Tomlinson, Elaine Ware, Christine Scully, Emma O’ Regan, Cliodhna Ni She, Niamh Kelly who scored 2-6, Katie Bullen and Leah Mullins.
Team: Shannen Cotter, Deirdre Tomlinson, Jane Bullen, Ciara Nolan, Elaine Ware, Christine Scully, Emma O’Regan, Cliodha Ni She 0-1, Liz Lowry, Niamh O’Regan 1-0, Emer Fahy, Niamh Kelly 2-6, Katie Bullen 0-1, Leah Mullins 2-0, Aoibhin Webb 0-2. Subs Roisin Brennan, Roisin Byrne 1-1, Paula Murphy, Niamh Redmond.
By Eamonn Byrne
A brilliant second half performance by our u21 team saw them lift an 8th U21 crown for the club in a very good final against Palatine at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday 3rd October.
Having come the hard road to reach the final after defeating Rathvilly and Eire Og Tinryland were favourites going in to this game. The men in blue and white started well scoring a point from Andrew Hanley within 30 seconds of the start after good play by Niall Lowry, Peter Hennessy and Conor O’Toole. With the Tinryland midfield pair of John Dwyer and Peter Hennessy laying down an early marker Tinryland doubled their tally in the 4th minute with a brilliant Hennessy point after good play by Diarmaid Walshe. Things got even better one minute later when a great run by John Dwyer resulted in full forward Mark Lawlor adding another point. Palatine then opened their account in the 6th minute when their full forward Brian O’Mahony raised a white flag after good play by centre forward Tomas Kenny. The Cnoc Arda men then had a great chance of a goal but a brilliant interception by Cathal Gaffney averted the danger in lieu of a 45 which was subsequently converted by O’Mahony to leave the minimum separating the teams after 8 minutes. Tinryland edged 2 points clear once again in the 9th minute following a brilliant Diarmaid Walshe point following strong play by Mark Lawlor but Pal danger man Shane O’Neill brought his team within one point once again when he scored a long distance point in the 12th minute. By the 15th minute the teams were all square once again when Tomas Kenny slotted over the equaliser following a clean catch by Brian O’Mahony. It got even better at this stage for Palatine with corner forward Conor Reynolds finding the Tinryland net in 18th minute after poor marking by the Tinryland defence. Tinryland’s response to this goal was a well worked Conal Dunne point in the 20th minute and after good work by Peter Hennessy and Conor O’Toole Tinryland were within 1 point of our neighbours in the 21st minute after a superb Andrew Hanley point. Seven minutes before the interval the sides were all square once again when Ciaran Larkin scored a point out of the top drawer at the town end following good defensive play by Cathal Gaffney John Murphy and Adam Dunne. Palatine then introduced Cian Fitzpatrick for Mark Brennan and the Bennekerry based team took the lead for the 2nd time when wing back Jack Brennan slotted over a point. Back came Tinryland at the other end and Mark Lawlor had to be satisfied with a point after going for goal following good play by Conal Dunne. Two minutes before the break Tinryland regained the lead with a Diarmaid Walshe conversion from a ’45 before Palatine had a wonderful chance of a goal which was brilliantly deflected over for a point by Tinryland’s superb keeper Ciaran Byrne. Shortly afterwards referee Pat Murphy brought the first half to a close with the sides all square at Tinryland 0-9 Palatine 1-6.
When the teams emerged for the 2nd half Tinryland had introduced their captain Cian Lawlor for Fionnan Burke but it was Palatine who regained the advantage once again when their wing back Conor O’Doherty slotted over a point in the 34th minute. Tinryland responded with a Ciaran Larkin point after great interplay involving Conor O’Toole, Diarmaid Walshe, Niall Lowry and Andrew Hanley. Back came Pal and a Conor Reynolds point regained the lead once again before a great run by Ciaran Larkin resulted in Niall Lowry winning a free which was duly converted by Diarmaid Walshe.
