Match Reports

Depleted Tinryland show lots of positives despite loss to Co. Champions Eire Og

posted 16 Apr 2018, 12:32 by tinrylandpro@hotmail.com

 By Eamonn Byrne

Tinryland senior footballers lost out to Eire Og in round 3 of the S.F.L Division 1 at Pairc Ui Bhrian on Sunday 15th April. Despite the eventual 4-11 to 0-12 loss there were lots of positives to take out of the match considering Tinryland could only muster 16 outfield players for the game with up to 8 regular panellists missing. 

Eire Og got a great boost at the start with Murtough Ware finishing a move to the net after an attempt for a point was unsuccessful. Diarmaid Walshe opened Tinryland’s account in the 4th minute following good play by Conor O’Toole and and Niall Lowry and within a minute the minimum separated the sides following a successful Niall Lowry free. . Eire Og extended their advantage back out to 2 points by the 8th minute when Cormac Mullins pointed and further points from Darragh O’Brien (2) frees and Adam Murphy gave the home team a cushion before Murtough Ware finished a Sean Gannon move to the Tinryland net to give the home team a 6 point cushion. Diarmaid Walshe then responded with 2 points, one from play as Tinryland settled down to play attractive football. Further points from Niall Lowry, Paul Doyle and Shane Redmond gave Tinryland hope before Cormac Mullins closed the first half scoring with a point in the 30th minute. Half Time score Eire Og 2-6 Tinryland 0-7. 

When Fenagh referee David Hickey resumed proceedings Tinryland showed further positivity and were rewarded with 2 successful Niall Lowry frees to reduce the margin to 3 points with 20 minutes remaining. Tinryland were then dealt a further blow when influential midfielder Mark Morrissey was forced to retire with a knee injury and Eire Og turned the screw in a big way when Jordan Morrissey got the goal of the game following excellent play by Co. star Sean Gannon. Eoin Ruth and Shane Webb then traded points as Tinryland showed a good attitude despite their lack of resources. Eire Og were able to introduce fresh legs at this stage and it had an effect on the tiring limbs of the Tinryland lads. John Murphy and Diarmaid Walshe managed two further points for the men in blue and white before Sean Gannon capped a fine performance with a 4th goal and sub James Brennan and Eoin Ruth closed the scoring to maintain the Y.I. unbeaten run in the league. Final score Eire Og 4-11 Tinryland 0-12

Tinryland are back in action against Old Leighlin on Tuesday 24th April. Time to be confirmed

Tinryland: Trevor O’Reilly, Conor Ryan, John Murphy 0-1, Fionnan Burke, Rory Doyle, Shane Redmond 0-1, Adam Dunne, Mark Morrissey, Niall Lowry 0-4 frees, Conor McGrath, Conor O’Toole, Shane Webb 0-1, Paul Doyle 0-1, Diarmaid Walshe 0-4, 1 free, Matthew O’Toole. Sub Ciaran Townsend for Mark Morrissey injured.

Eire Og: Ricky Keating, Fiach O’Toole, Mark Fitzgerald, Benny Kavanagh, Jordan Lowry, Mark Furey, Evan Kelly, Murtough Ware 2-0, Dean Hayden, Sean Gannon 1-0, Darragh O’Brien 0-4 2 frees, Eoin Ruth 0-3, Adam Murphy 0-1, Jordan Morrissey 1-0, Cormac Mullins 0-2. Subs James Brennan 0-1, Cathal Kelly, Lee Moore, Reece Denieffe, Corey Harmon.

Fenagh too strong for Tinryland in Division 4

posted 14 Apr 2018, 03:55 by tinrylandpro@hotmail.com

By Eamonn Byrne

Fenagh maintained their unbeaten run in division 4 with a comfortable 10 points to spare over Tinryland’s 3rd squad at Hogan Park on Wednesday last 11th April. It was Tinryland that made the early running on a heavy pitch with Dean Farrell (2) and Mick Delaney edging the blue and white hoops into a 3 point advantage by the 11th minute. Fenagh with a good blend of youth sprinkled with experience were back on level terms by the 20th minute following well taken points from Ed. Brown, Adam Kehoe and early substitute Sean McDermott. The home side continued to press Tinryland and at half time led by 3 points after more well taken scores from Michael Murphy (2), Jack Rowan, and Sean McDermott. Half Time score Fenagh 0-7 Tinryland 0-4

