Match Reports

J.F.C. (A) Relegation Match Tinryland V Asca

posted 1 Oct 2018, 08:42 by

BY Eamonn Byrne PRO

                Tinryland   1-11                                                          Asca 1-4

Tinryland avoided the trapdoor into Junior (B) for the 2nd successive year with a comfortable win over their neighbours Asca at the training centre on Friday last.

Asca  who included a number of former Tinryland players in their line up were first on the scoreboard when midfielder Conor Byrne pointed after 2 minutes but this was to prove their only return in the first half as Tinryland dominated possession but missed numerous chances to wrap up the game at this stage. Padraig Townsend opened the Tinryland account in the 3rd minute and the men in hoops were never headed after Ciaran Larkin successfully converted a free in the 9th minute. Townsend stretched the Tinryland advantage to 2 points in the 10th minute after good play by Larkin but the men from Rathcrogue were way off target on numerous occasions in that opening half and only had a 4 point advantage at the break after further points from the hard working Dean Farrell and Ronan Curran. Asca were dealt a major blow just before the interval when goalkeeper Noel O’Reilly received his marching orders for a high tackle on Liam Fitzpatrick having strayed out a long way from his goal in Laois goalie Graham Brody style.

The 2nd half began in identical fashion to the first when Asca doubled their advantage with a Conor Byrne point but Tinryland replied with 3 quick points from Ronan Curran (free), Dean Farrell and Curran again from another dead ball.

Against the run of play Asca then got a major lifeline when full forward Fionn Kehoe crashed the ball past Chris Townsend after a Tinryland defender was dispossessed. A further Asca point from John Dwyer left only 2 points separating the sides at this stage with 15 minutes remaining. These scores seemed to wake up Tinryland from their mini slumber and Dinny Farrell stretched their advantage back out to 3 points after good play by his namesake Dean. Tinryland then made sure of victory when Ronan Curran found the Asca net with 9 minutes remaining after great combination play involving himself, Conor McGrath and Dinny Farrell.

Dean Farrell capped a great evening’s work with another wonderful point in the 53rd minute before John Dwyer for Asca and Ciaran Larkin for Tinryland traded points before referee Brian Deering sounded the full time whistle which saw Tinryland survive in the Junior (A) ranks and Asca drop down to Junior (B) for 2019.

Tinryland had outstanding players in Tommy Dunne, Niall Barrett, Peter Doran, Conor Ryan, Dean Farrell, Dinny Farrell, and Padraig Townsend.

Asca were best served by Ollie Keating, Govonor Ogbonaya, Conor O’Brien, Conor Byrne, John Dwyer and Fionn Kehoe.

Tinryland: Chris Townsend, Liam Fitzpatrick, Peter Doran, Niall Barrett, Ciaran Townsend, Conor Ryan, Tommy Dunne, Dean Farrell 0-3, Conor McGrath, Ciaran Larkin 0-2, Padraig Townsend 0-1, Dinny Farrell 0-1, Ronan Curran 1-3, Mark Dempsey, Eoghan Hosey. Subs: Padraig Delaney, Cathal Whelan.

Asca: Noel O’Reilly, Eoghan Evesson, Brian Jackson, Oliver Keating, Chris Rennick, Conor O’Brien, Govonor Ogbonaya, John Jackson, Conor Byrne 0-2, Jack Redmond, Brian Coogan, Brian Hosey, John Dwyer 0-2, Fionn Kehoe 1-0, Bernard O’Brien. Subs: Darren Quigley, Brendan Short, Nigel Brady.


Tinryland crash out of Michael Lyng Motors S.F.C. after lack lustre performance against M.L.R.

posted 19 Sep 2018, 12:54 by

By eamonn Byrne PRO

On a day of sporting high’s and low’s and numerous shocks Tinryland supporters were on the receiving end of another shock when the senior team exited the championship against Mount Leinster Rangers on Saturday 15TH September.  Most pundits fancied a Tinryland win in this game after some good performances in what was perceived to be the strongest group. Rangers had barely made the quarter final from group 2 having to rely on a single point difference when they gained their only group point against Kilbride.