Tinryland at this stage introduced Sean Kirwan for Shane Webb and within 60 seconds the ball was in the Palatine net via Conall Dunne after an excellent long delivery by Cathal Gaffney who capped an excellent season by another fine display when it mattered. Tinryland’s tails were up now and with John Dwyer and Peter Hennessy dominating mid field Tinryland pulled 4 points clear in the 42nd minute with another Diarmaid Walshe point after more intelligent play by Conal Dunne. Palatine rang the changes from the bench in an effort to curb the influence of John Dwyer and Peter Hennessy introducing James Kehoe for Stanislav Jolondcovschi and Darragh Fitzpatrick for Adam Duggan. Tinryland moved 5 points clear in the 44th minute with a successful Diarmaid Walshe free which was cancelled out by a successful Conor Crowley free for Palatine. Another pivotal moment in the game then occurred when Diarmaid Walshe was fouled in the penalty area after great play by Andrew Hanley and cool as a cucumber Ciaran Larkin stroked the ball into the net to extend Tinryland’s lead to 7 points with 10 minutes remaining. Tinryland then rang the changes with Conor McGrath replacing Andrew Hanley and the corner forward who had been excellent throughout received a strong round of applaus from the Tinryland supporter for his contribution. With 8 minutes remaining Niall Lowry extended the Tinryland lead to 8 points as Palatine introduced Rickey Nolan for Shane O’Neill with Cormac Duff replacing Conor Reynolds. Tinryland also continued to empty the bench bringing on Adam Murphy and Rory Doyle and it was Murphy who put the icing on the cake when he linked well with Rory Doyle to score Tinryland’s 3rd goal shortly after Conall Dunne had scored Tinryland’s final point. In the final minutes Tinryland also introduced Killian Maher before referee Murphy brought proceedings to a close with Tinryland running out deserving winners in the end against a gallant Palatine who never gave up. Final score Tinryland 3-15 Palatine 1-10.
Well done to the full U21 panel and their great back room team of Martin Doyle, Cormac O’Toole and Mick Murphy. This was a great all round performance based on an excellent defence, top class mid field play that saw us winning 24 of the 35 kick outs and excellent forward play that annexed 18 scores including 3 goals in the hour. Tinryland has now won 8 U21 titles since the grade was introduced in 1964. Those winning years were 1967 beat Eire Og, 1969 beat Ballinabranna in the final, 1978 defeated Clonmore in final, 1979 beat St. Andrew’s, 1980 beat St. Andrews, 2003 beat Kildavin-Clonegal, 2006 defeated Michael Davitts and today beat our neighbours Palatine.
Team: Ciaran Byrne, Cathal Gaffney, John Murphy, Fionnan Burke, Adam Dunne, Shane Webb, Niall Lowry 0-1, John Dwyer, Peter Hennessy 0-1, Conor O’Toole, Diarmaid Walshe 0-5, Ciaran Larkin 1-2, Conal Dunne 1-2, Mark Lawlor 0-2, Andrew Hanley 0-2. Subs used Cian Lawlor, Adam Murphy 1-0, Sean Kirwan, Conor McGrath, Rory Doyle, Killian Maher. Other subs: Owan O’Gorman, Adam Mullen, Conor Ryan, Ciaran Townsend, James Mcgrath.
By Eamonn Byrne
Palatine U16 footballers proved too strong for a gallant Tinryland outfit in the Carlow u16 Div. 2 final played at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday morning 3rd October. The Cnoc Arda boys powered by 3 outstanding players in Cathal O’Neill, Andrew Kehoe and Robert Crowley won this game in the first half by outscoring the boys in blue and white by 3-6 to 0-2 despite Tinryland enjoying the bulk of the play in the opening exchanges when 3 clear cut goal chances were squandered. Keelan Gaffney opened the Tinryland account with a great point in the 12th minute from a ’45 and the only other Tinryland score in the first half came in the dying seconds when centre forward Conor Brennan converted a free. Palatine scored 3 crucial goals from O’Neill (2) and Kehoe in the 17th, 23rd and 29th minutes to leave the half time scoreboard reading Palatine 3-6 Tinryland 0-2.
With the breeze behind them Tinryland began the 2nd half in a much more positive mode and within 3 minutes of the restart Mark Walshe and Conor Brennan had added 2 quick points. It got even better for the Tinryland boys in the 35th minute when Tinryland were awarded a penalty which was duly converted by Ronan Curran to reduce the margin to 8 points with 25 minutes remaining. After Andrew Kehoe had opened the Pal 2nd half account Tinryland scored another goal via Conor Brennan which was quickly followed by a Keelan Gaffney point to leave only 4 points separating the sides and all to play for. At the other end Palatine then won a penalty which was duly converted by O’Neill and over the next 10 minutes the same player converted 4 consecutive frees as the Pal boys applied the pressure once again. The Pal scoring was completed in the 56th minute when centre back Robert Crowley slotted over another point before Tinryland finished with a mini flourish scoring a goal from Ronan Curran and a pair of points from their best player Keelan Gaffney and Conor Brennan.