Tinryland’s most prominent player Dean Farrell reduced the margin to 2 points shortly after the re-start but this was as near Tinryland got and Fenagh coasted to the finish with a litany of well taken points from Michael Murphy, Billy Nolan, Sean McDermott, Jason Curran, and Michael Butler. Tinryland had a gilt egged goal chance with 5 minutes remaining but Adam Mullens shot was inches off target. Final score Fenagh 0-15 Tinryland 0-5

Outstanding for Fenagh were Sean Brennan, John Hickey, Michael Murphy, Jack Rowan, Adam Kehoe and Michael Butler.

Tinryland’s most prominent players were Dean Farrell, Gary Scully, Colm Kearney, Gregg Murphy, Mark Walshe and Tommy Dunne.

Tinryland are back in division 4 action on Wednesday next 18th April away to Eire Og in pairc Ui Bhrian at 7 p.m.

A minutes silence in memory of Fenagh president Tom Butler and former Tinryland player Ned Townsend was observed before the throw in following the passing of both men earlier in the week.

Fenagh: Declan Murphy, James Nolan, Sean Brennan, Sean Cummins, John Hickey, Niall Hughes 0-1, Michael Murphy 0-3, Jack Rowan, Jamie McCabe 0-1, John Brennan, Billy Nolan 0-1, Michael Butler 0-2, Ed Brown 0-1, Pat Butler, Adam Kehoe 0-1. Subs: Sean McDermott 0-3, Jason Curran 0-2, Jack Hughes, Brian Murphy.

Tinryland: Lee Buggle,Joey Ryan, Padraig Delaney, Mark Walshe, Gary Scully, Tommy Dunne, Colm Kearney, Alan Kirwan, Adam Mullen, Dean Farrell 0-4, James Murphy, Dinny Farrell, Cathal Whelan, Gregg Murphy, Michael Delaney 0-1. Subs: Joe Byrne, Adam Buggle, Barry Power.  

Comfortable league win for Tinryland seniors against newly promoted Kilbride

posted 10 Apr 2018, 14:59 by tinrylandpro@hotmail.com

By Eamonn Byrne

Tinryland were always in control in this S.F.L. division 1 tie against last year’s Intermediate champions in Rathcrogue on Sunday last 8th April. A goal and a point from wing forward Matthew O’Toole within 4 minutes of the throw in set the tone for this game. Kilbride got their opening point in the 7th minute from Stephen Curry but further points from Diarmaid Walshe, Conor O’Toole, and Paul Broderick increased the home team’s advantage before Darragh Foley got Kilbride’s 2nd point from long range. Tinryland were enjoying a lot of possession at this stage with midfielders Glen Doyle and Mark Morrissey dominating and by half time the men in blue and white led by 7 points following a succession of well taken points from Paul Broderick (2), Matthew O’Toole, Conor O’Toole and Glen Doyle. Kilbride added 2 further points to their first half tally via Darragh Foley dead balls. Half time score Tinryland 1-8 Kilbride 0-4.

The second half was only 7 minutes old when Tinryland rattled the Kilbride net once again with Niall Lowry finishing a great move involving Paul Broderick and Diarmaid Walshe. Further points from Walshe (2) and sub Peter Hennessy opened a 13 point gap by the mid-way stage of the 2nd half.

Kilbride were relying on Darragh Foley for their scores at this stage and the Co. man together with Stephen Curry and Brendan Butler added further points as Tinryland coasted home for their first league win. Full time score Tinryland 2-15 Kilbride 0-8.

The entire Tinryland defence were prominent throughout and with Glen Doyle and Mark Morrissey giving a plentiful supply to the forward line Tinryland looked sharp with Paul Broderick, Diarmaid Walshe and Matthew O’Toole their most prominent front men.

Kilbride were best served by Seamus Gray, Darragh Foley, Stephen Curry, Brendan Butler and Davy Moran. Tinryland seniors are back in league action on this coming Sunday 15th April away to Eire Og in Pairc Ui bhrian at 7 p.m.