The dual club started well holding on to the ball in the opening stages but it was the men in blue and white that got on the scoreboard first when full back John Murphy burst forward to slot over the opening point in the 7th minute. The Borris-Ballymurphy based team opened their account with a point from a 45 by Eddie Byrne in the 13th minute and despite strong play from Tinryland it was Rangers that dominated the next 10 minutes scoring a point from play via John Nolan and another one from an Eddie Byrne free in the 17th minute. Try as they might Tinryland found it difficult to break down the South Carlow team who sometimes had 14 players defending. Glen Doyle with a wonderful point in the 22nd minute finally lifted the siege after good play by Adam Dunne and Tinryland began to enjoy themselves when John Murphy levelled matters after a pass from Conor Byrne.  Five minutes later Tinryland supporters finally began to feel happy when centre back Shane Redmond crashed the ball past the Rangers keeper after good play by Paul Broderick and Conor O’Toole. It got even better in the 29th minute when Cormac Walshe extended the lead to 4 points after a passing movement involving himself, Paul Broderick and Conor O’Toole. The half time whistle then sounded to leave the scoreboard reading 1-4 to 0-3 in Tinryland’s favour

When play resumed it was Rangers that made the early running and veteran Willie Hickey reduced the margin to 3 points after only 30 seconds of play. Tinryland then introduced Cian Moore into action for Glenn Doyle as Eddie Byrne successfully converted another free. Five minutes had elapsed when disaster struck for Tinryland when a kick out went straight to Rangers player James Kelly who seized his opportunity to crash the ball past Ciaran Byrne. With Danny Moran replacing Adam Dunne and Mark Morrissey replacing Conor O’Toole Tinryland went on the attack and Paul Broderick slotted over a free to level matters in the 38th minute. Tinryland then regained the lead in the 40th minute when Niall Lowry pointed after a Danny Moran pass. 2 minutes later Diarmaid Walshe had a gilt edged goal chance for Tinryland but he shot wide as Rangers replaced Luke Roche with Tony Lawlor. Taking heart from Tinryland’s miss Eddie Byrne successfully converted another free and it got even better for the M.L.R. men when Conor Fenlon and Eddie Byrne combined for another goal. Tinryland heads began to drop now and by the 49th minute the ball was back in the Tinryland net as Rangers extended their advantage to 7 points. Cathal Gaffney and Paul Doyle then entered the fray replacing Cormac Walshe and Paul Broderick as Eddie Byrne slotted over another point for an 8 point advantage for Rangers. With 5 minutes remaining Diarmaid Walshe reduced the margin to 7 points when he raised a white flag after M.L.R. sub Chris Nolan was Black carded. Tinryland then threw the kitchen sink at Rangers but the men from the south held out until Shane Redmond found the net with almost the last phase of play.  Final score Mount Leinster Rangers 3-8 Tinryland 2-7.

Tinryland’s wait for a 16th Co. title now extends to 38 years.

Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, John Paul Moore, John Murphy, Adam Dunne, Rory Doyle, Shane Redmond, Cian Lawlor, Conor Byrne, Glenn Doyle, Cormac Walshe, Matthew O’Toole, Niall Lowry, Paul Broderick, Diarmaid Walshe, Conor O’Toole. Subs: Danny Moran, Cian Moore, Mark Morrissey, Cathal Gaffney, Paul Doyle.  

Tinryland lose out to Naomh Eoin and now face a relegation battle in J.F.C. (A)

posted 31 Aug 2018, 01:47 by

By Eamonn Byrne PRO

Tinryland and Asca will do battle to retain Junior (A) status following the final round of games in the Talbot Hotel J.F.C. (A) championship played at the training centre on Sunday 26th August.

Tinryland played well but found the going tough against Naomh Eoin’s no 1 team having lost to St. Patrick’s and drawn with Leighlinbridge in previous rounds. Favourites Naomh Eoin were 3 points ahead in the opening 10 minutes courtesy of Donal and Ross Smithers and John Michael Nolan.

Ronan Curran opened the Tinryland account in the 11th minute but the men in blue and white only managed a further point before the interval when Gary Moran raised a white flag to leave the score Naomh Eoin 0-6 Tinryland 0-2 when referee Brian Deering sounded the whistle.