3-8 Final score Palatine 4-12 Tinryland. Outstanding for Tinryland in this game were Tommy Dunne, Cuan Burke, Jonathan Curran, Keelan Gaffney, Conor Brennan, Ronan Curran and Denny Farrell.
Tinryland: Maurice Lawler, Shea Byrne, Tommy Dunne, Dominic Rice,, Alex Holland, Cuan Burke, Luke Fleming, Jonathan Curran, Keelan Gaffney, Eoin Hosey, Conor Brennan, Ronan Curran, Mark Walshe, Denny Farrell, Jonah Dunne. Subs Rory Moore, Brian mcGrath
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland junior footballers put up an outstanding performance in the Carlow J.F.C. B semi-final at the Netwatch Training centre on Saturday 26th September when they comfortably accounted for hot favourites Askea who had defeated the men in blue and white by a combined total of 30 points in 2 previous league and championship encounters this season. Showing 6 changes from the team that lost by 10 points to the same opposition on September 2nd Tinryland took this game by the scruff of the neck from the throw in but found themselves 2 points in arrears at half time despite playing with a strong breeze in that opening half. In the first 7 minutes alone Tinryland kicked 5 wides and it was the 7th minute before Padraic Whelan opened our account with a well struck free. Askea quickly replied with a similar score from Johnny Kavanagh before the Carlow town side took the lead via midfielder Paul Murphy in the 12th minute after Tinryland had given the ball away when in possession. Askea pulled further clear in the 13th minute when midfielder Jimmy White laid off a good ball for Johnny Kavanagh to raise another white flag. Rory Doyle who was excellent throughout then narrowed the gap with a well taken point in the 18th minute but Tinryland continued to clock up the wide tally which totalled 7 by the 20th minute. The first significant score of the game then arrived and it was a goal out of the top drawer by minor player Conall Dunne who rattled the Askea net to edge Tinryland 2 points clear. A Tinryland point from Padraic Whelan then followed after good play by Peter Doran but 3 quick points from David O’Regan, Johnny Kavanagh and Conor Byrne in a 2 minute spell saw the teams all square with 3 minutes remaining in the first half. It got even better for the Askea men 2 minutes later when former Tinryland player Conor O’Brien scored a cracking goal as Tinryland introduced Killian Maher into the action as a replacement for Gregg Murphy. The final act of the first half was a Padraig Townsend point to leave the half time score Askea 1-6 Tinryland 1-4.
When referee Billy Fanning restarted proceedings Tinryland looked to have a mountain to climb playing against the strong breeze but the 2nd half was only 30 seconds old when Conall Dunne rattled the Askea net once again with a brilliant strike following excellent play by Killian Maher and Peter Hennessy. A Garry Fields point quickly followed as Askea half back David O’Regan received a black card. Things got progressively worse for the championship favourites as Tinryland began to turn the screw scoring 5 unanswered points in a 10 minute spell via Padraic Whelan, Killian Maher, Garry Fields, Conall Dunne and David Townsend. These scores were the product of trojan work by the entire Tinryland defence of Adam Dunne, John Murphy, Sean Kirwan, Rory Doyle, Padraig Townsend and Peter Doran who gave a man of the match performance at centre back. With Peter Hennessy and Killian Maher now dominating in the mid field area Tinryland pulled 10 points ahead by the 20th minute with a brilliant goal from Padraic Whelan after great play by Killian Maher, Peter Hennessy and Garry Fields and it was the 53rd minute before Askea opened their 2nd half account with a successful free by Johnny Kavanagh. Sixty seconds later Askea finally breached the rock solid Tinryland defence with a Johnny Kavanagh goal but it was all too little too late for the sky blues as the Tinryland defence came to the rescue on numerous occasions in the closing stages before David Townsend capped a fine performance with Tinryland’s final point. Final score Tinryland 3-11 Askea 2-7.
Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Adam Dunne, John Murphy, Sean Kirwan, Rory Doyle 0-1, Peter Doran, Padraig Townsend 0-1, Gregg Murphy, Peter Hennessy, Conall Dunne 2-1, Padraig Delaney, Padraic Whelan 1-3, Garry Fields 0-2, Owan O’Gorman, David Townsend 0-2. Subs Killian Maher 0-1, Brian Farrell.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland senior footballers will play in the top tier once again in 2016 after overcoming a stern test by Ballinabranna in the relegation play off at the Netwatch Training centre on Friday 25th September.
In a high scoring game played under floodlights in ideal weather conditions and watched by a good crowd the scoring was dominated by Tinryland’s Diarmaid Walshe who scored eleven points including 5 brilliant scores from play. Ballinabranna wing forward Darren Lunney surpassed Walshe’s tally by notching 3-5 for the gallant losers who will be not long in the Intermediate ranks based on their display in this entertaining game.
Tinryland opened at a fast rate with midfielder Glen Doyle forcing a brilliant save from Ballinabranna ‘keeper Adrian Brennan after winning the throw in. The resulting 45 was converted by Diarmaid Walshe setting the tone for the evening as the no 13 went on to convert a further 5 frees in addition to 5 brilliant points from open play. Tinryland extended their lead in the 3rd minute when wing back Danny Moran slotted over a point following good play by Cormac Walshe and Cathal O’Toole.
Ballinabranna opened their account 2 minutes later with a Darren Lunney point following great play by Willie Kavanagh and Jim Dunne. It got even better for last year’s Intermediate champions 30 seconds later when Lunney ghosted in past the Tinryland defence to crash the ball past Trevor O’Reilly at the Fenagh end of the ground. This score stung Tinryland and they played their best football in the next 10 minutes scoring 1-5 without reply with the Tinryland goal coming from Cormac Walshe in the 14th minute after great play by Shane Webb and Mark Lawlor. In this spell also Tinryland’s 5 points were scored by Diarmaid Walshe (2), Webb after good play by Cathal O’Toole and Cormac Walshe, Lawlor after a good movement involving Conor Byrne and John Dwyer and Glen Doyle from a free won by Cormac Walshe.
Just when it looked like Tinryland would kick on for a comfortable victory it was Ballinabranna that upped their game scoring two quick points via Garry Dunne and another successful Lunney free to leave 4 points separating the sides after 20 minutes. Tinryland then responded with a brilliantly stuck long range point from a free by Glen Doyle which was won by Cathal O’Toole. O’Toole who was causing problems to the Ballinabranna rearguard won another free two minutes later and the men in green were punished once again this time by Diarmaid Walshe to extend Tinryland’s lead to six points 5 minutes before the interval. The scoring rate at both ends was maintained in the concluding 5 minutes of the half with Darren Lunney converting 2 frees for the Ballinabranna men who added another point via a Jim Dunne free after Tinryland coughed up a cheap ball when in possession. Tinryland had a clear cut goal chance in this period also but Mark Lawlor’s shot was well saved by Adrian Brennan. After a highly entertaining first half Tinryland’s final first half score was a brilliant Danny Moran point in the 27th minute following good work by the Walshe brothers Diarmaid and Cormac which left the non existant scoreboard reading Tinryland 1-10 Ballinabranna 1-6 at half time.