Tinryland: Trevor O’Reilly, John Paul Moore, John Murphy, Conor Byrne, Rory Doyle, Adam Dunne, Cian Lawlor, Mark Morrissey, Glen Doyle 0-1, Matthew O’Toole 1-2, Paul Broderick 0-4, Conor McGrath, Niall Lowry 1-0, Diarmaid Walshe 0-3, Conor O’Toole 0-2. Subs Shane Redmond, Shane Webb, Peter Hennessy 0-1, Danny Moran, Ronan Curran 0-2 and Paul Doyle.

Kilbride: Alan Reamsbottom, James Foley, Mark Curry, John O’Neill, Sean Foley, Eoin Nolan, Jack Ryan, Seamus Gray, Darragh Foley 0-5, Davy Moran, Stephen Curry 0-2, Griffin Kennedy, Colin O’Toole, Brendan Butler 0-1,……….. Subs: John Fitzpatrick, Padraig Nolan, Vincent Butler. 

SFL Div 4 Tinryland V Naomh Eoin

posted 10 Apr 2018, 14:57 by tinrylandpro@hotmail.com   [ updated 10 Apr 2018, 14:57 ]

By Eamonn Byrne

Naomh Eoin 2-6                                              Tinryland 0-7

Naomh Eoin kept their 100% record intact against Tinryland in S.F.L. division 4 with a 5 point victory over the home side in Rathcrogue on Wednesday last. Goals in the 5th minute from Colin Rea and another from wing forward Michael Treacy were the key scores in this game for the Myshall men who led by 2-3 to 0-1 at the interval with Dean Farrell scoring Tinryland’s solitary first half point in the 28th minute. Another Farrell point shortly after the resumption signalled that the home side were up for a rally but they were dealt a blow seconds later when the lively Farrell received a second yellow card from referee Billy Fanning. Despite their numerical disadvantage Tinryland continued to battle hard scoring 6 further second half points via Gary Fields (3), Gregg Murphy (2) and James Murphy.

Myshall tagged on 3 further points in that second half to run out comfortable winners in the end. Michael and James Kavanagh, Eoin Doyle, Anthony Hogan, Colin Rea and James Kelly were outstanding for the winners while Tinryland had prominent players in Padraig Delaney, Luke Fleming, Tommy Dunne, Gary Scully, Gary Fields, Colm Kearney and Gregg Murphy.

Tinryland: Lee Buggle, Alan Byrne, Padraig Delaney, Joey Ryan, Sean Kirwan, Tommy Dunne, Gary Scully, James Murphy, Luke Fleming, Gary Fields, Alan Kirwan, Colm Kearney, Dean Farrell, Gregg Murphy, Michael Delaney. Sub: Barry Power

Tinryland cross first hurdle in defence of U21 title

posted 3 Apr 2018, 08:24 by tinrylandpro@hotmail.com

 By Eamonn Byrne            

Reigning Carlow U21 champions Tinryland crossed the first hurdle in defence of their title with a late scoring surge against Mount Leinster Rangers at the Training centre on Sunday evening 1st April.

In a game played in difficult  weather conditions the men in blue and white benefitted from two first half goals in the space of 90 seconds which proved to be key scores at the end.

Tinryland were first to score when Peter Hennessy struck a perfect 45 in the 5th minute. Rangers responded in the 11th minute when a 40 metre free was fielded superbly by their corner forward Rory Joyce who crashed home a goal from close range. The reaction from Tinryland was to immediately sweep downfield for full forward Michael Dobosz to put them back in front with a stunning goal to the corner of the Rangers net. It was a lead Tinryland never relinquished. 90 seconds later Niall Lowry’s side line kick found the lively Ronan Curran near the end line. Ronan’s shot across the face of the MLR goal was met by wing forward Conor McGrath who goaled from an acute angle. Half time score Tinryland 2-3 Mount Leinster Rangers 1-2.