Tinryland were dealt a blow in that opening half when Colm Kearney was forced to retire after a strong challenge and he was replaced by Ciaran Townsend.

Naomh Eoin began the second half with another point from half back James O’Hara but Tinryland responded well with 2 Ronan Curran points and another from Gary Moran to leave the scoreboard reading 0-9 to 0-5 mid-way through the 2nd half. Donal Smithers for Naomh Eoin and Ciaran Larkin for Tinryland then traded points to leave 4 points separating the sides entering the closing stages. Tinryland threw the kitchen sink at the Myshall men in an attempt to salvage the game but Naomh Eoin were given a lifeline when referee Deering awarded a penalty and Donal Smithers duly converted to give his team a somewhat flattering winning margin. Outstanding for Tinryland were Shane O’Neill, Shane Webb, Niall Barrett, Ronan Curran, Padraic Whelan, Paul Doyle, Conor Ryan and Colm Kearney until injured.

Final score Naomh Eoin 1-10 Tinryland 0-6

The relegation battle with Asca will take place in mid-September when the football championships resume.

Tinryland: Chris Townsend, Niall Barrett, Shane O’Neill, Colm Kearney, Shane Webb, Conor Ryan, Dean Farrell, Conor McGrath, David O’Shea, Padraig Townsend, Paul Doyle, Ronan Curran 0-3, Gary Moran 0-2, Keith Jackson, Pauric Whelan,. Subs: Ciaran Townsend, Mark Dempsey, Ciaran Larkin 0-1.

Tinryland qualify for S.F.C. Quarter Final

posted 27 Aug 2018, 05:33 by

 By Eamonn Byrne PRO                              

Tinryland senior footballers jumped a significant hurdle in this year’s Michael Lyng Motors S.F.C. when they accounted for a gritty Old Leighlin side at Spellman Park Kildavin on Saturday 25th August.

Lining out in their away jersey Tinryland were never headed in this encounter after Paul Broderick successfully converted a free in the opening minute. It got even better 3 minutes later when full forward Glenn Doyle side footed the ball to the Old Leighlin net after great approach work from Conor O’Toole. Tinryland were enjoying a lot of possession in the early stages but were rocked back to reality when a David Bambrick attempt  for a point dipped in under the bar to bring the men from Molaise park back into contention. A Sean Kinsella point left the teams all square entering the final quarter of the opening half but Tinryland upped the ante at this stage with midfielders Niall Lowry and Conor Byrne more than holding their own. 4 points in a 5 minute spell from Rory Doyle, Niall Lowry, and Paul Broderick (2) restored Tinryland’s cushion and when Diarmaid Walshe pointed after good play by Paul Broderick Tinryland led by 1-7 to 1-2 when referee Pat Murphy sounded the half time whistle.

With wind advantage the expected Old Leighlin fightback began in earnest and after a lengthy delay due to an injury to Conor Byrne a pair of points from Pat Hickey and Aaron Amond in the 37th and 43rd minutes reduced the Tinryland lead to 3 points before Matthew O’Toole lifted the siege with a wonderful point mid- way through the half. Old Leighlin continued to attack but Tinryland were rock solid in defence and Seamus Kinsells’s 49th minute point from a free was the final score conceded.

Tinryland capped an all- round good performance with further points from Diarmaid Walshe and 2 successful frees from the in- form Paul Broderick to qualify for a quarter final spot against Mount Leinster Rangers on week ending 16th September. Final score Tinryland 1-11 Old Leighlin 1-5

Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, John Paul Moore, John Murphy captain, Adam Dunne, Rory Doyle 0-1, Shane Redmond, Cian Lawlor, Niall Lowry 0-1, Conor Byrne, Cormac Walshe, Matthew O’Toole 0-1, Conor O’Toole, Diarmaid Walshe 0-3, Glen Doyle 1-0, Paul Broderick 0-5. Subs: Peter Hennessy, Mark Lawlor.