When referee Pat Murphy restarted proceedings Glen Doyle once again won the throw in and within 20 seconds Diarmaid Walshe had scored a point out of the top drawer. That feat was repeated within 60 seconds when Walshe slotted over an even better point after more good play from Doyle. With the pace of the game not abating it was Ballinabranna that responded in positive fashion once again with Jim Dunne winning a free which was converted by Darren Lunney. Back came Tinryland and another superb Diarmaid Walshe point followed after excellent play by Mark Dempsey, Cormac Walshe, John Paul Moore and Danny Moran. Tinryland then coughed up another cheap ball and were punished by a successful free by Jim Dunne as Tinryland rang the changes replacing Cian Moore and Matthew O’Toole with U21 players Andrew Hanley and Cian Lawlor. Ballinabranna kept Tinryland honest with a great Gary Dunne point in the 40th minute before Diarmaid Walshe was inches wide with a gilt edged goal chance which would probably have put this game to bed with less than 20 minutes remaining. Instead it was Ballinabranna that got the momentum going after another cheap ball was given away from a quickly taken free and that man Lunney punished the men in blue and white with his second goal to leave the minimum separating the sides by the 42nd minute. It got even better for the Ballinabranna men at this stage when former Milford player and Polish native Jakub Mikolajczyk slotted over the equalising point with 17 minutes remaining. Diarmaid Walshe then settled the Tinryland ship with a successful free won by himself as Keith Jackson was introduced at midfield for his cousin John Dwyer who had turned in an honest shift. Ballinabranna continued to press and the sides were all square once again in the 46th minute following another successful free by Jim Dunne. The men from the Laois/Kilkenny border were then dealt a huge blow when Willie Ryan received a straight red card for a high elbow challenge on Tinryland full back Mark Dempsey. Glen Doyle quickly restored the Tinryland lead with 11 minutes remaining when he converted a free won by Andrew Hanley and when Cian Lawlor won another free for Tinryland with 8 minutes left Diarmaid Walshe extended the lead back out to 2 points. With 5 minutes remaining Walshe added another point from a free but just after Cathal O’Toole had made an outstanding catch the same player went down with what looked like a serious knee injury and a stretcher was called for. Niall Lowry replaced O’Toole as the clocked ticked past the hour mark and when Diarmaid Walshe and Mark Lawlor added 2 further points well into stoppage time Tinryland looked to be safe at last. Instead it was Ballinabranna that had the final say scoring a third goal from their outstanding teenage player Darren Lunney to leave the final scoreline reading Tinryland 1-19 Ballinabranna 3-11. All in all it was a satisfactory evening’s work from the Tinryland men despite the concession of 3 goals and giving away possession all too easily. The club will now have to reflect on a mixed year that is still up and running with the junior, U21 and U16 teams all involved in the latter stages of their championships.
Tinryland: Trevor O’Reilly, Matthew O’Toole, Mark Dempsey, John Paul Moore, Danny Moran 0-2, Conor Byrne, Conor O’Toole, Glen Doyle 0-3f, John Dwyer, Shane Webb 0-1, Cian Moore, Cathal O’Toole, Diarmaid Walshe 0-11 45,5f, Mark Lawlor 0-2, Cormac Walshe 1-0. Subs Andrew Hanley, Cian Lawlor, Keith Jackson, Niall Lowry.
Ballinabranna: Adrian Brennan, John Sheehan, Bobby Daly, Jody Brennan, Willie Kavanagh, Colin Byrne, Graham Amond, Jakub Mikolajczyk 0-1, Danny Boland, Darren Lunney 3-5 4f, Jimmy Cahill, Jim Dunne 0-3 3f, Keelan Brennan, Willie Ryan, Gary Dunne 0-2. Sub Conor McNally.
Tinryland progress to Carlow J.F.C. B semi- final after exciting victory over Old Leighlin in replay
By Eamonn Byrne
At the second attempt Tinryland progressed to meet Asca in the J.F.C. B semi-final when they defeated a lively Old Leighlin outfit in a very entertaining quarter final replay at the Netwatch Training centre on Wednesday 23rd September. In contrast to the drawn game one week previousely there was never more than two points separating the sides at any stage in this game watched by a good crowd. Tinryland made a positive start within 60 seconds when Padraic Whelan won a free and converted it himself and by the second minute Tinryland were 2 points ahead after a brilliant point from full forward Owan O’Gorman after great play by Adam Murphy and Garry Fields. Declan Gough opened the Old Leighlin scoring with a point in the 5th minute but Tinryland edged two clear once again when David Townsend slotted over a nice point after great work from midfielder Adam Murphy and full back John Murphy. John Ryan for Old Leighlin and Padraic Whelan then traded points before Old Leighlin levelled matters at the half way stage of the opening half following points from Ryan and corner forward Gearroid Foley. Tinryland introduced minor player Rory Doyle into the action at this stage and two quick points from Owan O’Gorman and Padraic Whelan (free) restored Tinryland’s two point advantage. Owan O’Gormans point was the result of good play by Peter Doran who was excellent throughout and David Townsend who also turned in a great shift on the