The second half saw Rangers take the game to the defending champions with dominant displays by their big name players including Tony Lawler, Gary Lawlor, Kevin McDonald, Chris Nolan and Rory Joyce but the Tinryland defence kept the Southerners at bay with sterling defending from Cormac Kelly, Seamus Curran, Rory Doyle, Conor Ryan, Tommy Dunne and John Murphy. Niall Lowry and Peter Hennessy were having the better of the mid-field exchanges at this stage but it would take Tinryland a full 19 second half minutes to register their next score after Rangers had reduced the margin to the minimum with a 47th minute point from Dean Grennan. This score saw Tinryland finally up the ante and a succession of points from Niall Lowry, Eoghan Hosey and Ronan Curran put them back in the safety zone once again. An injury time Eoghan Hosey goal after the Rangers defence failed to deal with a free was the icing on the Tinryland cake. A semi- final slot with Michael Davitts now awaits the Tinryland men after the Leighlin parish outfit defeated Rathvilly on Easter Monday. Final score Tinryland 3-6 Mount Leinster Rangers 1-5

Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Seamus Curran, Conor Ryan, Cormac Kelly, Rory Doyle, John Murphy, Tommy Dunne, Niall Lowry 0-1, Peter Hennessy 0-1, Conor McGrath 1-0, Keelan Gaffney, Dinny Farrell, Ronan Curran 0-3, Michael Dobosz 1-0,Eoghan Hosey 1-1. Sub Adam Mullen for Dinny Farrell (injured) HT.

Mount Leinster Rangers: Eoin Fenlon, Joseph Ryan, Tony Lawlor, Laurence Scully, Niall Lynam, Gary Lawlor, Dara Tobin, Kevin McDonald 0-1, Darragh O’Toole, John Nolan, Rory Joyce 1-0, Dean Grennan 0-2, James Quinn 0-1, Chris Nolan 0-1. Sub James Kavanagh.

Referee John Hickey (Fenagh).

Tinryland share the spoils with O’Hanrahans in competitive S.F.L. Division 4 opener

posted 1 Apr 2018, 04:32 by tinrylandpro@hotmail.com

By Eamonn Byrne

Tinryland and O’Hanrahans served up a full blooded opening game in the S.F.L. division 4 at Deerpark on Wednesday 28th March. Despite Garry Fields opening the Tinryland account within 30 seconds of the throw in it was the home side that edged the remainder of the first half. The ‘Blues’ scored 8 well taken points in the first 30 minutes via Chris Power (3), mark Delaney (3), and  Oisin Sinnott (2).

Tinryland tagged on 4 further points when they got going again in the 17th minute with Gregg Murphy contributing 3 and Conal O’Shea one during that period. This left the half time score O’Hanrahans 0-8 Tinryland 0-5.

The Blues extended their advantage in the opening eighteen minutes of the 2nd half with more well taken points from Delaney, Sinnott and Eddie Davis before Tinryland got a life-line with a cracking Gregg Murphy goal which left 3 points separating the sides with 10 minutes remaining. A fitter looking Tinryland then outscored O’Hanrahans by 3 points in the closing stages to gain a share of the spoils. Best for O’Hanrahans were Chris Power, Adam Doyle, Ebbie Nolan,Mark Delaney and Oisin Sinnott. Tinryland’s most prominent players were goalkeeper Lee Buggle, Seamus Curran, Gregg Murphy, Colm Kearney and Garry Fields. Final score O ‘Hanrahans 0-12 Tinryland 1-9. Tinryland are back in action on Wednesday next 4th April at home to Naomh Eoin at 7 p.m.

Tinryland: Lee Buggle, Alan Byrne, Joey Ryan, Dean Farrell 0-1, Sean Kirwan, Seamus Curran 0-1, Luke Fleming, Tommy Dunne, Gregg Murphy 1-4, Padraig Delaney, Alan Kirwan, Colm Kearney, Garry Fields 0-2, James Murphy, Conal O’Shea 0-1. Subs: Christoph Chall, Mark Walshe, Darragh Townsend, Garry Scully, Michael Delaney.

 

S.F.L. Division 1 and Andy Murphy Shield final

posted 27 Mar 2018, 02:43 by tinrylandpro@hotmail.com

By Eamonn Byrne    

                           

                                 Palatine 0-18                                       Tinryland 0-11

Palatine laid down a marker for more important battles in 2018 with a dominant second half display in the S.F.L. division 1 and Andy Murphy shield final at Rathcrogue on Sunday evening March 25th.

It was the home side that enjoyed the better of the first half exchanges despite Palatine scoring an opening brace of points via corner forward Conor Crowley and wing back Stephen O’Reilly.

Tinryland then enjoyed a productive spell scoring points from Peter Hennessy (2), Cormac Walshe (2), Niall Lowry, Rory Doyle and Diarmaid Walshe (2) which enabled the home side to lead by 0-8 to 0-4 at half time. The Tinryland defence were doing well at this stage keeping palatine at bay and linking well with the forwards.