Tinryland bow out of J.F.C. (B) at quarter final stage

posted 27 Aug 2018, 05:26 by

By Eamonn Byrne PRO              

             Naomh Eoin 1-13                                                                  Tinryland 1-4

Tinryland 3rds exited the Talbot Hotel Carlow J.F.C. (B) when losing out to Naomh Eoin’s 2nd squad at the training Centre in Fenagh on Wednesday 22nd August. In a cagey first half Naomh Eoin struck first when Jamie Hogan found the Tinryland net as early as the 4th minute. Tinryland immediately replied with a well taken Barry Power point but this proved to be the only score the boys in blue and white could muster in the opening half. They were dealt another blow as early as the 10th minute when wing forward Joe Byrne received his marching orders and despite heroic defensive work the Myshall men added 3 further points to their first half tally from Jamie Hogan, Eanna  Kavanagh and Andrew Redmond. Half time score Naomh Eoin 1-3 Tinryland 0-1.

Naomh Eoin increased their advantage as early as 30 seconds in to the 2nd half and they pulled further clear with an Owen Doyle point in the 31st minute. A penetrating run from Seamus Curran finished to the net by Barry Power gave Tinryland a life line in the 32nd minute and when Richie Whyte slotted over a point one minute later only 3 points separated the sides. Naomh Eoin then regrouped to dominate the next quarter and they raced into a 10 point lead courtesy of great points from Eanna Kavanagh (2), Michael treacy, Johnny Murphy, Treacy again, Andy Redmond and Johnny Murphy. Tinryland had introduced Harry Hennessy, Cathal Whelan, Ross Byrne and Adam Buggle into the fray at this stage and had the misfortune to miss a penalty when Brian Beano Mullen’s spot kick was well saved by Myshall goalie Damien Jordan. The game finished with 2 further Richie Whyte points to leave the final score Naomh Eoin 1-13 Tinryland 1-4

Tinryland: Lee Buggle, Joey Ryan, Seamus Curran, Fergal Kelly, James Murphy, John Whyte, Garry Scully, Gregg Murphy, Adam Mullen, Dinny Farrell, Richard Whyte 0-3, Joe Byrne, Gavin Power, Barry Power 1-1, Brian Mullen. Subs: Ccathal Whelan, Harry Hennessy, Ross Byrne, Adam Buggle.

Tinryland lose by 2 points to Rathvilly in round 2 group game in Carlow S.F.C.

posted 7 Aug 2018, 02:52 by

    By Eamonn Byrne PRO      

                                 Rathvilly 1-7                                 Tinryland 0-8

Tinryland senior footballers were narrowly defeated by last year’s Co. finallists Rathvilly in round 2 of the Michael Lyng Motors Carlow S.F.C. at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday 4th August.

The men in blue and white showed 2 changes from the starting 15 in their 1st round victory over Palatine and enjoyed the lions share of possession for much of the first half but found it difficult to turn this into scores. Tinryland led by the minimum after 19 minutes following a 2nd minute Diarmaid Walshe point from a free and another from Danny Moran in the 13th minute following good play by John Paul Moore and Cormac Walshe. The key moment in this defensive encounter arrived after 19 minutes when Rathvilly’s Garry Dempsey scored the only goal of the game against the run of play after a free had been awarded against a Tinryland defender. Tinryland responded with 2 late first half points from the Walshe brothers Cormac and Diarmaid which left the tie all square when referee David Hughes sounded the half time whistle. Half Time score Tinryland 0-4 Rathvilly 1-1.

When the 2nd half began J J Smith edged Rathvilly back in front with a 32nd minute point before Diarmaid Walshe levelled matters once again. Smith from a 45 and Paul Broderick then traded points to leave matters all square entering the final quarter. At this stage Tinryland had been reduced to 14 men following a second yellow card for midfielder Mark Morrissey but Tinryland remained competitive despite the numerical handicap and recently introduced sub Glen Doyle levelled matters once again in response to a previous Rathvilly point from a free by Brian Murphy.