night. Tinryland looked to be moving well at this stage but we were dealt a blow against the run of play when Old Leighlin somehow managed to deflect the ball past Colm Nolan after a scramble in the Tinryland square. Tinryland’s response was swift however and David Townsend converted a magnificent free from the sideline after a foul on Dean Farrell. Adam Dunne who also played well then edged Tinryland ahead once again when he pointed following good play by John Murphy, Killian Maher and Gregg Murphy. Half time score Tinryland 0-8 Old Leighlin 1-4. When Pat Kehoe restarted proceedings it was Old Leighlin that were quickest out of the traps scoring a point via Irish International boxer Roy Sheehy. Rory Doyle who made an impact when introduced in the first half opened Tinryland’s 2nd half account when his long ball hopped over the bar. Tinryland were moving well once again at this stage and Padraig Townsend who was only seconds on the field having sat out the first half due to a chest infection increased the lead and when Padraig Delaney slotted over another point in the 40th minute Tinryland looked as if they would pull clear. Another great catch from Peter Doran gave Tinryland further hope at this stage but it was Old Leighlin that remained in contact with a Declan Gough point. This score sparked a quick reply from Tinryland when Owan O’Gorman scored his third point of the night but the men from Molaise Park just would not lie down and they burst through the Tinryland defence in the 43rd minute to rattle the net once again to leave matters all square entering the final quarter. A Gearroid Foley point edged Old Leighlin ahead for the 2nd time in this game but after another Tinryland attack a penalty was awarded at the other end which was duly converted by Padraic Whelan to restore Tinryland’s two point advantage. Unfortunately Tinryland then lost Dean Farrell to a black card after some verbals with the referee and he was replaced by his brother Brian who was quickly involved in the action as he laid off a nice ball for Owan O’Gorman to notch his 4th point of the evening. With Gary Scully replacing Killian Maher who had put in a good evenings work it was Old Leighlin via Gearroid Foley who reduced the margin to 2 once again before Padraig Townsend settled the Tinryland ship with our final point following more good play by his cousin David Townsend. The final point of the game was scored by the gritty Old Leighlin men in the 61st minute before referee Kehoe brought proceedings to a close with Tinryland advancing to the semi-final on a scoreline of 1-14 to 2-9.
Tinryland: Colm Nolan, Adam Dunne 0-1, John Murphy, Sean Kirwan, Killian Maher, Peter Doran, Eoin Fields, Adam Murphy, Gregg Murphy, Gary Fields, Padraig Delaney 0-1, Dean Farrell, Padraic Whelan 1-3, Owan O’Gorman 0-4, David Townsend 0-2. Subs: Rory Doyle 0-1, Padraig Townsend 0-2, Brian Farrell, Gary Scully.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland U21 footballers qualified for the Co. final after a very exciting win over hot favourites Eire Og in the semi-final at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday 19th September. After a fairly disappointing year for the club this victory over our town rivals was a welcome boost and we now have a Co. final to look forward to against Palatine who defeated St. Andrews in the other semi-final. Eire Og began this game as if they were going to steamroll Tinryland and by the 2nd minute the town team had 2 points on the board courtesy of full forward Niall Quinlan from a free and centre forward Chris Blake. Tinryland were slow to settle at this stage with Shane Webb registering a wide in the 3rd minute and a number of balls being given back to the YI’S. Ciaran Byrne the Tinryland goalie was called into action in the early stages and he prevented an Eire Og goal in the 6th minute. Tinryland then began to settle down and in their first major attack were rewarded with a brilliant goal from Mark Lawlor after excellent play from Shane Webb and Peter Hennessy. Taking heart from this score Mark Lawlor then added an excellent point following great play by Ciaran Larkin and John Dwyer before Corey Harmon left the minimum between the sides when he pointed in the 9th minute. Great play by Niall Lowry resulted in a free which he converted himself before Eire Og’s centre back Kelvin Chatten slotted over a point to leave the minimum once again separating the teams. Eire Og’s corner forward Reece Denieffe then levelled matters in the 14th minute before Tinryland’s Diarmaid Walshe edged the men in blue and white hoops one point ahead once again in the 19th minute after good play by John Murphy and Mark Lawlor. Six minutes without a score then followed before Eire Og’s Ronan O’Brien levelled matters once again when he pointed in the 25th minute but Tinryland’s reply was swift as Mark Lawlor who was excellent throughout pointed following good play by Peter Hennessy and Conor O’Toole. A key moment in the game then followed when Tinryland’s Andrew Hanley showed great pace along the Oak Park sideline before despatching to Mark Lawlor who crossed an excellent ball for Conall Dunne to score our second goal and extend the lead to 4 points with 3 minutes remaining in the first half. Tinryland were flying now and a Diarmaid Walshe conversion from a free