It was a completely different affair in the second half and cheered on by a sizable away attendance Palatine upped the ante in a big way to score eleven unanswered points in a golden 20 minute spell.

Points from Conor Reynolds, Paul Reid and sub Andy Kehoe helped to open the floodgates and the home side were on the back burner for most of that second half. Palatine continued to clock up the points tally with Conor Crowley, the Reid brothers John and Paul, Conor Reynolds and Jamie Kenny all contributing to their final tally of 18 points. Tinryland could only manage 3 consolation points in the second half via Niall Lowry and Cormac Walsh (2).

After the game the Andy Murphy shield was presented to Palatine captain Tomas Kenny by Helen Whelan daughter of the late Andy Murphy.

Tinryland’s next game in division 1 will be a home tie with Kilbride on Sunday 8th April at 6.30 p.m.

Tinryland: Trevor O’Reilly, Conor Ryan, Conor Byrne, John Paul Moore, Rory Doyle 0-1, John Murphy, Adam Dunne, Peter Hennessy 0-2, Glen Doyle, Conor McGrath, Niall Lowry 0-2, Matthew O’Toole, Diarmaid Walshe 0-2, Conor O’Toole, Cormac Walshe 0-4. Subs Mark Morrissey, Ronan Curran, Shane Webb, Eoghan Hosey, Tommy Dunne.

 

Junior team maintain J.F.C. (A) status after gritty win over Rathvilly in Bennekerry

posted 15 Oct 2017, 11:28 by tinrylandpro@hotmail.com

By Eamonn Byrne

The season ended at adult level in Bennekerry on Saturday evening 14th October when the Junior (A) team maintained their status in the top junior division with a 7 point win over Rathvilly. The losers of this relegation battle faced demotion to the Junior (B) ranks and a close battle was anticipated by both sets of supporters who bothered to turn up at the Palatine grounds which was in pristine condition.

On a balmy evening on an excellent pitch Tinryland were first on the scoresheet when corner forward Cathal Whelan pointed after good play from Dean Farrell and Keelan Gaffney.

Rathvilly opened their account in the 5th minute with a point from midfielder Gary Owens and the Wicklow border side took the lead in the 9th minute when corner forward David Nolan raised a white flag. Tinryland then began to settle down and the hard working David Townsend levelled matters after 11 minutes when he raised a white flag. Rathvilly then enjoyed a mini purple patch and they edged 2 points clear in a low scoring second quarter with points in the 17th minute from full forward Dominic Byrne and another after 28 minutes from centre forward Jake Elliott. These scores seemed to spur Tinryland into action and a wonderful Keelan Gaffney goal in the 29th minute after good play from Conor Ryan, and David Townsend edged the blue and white hoops into a lead they never relinquished. Mark Dempsey ended the half on a positive noted when he sent over another point in the 30th minute following excellent approach play by himself, Michael Dobosz and Keelan Gaffney. Half time score Tinryland 1-5 Rathvilly 0-4

The second half was only 30 seconds old when Keelan Gaffney stretched the Tinryland lead to 3 points and within another 30 seconds Mark Morrissey who is on a break from the amateur golf circuit scored an excellent point. It took a brilliant save in the 33rd minute from Rathvilly goalkeeper Darragh Donnelly to deny Tinryland veteran Niall Barrett a goal after brilliant approach play by the men from Rathcrogue. Tinryland were in control now and despite kicking 4 more wides in this period of play they had stretched into an 8 point advantage by the 42nd minute following a Dean Farrell superb point and a brilliantly executed goal by Barrett following more good work By Mark Morrissey.

Rathvilly’s response to the Niall Barrett goal was swift and within 60 seconds the ball was in the Tinryland net after an unstoppable shot from full forward Dominic Byrne. Only 5 points now separated the sides and further Rathvilly pressure yielded another point from centre forward Jake Elliott which left 4 points between the teams entering the final quarter. Tinryland then opened up the Rathvilly defence after breaking from the back and Michael Dobosz showed his skill with his sides 3rd goal to give the men in blue and white some breathing space entering the closing stages.