Rathvilly with their extra man were now putting pressure on the Tinryland defence and Murphy edged them ahead with 10 minutes remaining. The Wicklow border team’s advantage then stretched to 2 points before Tinryland rallied with a good point from the returning Conor O’Toole following good play by John Murphy and recently introduced sub Cian Moore. Tinryland then had a number of chances to level matters but their attempts fell short and Rathvilly sealed their win with another Brian Murphy point in stoppage time. Tinryland will now have to overcome Old Leighlin who shipped a heavy defeat to Palatine on Sunday evening if they are to progress to the knockout stages of this year’s Carlow S.F.C. That game is fixed for week ending 26th August.

Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, John Paul Moore, John Murphy, Adam Dunne, Rory Doyle, Shane Redmond, Danny Moran 0-1, Peter Hennessy, Mark Morrissey, Cormac Walshe 0-1, Matthew O’Toole, Cian Lawlor, Diarmaid Walshe 0-3, Paul Broderick 0-1, Conor O’Toole 0-1. Subs Glen Doyle 0-1, Cian Moore, Cathal Gaffney, Mark Lawlor.        

Tinryland stage Lazarus like comeback to share spoils with Leighln in J F.C. (A)

posted 3 Aug 2018, 05:32 by

By Eamonn Byrne

                   Tinryland 3-11                                                    Leighlinbridge 3-11

Tinryland staged a Lazarus type comeback to share the spoils with Leighlinbridge in a thrilling Talbot Hotel J.F.C. round 2 Group 2 game at the training centre in Fenagh on Thursday 2nd August. The men in blue and white hoops had shipped a heavy defeat in round 1 against St. Patricks and looked to be heading for a similar reverse as the All Black completely dominated a one sided first half. The game was stopped immediately after the throw in when Tinryland’s Padraig Townsend was forced to leave the field after a clash of heads that required attention and Eoghan Hosey entered the fray as a blood sub. After receiving attention from the Physio Townsend rejoined the action shortly afterwards.

Leighlinbridge opened the scoring in the 2nd minute when veteran full forward Val Fleming converted a free and the same player repeated the dose 3 minutes later as Leighlinbridge carried the game to Tinryland. A David Lillis point in the 7th minute was followed by a Val Fleming goal and by the 15th minute Leighlinbridge supporters were very happy with their team as the Tinryland net had been rattled for a second time after dual player Dessie Shaw made no mistake from close range. Leighlinbridge were eleven points clear at this stage before Tinryland midfielder Mark Lawlor stemmed the flow with his side’s opening point from long range in the 16th minute. With Val Fleming, Dessie Shaw and David Lillis pulling the strings Leighlinbridge continued to take the game to a startled Tinryland who tagged on their second point in the 22nd minute via Ciaran Larkin. Tinryland despite trailing by eleven points at this stage finally began to believe in themselves and Leighlin keeper Christy Kearney was forced to make a point blank save from a Dean Farrell piledriver as Tinryland finally began to wake from their slumbers. The final action of an almost one sided first half saw Tinryland points from Garry Moran and Padraig Townsend to leave the “invisible” scoreboard reading 2-8 to 0-4 in favour of Leighlinbridge when referee John Hickey sounded the half time whistle. Half Time score Leighlinbridge 2-8 Tinryland 0-4.

When play resumed one of  Tinryland’s best players Mark Lawlor reduced the margin to 9 points with another wonderful point in the 31st minute but Tinryland hopes were short lived by the 34th minute when All Black corner forward Lee Conran deflected a high delivery past Tinryland goalkeeper Chris Townsend and the entire Tinryland full back line. It looked game set and match for the Leighlin men at this stage as they led by 12 points with 25 minutes remaining. It was at this stage that Tinryland finally began to shed their shackles of doubt and for the next 25 minutes Tinryland supporters were treated to a completely different and honest approach as the men in blue and white set out to retrieve what appeared a hopeless situation. The comeback began with a Ronan Curran point after more good play from Mark Lawlor and when Shane Webb raised another white flag and David Townsend rattled the net in the 38th minute only 7 points now separated the sides.