and a great Andrew Hanley point left the scoreboard at half time reading Tinryland 2-6 Eire Og 0-6. When the 2nd half began Conor McGrath replaced the injured Conall Dunne and it was Eire Og who made their intentions known with a point from a free by Niall Quinlan. Diarmaid Walshe was then inches wide with a gilt edged goal chance before Andrew Hanley once again showed his class with a brilliant point following good play by Cathal Gaffney and Ciaran Larkin. Eire Og then reduced the margin to 5 points with another successful free from Niall Quinlan but after more good play by Cathal Gaffney Tinryland were dealt a blow when mid-fielder John Dwyer was dismissed on a second yellow card. Tinryland however did not yield and a great Peter Hennessy point after good work from Diarmaid Walshe and John Murphy kept their 6 point advantage intact entering the final quarter. Eire Og sensing victory with the extra man continued to up the ante and it took another great save from Ciaran Byrne to keep the townsmen at bay. A Cathal Kelly point for Eire Og in the 47th minute was matched one minute later by a Conor McGrath point for Tinryland after good play by Adam Dunne. Adam Murphy was then introduced for Tinryland but it was Eire Og that continued to press scoring 3 unanswered points between the 49th and 54th minutes to leave only 3 points separating the sides with 5 minutes left. The town team then went for the jugular and they registered 2 further points via Niall Quinlan before they were stopped in their tracks to gain the equaliser from a stern and heroic Tinryland defence who held out against all the odds to reach an U21 Co final to the delight of the Tinryland supporters who have endured a trying year. Final score Tinryland 2-9 Eire Og 0-14. Team: Ciaran Byrne, Cathal Gaffney, John Murphy, Adam Dunne, Fionnan Burke, Shane Webb, Niall Lowry 0-1, John Dwyer, Peter Hennessy 0-1, Conor O’Toole, Diarmaid Walshe 0-2, Ciaran Larkin, Conall Dunne 1-0, Mark Lawlor 1-2, Andrew Hanley 0-2. Subs Conor McGrath 0-1, Adam Murphy.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland and Old Leighlin must meet again to determine who advances to meet Asca in the J.F.C. (B) semi-final on Saturday 26th September after the sides finished all square in the quarter final at the Netwatch training centre in Fenagh on Wednesday 16th September.
While Tinryland had to come from behind to salvage the draw having led for two thirds of the contest it would have been a disaster had they lost after so many chances were squandered in the opening half.
The men in blue and white hoops led by 1-4 to 0-1 after 17 minutes with the goal coming in the 13th minute from the lively David Townsend after great play by Killian Maher, Adam Murphy and Padraig Townsend. In that first half Tinryland kicked 9 wides with David Townsend unlucky not to score another goal in the 20th minute when the upright protected the Old Leighlin goal with the keeper Eamonn Tobin beaten. Taking heart from the number of Tinryland wides and misses Old Leighlin who failed to score at all in the opening 15 minutes gradually clawed their way back into the contest out-scoring Tinryland by 6 points to 1 in the second half of the first period. Tinryland’s other points in the opening half were scored by Garry Fields (16th minute) after good play by John Murphy, Gregg Murphy (17th minute) following good work by Killian Maher and David Townsend, and Dean Farrell 24th minute after a quick free by Adam Dunne.
When referee Pat Murphy sounded the half time whistle it was all to play for with Tinryland leading by 1-5 to 0-6
Within 60 seconds of the re-start the minimum separated the teams after an Old Leighlin point from Tommy Lynch but two quick Padraig Townsend points following good play by Killian Maher, Garry Fields, Padraig Delaney and John Murphy restored Tinryland’s 3 point advantage. Old Leighlin then stayed in contact with a point from Aaron Amond before Dean Farrell was unlucky with a goal attempt that would have given Tinryland some breathing space entering the final third of the game.
A great Padraig Townsend point with 20 minutes remaining extended the Tinryland lead once again but Old Leighlin were on level terms one minute later when a rasping shot from Tommy Lynch rattled the Tinryland net to leave the scoreboard reading 1-8 each and all to play for. Tinryland briefly regained the lead in the 45th minute with a Padraig Delaney point following good play by Garry Fields as Jack Lowry was introduced for Eddie Dowling. Two minutes later Aaron Amond restored parity once again for Old Leighlin and the men from Molaise park edged ahead with 10 minutes remaining following a successful free from Gearoid Foley. Back came Tinryland and a great Dean Farrell point levelled matters once again before Old Leighlin regained the lead with a point that could easily have been a goal only for a wonderful deflection by Tinryland keeper Ciaran Byrne. With Owan O’Gorman replacing Greg Murphy and Adam Mullen coming on for Jack Lowry who only spent 8 minutes on the pitch it was Tinryland that levelled once again with a wonderful David Townsend point with 7 minutes left on the stopwatch. Back came Old Leighlin to edge ahead once again in the 55th minute before Padraig Whelan brought the tie to a replay with a well struck free which he had won himself.