Despite sustained Rathvilly pressure the Tinryland defence held firm in those closing minutes and their final score was a Gary Owens point with 10 minute remaining. Tinryland closed their account in the 51st minute with another Dean Farrell point and with the eventual winners shutting up the shop no further score was registered before referee Richard Sutton sounded the full time whistle.

Final score Tinryland 3-7 Rathvilly 1-6.

Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Liam Fitzpatrick, Conor Ryan, Joey Ryan, Ciaran Townsend, Shane O’Neill, Padraic Whelan, Mark Morrissey 0-1, Keelan Gaffney 1-1, Michael Dobosz 1-0, Mark Dempsey 0-1, Dean Farrell 0-2, Cathal Whelan 0-1, Niall Barrett 1-0, David Townsend 0-1. Subs: Paul Doyle, Gregg Murphy, Eoghan Hosey.

Rathvilly: Darragh Donnelly, Jeff Werth, Wesley Faulkner, Dylan Connors, Jamie Byrne, Kevin McCall, Shane Byrne, Laurence Farrell, Gary Owens, Ryan Sibbald, Jake Elliott, Liam Kelly, Philip Deane, Dominic Byrne, David Nolan.

Clann Na nGael (Meath) 3 17 Bennekerry-Tinryland (Carlow) 3 8

posted 9 Oct 2017, 01:02 by tinrylandpro@hotmail.com

BY Eamonn Byrne

Meath champions Clann na nGael proved too strong for Bennekerry-Tinryland in the quarter final of the Leinster ladies J.F.C. at Sean Newman park in Bohermeen on Sunday last.

Bennekerry-Tinryland started well scoring 4 unanswered points within 8 minutes of the throw in. Roisin Byrne opened their account in the 2nd minute and their early dominance resulted in 3 more points from dead balls by ace sharpshooter Elaine Ware. It could have been even better at this stage as Leah Mullins was inches wide with a goal chance seconds after the throw in.

When the home side who were cheered on by a sizeable crowd finally settled they got a goal back after a defensive blunder when their most influential full forward Louise O’Conner rattled the B-T net in the 9th minute. The sides were level in the 13th minute when Caillin McDonagh pointed for the home team and the Meath champions edged ahead mid-way through the half when O’Connor slotted over a point. Bennekerry-Tinryland briefly regained the lead in the 16th minute with a brilliant individual goal from Leah Mullins but the Clann Na nGael response was swift as Louise O’Connor struck for her second goal to give her team a lead they never relinquished. Elaine Ware kept Bennekerry-Tinryland in touch with a point from play and 2 more successful conversions but Clann Na nGael finished the half well to score 2 further points to leave them with a 4 point advantage when Dublin referee John Doherty sounded the half time whistle.

The Carlow champions narrowed the gap to a single goal with a Stephanie Keogh point seconds after the re-start. This score proved to be a false dawn however and Bennekerry-Tinryland failed to add to their tally over the next 23 minutes. In that time Clann na nGael with Louise O’Connor and centre forward Vivienne McCormack pulling the strings raced into a 13 point lead. Substitute Sinead Hayden scored Bennekerry-Tinryland’s 2nd goal with 7 minutes remaining and the Carlow champions found the net for a 3rd time deep in stoppage time with a Niamh Kelly goal.

Goalkeeper Shannen Cotter together with midfielder Cliodhna Ni She, Leah Mullins, Elaine Ware and subs Niamh Kelly and Sinead Hayden impressed for the Carlow team.

Bennekerry-Tinryland: Shannen Cotter, Ciara Nolan, Leanne Corcoran, Jane Bullen, Michelle mcDermott, Deirdre Tomlinson, Emma O’Regan, Stephanie Keogh 0-1, Cliodhna Ni She, Leah Mullins 1-0, Elaine Ware 0-6 5f, Stephanie Dunne, Aoibhin Webb, Roisin Byrne 0-1, Lauren McGrath.

Subs: Alex McNeill, Ruth Bermingham, Niamh Kelly 1-0, Ashling Kelly, Sinead Hayden 1-0

Tinryland’s wait for a 16th S.F.C. title extends to 37 years after 6 point loss to Eire Og in 1/4 Final

posted 19 Sep 2017, 05:49 by tinrylandpro@hotmail.com

By Eamonn Byrne

Tinryland’s hopes of progressing further in this year’s Michael Lyng motors Carlow S.F.C. melted in the rain at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday 16th September when Eire Og proved that bit stronger for the men in blue and white. In a game which started more than 10 minutes late and was  played in difficult and wet conditions both teams set up in defensive mode showing a lot of respect to each other which at times did not look too pleasing on the eye. It was the Carlow town team however who enjoyed at least 60% of the possession in a game that saw Tinryland lead on only one occasion when the returning Diarmaid Walshe pointed in the 2nd minute after good play by Niall Lowry and Shane Redmond.