Leighlinbridge briefly stemmed the flow with 2 points from Lee Conran and Des Shaw but with the strong breeze now in their favour Tinryland were mopping up all the dirty ball around the middle and were rewarded when a penalty was won and converted by wing forward David Townsend who was increasingly making an impact in this remarkable game.  Townsend struck again 2 minutes later and his 3rd goal in the space of 12 minutes left only 2 points separating the sides as doubt was rapidly seeping into the Leighlinbridge players. Further points from David Townsend in the 51st and 57th minutes brought parity for Tinryland for the first time since the throw in and the men in hoops had at least 4 more chances to gain a remarkable victory before Leighlinbridge finally broke upfield to gain a valuable free deep in stoppage time. Dessie Shaw duly pointed to put his team back in front and it looked that the Tinryland comeback was in vain as both sets of supporters waited for John Hickeys long whistle. Remarkably Tinryland got one last chance and in the 63rd minute Mark Lawlor capped an outstanding night’s work with a wonderful equaliser that would have done justice to any GAA stadium at inter county level. The final whistle then sounded as both sets of player’s exchanged pleasantaries after an absorbing game that had everything that is good in gaelic football.

Outstanding for Tinryland who will play Naomh Eoin in their final group game on week ending 26th August were defenders Peter Doran, Conor Ryan, Colm Kearney and sub Tommy Dunne. At midfield Mark Lawlor was outstanding and he was well supported by David “Dotsy” O’Shea. Up front David Townsend was the star man notching 3-2 and he was well supported by Padraig Townsend just returned from his honeymoon together with Ronan Curran, Ciaran Larkin and the diminutive sub Eoghan Hosey.

Tinryland: Chris Townsend, Liam Fitzpatrick, Peter Doran, Colm Kearney, Shane Webb 0-1, Conor Ryan, Dean Farrell, Mark Lawlor 0-4, David O’Shea, Ciaran Larkin 0-1, Padraig Townsend 0-1, David Townsend 3-2, Garry Moran 0-1, Niall Barrett, Ronan Curran 0-1. Subs Eoghan Hosey, Tommy Dunne.

Leighlinbridge: Christy Kearney, Adrian Dermody, Eoin Ryan, Jonathan Stringer, Cathal Brennan, Odhran Ryan, Ciaran Casey, Liam O’Braonain, Sean Brennan, Paky Fleming, Dessie Shaw 1-3, David Lillis 0-3, Lee Conran 1-1, Val Fleming 1-4, Aidan Lillis. Subs: Caoimhin Ryan, Craig Lawlor, David Kehoe, Edmund Dermody.


Referee John Hickey Fenagh

JFC 'A' Tinryland V St Patrick's

posted 24 Jul 2018, 06:38 by

By Eamonn Byrne               

St Patricks 7-13                                                       Tinryland 2-9

Former senior outfit St. Patricks proved too strong for Tinryland’s second string in the opening round of the Talbot Hotel Carlow J.F.C. (A) at the Fenagh training centre on Sunday evening 22nd July.

The first half was a competitive affair with Tinryland leading by 4 points at one stage courtesy of a cracking individual goal from Ronan Curran and a quintet of well taken points from Shane O’Neill, Ciaran Larkin (2), Mark Lawlor and Mark Dempsey. St. Patrick’s came more into the game at the half way stage of the first half with 2 Jack Kennedy goals but Tinryland remained competitive with a brilliant goal from Mark Dempsey after great work from Ronan Curran.

Tinryland were dealt a blow just before half time when Padraic Whelan received a harsh looking red card from referee John Hickey and a further blow was dealt at half time when Keith Jackson and Liam Fitzpatrick both had to retire with injuries. Half time score St. Patrick’s 3-6 Tinryland 2-6.

The second half was a one way affair with the Tullow team adding 4 further goals to their tally courtesy of Paddy McCall, John Fitzgerald, Cathal Murray and Shane Rohan.  Tinryland could only manage 3 further points in that second half from substitute Niall Barrett, Ciaran Larkin, and Barrett again on the stroke of full time.

Tinryland’s most prominent players on Sunday were Peter Doran, Conor Ryan, Mark Lawlor, Shane O’Neill, Ronan Curran, Mark Dempsey (until injured) and Ciaran Larkin. Tinryland’s next outing in the Talbot Hotel J.F.C. (a) will be against Leighlinbridge on August bank Holiday weekend 5th August.

The final group game will be against Naomh Eoin at the end of August.