Final score Tinryland 1-12 Old Leighlin 1-12Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Eddie Dowling captain, Peter Doran, Sean Kirwan, Killian Maher, John Murphy, Adam Dunne, Adam Murphy, Gregg Murphy 0-1, Padraic Whelan 0-1, Padraig Delaney 0-1, Dean Farrell 0-2, Garry Fields 0-1, Padraig T
By Eamonn Byrne
Bennekerry-Tinryland ladies created history at Bro Leo Park on Wednesday 9th September when they won their first ever Carlow ladies senior title defeating holders Naomh Eoin in a match that had many talking points. Played on an ideal evening for football under floodlights this game was stopped for a full hour mid- way through the second half after a serious injury to Lauren Dwyer shortly after the Irish international soccer star had scored an inspirational point to put her team 7 points clear. With an ambulance called for to the venue it was deemed necessary to leave Lauren on the field until it arrived and that process took a full hour before referee Pat Kehoe was in a position to restart the game which was played in front of a large attendance.
The early stages of the first half saw the defending champions settle very quickly and they raced into a 3 point lead within 9 minutes of the throw in courtesy of points from full forward Marion Doyle (2) and Ciara Mullins. Bennekerry-Tinryland then settled down to play the football they are capable of and when Leah Mullins won a penalty in the 11th minute Aoibhin Webb who recently travelled with Wexford youths to play champions league soccer slotted the ball past Maired Doyle in the Myshall goal to leave matters all square nearing the end of the first quarter. Naomh Eoin responded with a goal but an Elaine Ware point for BT was quickly followed by a superbly worked goal for the new champions when wing back Ciara Nolan drifted into attack after superb work from Cliodhna Ni Se and rattled the Naomh Eoin net to give her team a lead they never relinquished. A well taken free from one of BT’s best players Niamh Kelly stretched the lead to two points before Naomh Eoin scored the final point of the half to leave the interval score Bennekerry-Tinryland 2-3 Naomh Eoin 1-5.
When play resumed Bennekerry-Tinryland were quickly on the scoresheet with a point from Niamh Kelly and despite further Naomh Eoin pressure it was Bennekerry –Tinryland that stretched their lead when a speculative shot from Aoibhin Webb deceived the keeper in the 41st minute. Points from sub Sinead Lyons and that great score from Lauren Dwyer then followed before the game was stopped after Lauren Dwyer was injured after a high challenge that resulted in a sin binning for a Naomh Eoin player. With the long delay stretching past the half hour mark many at the venue felt that the game would be abandoned but finally the ambulance arrived and Lauren received a generous round of applause as she was taken to hospital. Pat Kehoe then restarted proceedings and despite their numerical dis-advantage it was Naomh Eoin that applied the early pressure scoring a point to leave 6 points separating the sides. Two class conversions from Niamh Kelly got her team back on track and despite two further points from the Myshall girls the icing was put on the cake when BT corner forward Leah Mullins burst through the NE defence to score her teams 4th goal and annex the Brady catering cup which was presented to joint captains Deirdre Tomlinson and Emma O’Regan shortly afterwards. Final Score Benekerry Tinryland 4-8 Naomh Eoin 1-8
Team: Shannen Cotter, Deirdre Tomlinson, Lauren Dwyer, Jane Bullen, Ruth Bermingham, Elaine Ware, Ciara Nolan, Cliodhna Ni Se, Emma O’Regan, Elizabeth Lowry, Roisin Byrne, Niamh O’Regan, Niamh Kelly, Aoibhin Webb, Leah Mullins. Subs Katie Bullen, Sinead Lyons, Deirdre O’Sullivan, Emer Fahy, Andrea Jeaney, Aisling Kelly, Roisin Brennan, Niamh Redmond, Dearbhla Kelly, Bernie Morrissey, Christine Scully, Doireann Walshe, Emma Kavanagh, Leanne Corish, Aoife Timmons, Paula Murphy