Eire Og were back on level terms by the 4th minute when Niall Quinlan successfully converted a free and within 60 seconds they went ahead after a good point from Chris Blake who was well set up by Co. player Sean Gannon. The Y.I. lead was extended to 2 points by the 6th minute when Kelvin Chatten accepted a quick free from Quinlan. Eire Og continued to take the game to Tinryland at this stage but good defensive play from John Paul Moore and Conor Byrne kept them at bay until the 19th minute when the energetic Darragh O’Brien set up Blake for another point to leave the scoreboard reading 0-4 to 0-1 in the town team’s favour at this stage. Tinryland continued to show honesty however and were rewarded a free in the 20th minute but unfortunately James McGrath was off target. Two minutes later Paul Broderick took over kicking duties and the margin was reduced to 2 points after Paul successfully converted the free won by fellow Co. player Danny Moran. Solid play in the defence especially from John Murphy resulted in another Tinryland score when Broderick pointed after great play from Niall Lowry and himself. The final act of the first half saw another Niall Quinlan point after a Tinryland player lost possession which left the half time scoreboard reading Eire Og 0-5 Tinryland 0-3.

When referee David Hughes restarted proceedings Eire Og were dealt an injury blow as early as the 34th minute when Mark Furey was forced to retire and he was replaced by Derek Hayden. By the 36th minute Eire Og were 3 points ahead once more when Sean Gannon was given too much leeway and the Co. star slotted over another point for the men from Teach Asca. That lead extended to 4 points by the 40th minute when Kelvin Chatten raised his second white flag as Glen Doyle was introduced for Peter Hennessy in an effort to add fresh legs to the Tinryland challenge. Great play by Niall Lowry with 18 minutes remaining resulted in a brilliant score from the former C.B.S. All Ireland winning captain just as Tinryland replaced Conor O’Toole with his brother Matthew. Tinryland confidence began to grow once again around this stage of the game and another great Niall Lowry point following good play by Cathal Gaffney and Diarmaid Walshe left only 2 points separating the teams with 13 minutes remaining. Was the impossible about to happen at this stage when Tinryland were awarded a penalty for a tug on James McGrath with 10 minutes left? Tinryland hopes sank however when Paul Broderick was too high with his effort and a point was all we could muster which left Eire Og noses in front by the minimum with 9 minutes left. Taking heart from this let off Eire Og quickly went down the field and one of their best players Darragh O’Brien extended their advantage back out to 2 points once again. Tinryland goalie Trevor O’Reilly was then forced to make a save to prevent an Eire Og goal but Tinryland had a ball turned over shortly afterwards and Chris Blake took full advantage to leave the score at 0-9 to 0-6 with 6 minutes left. Within 2 minutes the confident Eire Og machine had scored another 2 points via a Niall Quinlan free and a Sean Gannon typical effort after the Co. star was allowed to run at the Tinryland defence once more. Diarmaid Walshe gave Tinryland a little hope when he slotted over a point in the 56th minute as Shane Webb replaced Cian Lawlor. The final acts of this game included Eire Og points in the 60th minute from Cormac Mullins just before Glen Doyle received a black card. With the referee signalling 5 minutes of stoppage time Eire Og management shouted at their players to keep ball and run down the clock and on the stroke of the final whistle Niall Quinlan converted another free to leave the final score  Eire Og 0-13 Tinryland 0-7.

Tinryland: Trevor O’Reilly, Danny Moran, Conor Byrne, John Paul Moore, Cathal Gaffney John Murphy, Cian Moore, Cian Lawlor, Peter Hennessy, Shane Redmond, Conor O’Toole, Niall Lowry 0-2, Paul Broderick 0-3, James McGrath, Diarmaid Walshe 0-2.  Subs: Glen Doyle, Matthew O’Toole, Shane Webb, Cormac Walshe.

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