Tinryland: Chris Townsend, Colm Kearney, Peter Doran, Liam Fitzpatrick, Shane Webb, Conor Ryan, Tommy Dunne, Keith Jackson, Mark Lawlor 0-1, Padraic Whelan, Shane O’Neill 0-1, David O’Shea, Ronan Curran 1-1, Mark Dempsey 1-1, Ciaran Larkin 0-3. Subs: Niall Barrett 0-2, Eoghan Hosey, Padraig Delaney.

Tinryland get their S.F.C. campaign off to the best possible start with 3 point win over Palatine

posted 22 Jul 2018, 02:37 by

By Eamonn Byrne

                                 Tinryland 3-8                                        Palatine 0-14

Tinryland senior footballers made a great start to the Michael Lyng motors S.F.C. with a 3 point victory over highly rated Palatine at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday 21st July. Written off by pundits and bookmakers alike Tinryland were freely available at 7/2 and 4/1 with the major bookmaking firms but belied those odds with a scintillating second half display when they turned a 3 point half time deficit into a 3 point lead by the end of the 60 minutes. The men in blue and white got off to a perfect start when midfielder Mark Morrissey slotted home a 2nd minute goal having ghosted in past the Pal defence after  a pin point pass from Niall Lowry. Diarmaid Walshe slotted over a 4th minute point but this was to be Tinryland’s last score for 25 minutes as Palatine proved much more clinical when it came to taking their scoring chances. Tinryland did kick 7 wides during that barren spell but Pal. gradually turned the screw to lead by 4 points before Cormac Walshe reduced the margin to 3 points shortly before referee Jonathon Murphy from St. Mullins sounded the half time whistle. Tinryland had lost defender John Paul Moore to a leg injury mid-way through that first half and he was replaced by Cathal Gaffney. Half time score Palatine 0-8 Tinryland 1-2.

When the second half began it was a completely transformed Tinryland that took the field and after winning the throw in the margin was reduced to 2 points after only 30 seconds when Matthew O’Toole slotted over a well taken point. A Mark Morrissey point in the 34th minute followed by another from Niall Lowry and a pair of converted frees from Paul Broderick saw Tinryland back level by the 35th minute. The game was beginning to change at this stage with Tinryland winning a lot of ball around the middle and by the 40th minute the men from Rathcrogue were back in front after a fantastic goal from Diarmaid Walshe. The Co. player who played a significant role for Carlow this year tagged on another point in the 41st minute and suddenly Tinryland supporters began to dream that a significant win might be on the cards. Palatine however were having none of this and with 10 minutes remaining the men from Cnoc Arda were within striking distance once again having scored 3 unanswered points in a 9 minute spell. Tinryland though were not finished and a brilliant move involving a number of players was finished by team captain John Murphy who capped a very fine performance with a wonderful goal to edge his team 4 points clear once again. Palatine then threw the kitchen sink at Tinryland in an effort to retrieve the situation they found themselves in and excellent defending by the entire Tinryland squad kept the Pal. return to a single point in those closing stages. Tinryland were dealt a blow in those closing minutes when mid fielder Conor Byrne received a harsh enough looking red card after taking down Palatine’s Co. star Conor Lawlor. Many felt that a black card was the correct punishment. Palatine also lost a player shortly afterwards when Jason Kane received his marching orders from the referee who sounded the final whistle immediately after Palatine failed to breach the Tinryland defence one last time in those dying seconds.

Tinryland who play Rathvilly next on August 5th had many heroes on Saturday. Ciaran Byrne in goal made a number of fine saves and he was well supported by the entire defence of Danny Moran, Shane Redmond, John Paul Moore, Rory Doyle, Adam Dunne sub Cathal Gaffney and captain fantastic John Murphy.

At mid field Mark Morrissey and Conor Byrne did an immense amount of work to curtail the Pal engine of Ciaran Moran and Niall Reid. Up front Tinryland had more than one string to their bow and with Paul Broderick being guarded closely throughout he nevertheless opened up the Pal defence and allowed the Walshe brothers Diarmaid and Cormac together with Cian Lawlor, Niall Lowry and  Matthew O’Toole to express themselves freely in that golden second half. Tinryland’s other subs included Glen Doyle and Conor O’Toole who both made a significant contribution when introduced.

Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Danny Moran, Shane Redmond, Adam Dunne, John Paul Moore, John Murphy 1-0, Rory Doyle, Conor Byrne, Mark Morrissey 1-1, Niall Lowry 0-1, Matthew O’Toole 0-1, Cormac Walshe 0-1, Diarmaid Walshe 1-2, Paul Broderick 0-2, Cian Lawlor. Subs: Cathal Gaffney, Glen Doyle, Conor O’Toole.

Non playing subs: Paul Doyle, Peter Hennessy, Conor Ryan, Cian Moore, Ciaran Larkin, Padraic Whelan, Mark Lawlor, Gary Moran, David O’Shea, Keith Jackson      

Tinryland advance to J.F.C. (B) quarter final despite 5 point loss to Kildavin-Clonegal

posted 19 Jul 2018, 05:44 by

By Eamonn Byrne


Kildavin-Clonegal 4-9                                                  Tinryland 3-7

The Carlow J.F.C. (B) knockout stages were finalised following this exciting final group 2 fixture at Rathcrogue on Wednesday last 18th July. The winners advanced to the semi-final while Tinryland progress to the quarter final after Eire Og overcame O’Hanrahans at Pairc Ui Bhrian.

After a competitive opening 25 minutes Tinryland led by the minimum following well taken points from Gary Moran, Richard Whyte, Joe Byrne and Gregg Murphy (2). Kildavin-Clonegal stayed in touch with early scores from Dylan Kelly, Eoin Roche, Mark Nolan and Richard Sinnott.

The shape of the game was then formed in a 5 minute spell just before the interval when the Wexford border team added 2-3 without reply with their goals coming from corner forward Podge Ryan and centre forward Mark Nolan after some sloppy defending by the home side.

Tinryland rang the changes at half time and one of their substitutes Ronan Curran slotted over a point within 30 seconds of the re-start before full forward Richie Whyte signalled a major revival when he found the K-C net in the 36th minute. The Kildavin-Clonegal response was swift and another Podge Ryan goal in the 40th minute extended their lead back to 7 points. Both sides then emptied their benches and with 12 minutes remaining Tinryland were awarded a penalty which Gary Moran duly converted. At the other end sub Paddy Kavanagh slotted home a 4th goal for Kildavin-Clonegal. Tinryland continued to press and were rewarded with a point and a goal from substitutes Niall Barrett and Barry Power before former Carlow senior player Richard Sinnott had the luxury of tapping a penalty over the bar to ensure that his team advanced to the semi-final as group 2 winners. One pleasing aspect from Tinryland’s point of view was that 28 players were available for this fixture. Not bad going for a rural club’s third string.

Outstanding for Kildavin-Clonegal were Liam Murphy, Andrew Nolan, Paul Kelly, Ian St. Ledger, Eoin Roche, and Podge Ryan. Tinryland’s stand out player was the diminutive Colm Kearney backed up by Gary Scully, Gregg Murphy, Eoghan Hosey, Jack Lowry and Gary Moran.

Kildavin-Clonegal: Damien Byrne, James Kavanagh, Liam Murphy, Robert St. Ledger, Andrew Nolan 0-1, Paul Kelly, Martin Boland, Killian Redmond, Barry Foley, Dylan Kelly 0-1, Mark Nolan 1-1, Ian St. Ledger 0-1, Eoin Roche 0-1, Richard Sinnott 0-3, Padraig Ryan 2-1. Subs: Paddy Kavanagh 1-0, Donnacha Ryan, Niall Hickey.

Tinryland: Lee Buggle, Fergal Kelly, Colm Kearney, Joey Ryan, Gary Scully, David O’Shea, James Murphy, Gregg Murphy 0-1, Eoghan Hosey, Gary Moran 1-2, Jack Lowry, Joe Byrne 0-1, Cathal Whelan, Richard Whyte 1-1, Padraig Delaney. Subs: Dean Farrell, Niall Barrett 0-1, Ronan Curran 0-1, Kuba Dobosz, Mark Walshe, Barry Power 1-0.

Referee Cathal McSteen

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