By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland minors put on an exhibition of impressive football when reaching the M.F.C. (B) final when they defeated St. Patricks at the Netwatch Training centre in Fenagh on Tuesday 4th October. Despite the final score of 1-21 to 1-8 Tinryland found the Slaneysiders tough opponents and it took most of the first half for the boys in blue and white to break down the Tullow team’s resistance.
Tinryland were 2 points up within 3 minutes after early points from the impressive Michael Dobosz after good work by Rory Doyle and Dinny Farrell and a successful free from Keelan Gaffney. St. Pats lost wing forward Ryan Doran to an early injury and they opened their account in the 6th minute with a point from Jamie Farrell. Both sides then had scoring chances before Keelan Gaffney converted another free and T.J.Kavanagh did likewise for the Tullow boys. Tinryland then began to turn on the power scoring impressive points from Ronan Curran, Rory Doyle and Curran again to lead by 4 points by the 26th minute. Jonathon Curran and Eamonn Murphy and Ronan Curran added more points to the Tinryland tally following good play by Tommy Dunne, Eoin Hosey, Cuan Burke, Rory Doyle and Conor Ryan while T.J. Kavanagh kept the Tullow account ticking with a 29th minute point which left the half time scoreboard reading Tinryland 0-9 St. Patricks 0-3.
A strong half time team talk from the Tinryland management team helped to keep the momentum going when the 2nd half began and within 5 minutes Tinryland had stretched clear by 9 points following well taken points by Jonathon Curran, Keelan Gaffney (free), Ronan Curran and Michael Dobosz after a lot of groundwork was done by defenders Rory Doyle, Fergal Kelly, Rory Dunbar, Tommy Dunne, Cuan Burke and Eamonn Murphy together with steady goalkeeper Cian Nolan. St. Pats managed a point in the 37th minute from sub Craig Keenan but Tinryland kept the umpires at the Fenagh end busy with further points from Conor Brennan, Michael Dobosz, Dinny Farrell, Ronan Curran and Tommy Dunne to lead by 18 points to 4 points by the 45th minute. Cormac Flynn then managed to put the ball into the Tinryland net in the 38th minute and when the Tullow boys pointed with 10 minutes remaining the gap was reduced to 11 points as Tinryland began to give their bench a run sending in Aubrey Bradley, Rory Moore, Shea Byrne, Luke Fleming and Alan Grogan. A super goal by Tinryland’s impressive full forward Michael Dobosz with 9 minutes remaining put the icing on the cake and Tinryland cruised to the finish scoring further points via Rory Doyle and Dobosz as the Tullow challenge finally wilted. Final score Tinryland 1-21 St. Patricks 1-8.
Tinryland: Cian Nolan, Eamonn Murphy 0-1, Tommy Dunne 0-1, Fergal Kelly, Cuan Burke, Rory Doyle 0-2, Rory Dunbar, Conor Ryan, Keelan Gaffney 0-3 f, Conor Brennan 0-1, Ronan Curran 0-6 1f, Jonathon Curran 0-2, Dinny Farrell 0-1, Michael Dobosz 1-4, Eoin Hosey. Subs: Aubrey Bradley, Rory Moore, Shea Byrne, Luke Fleming, Alan Grogan.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland captured the Carlow u12 division 2A title by a single point in an 8 goal thriller at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday 1st October. In one of the best underage games seen at the venue in 2016 Tinryland dominated the early proceedings scoring 2 points in the opening minute via Mark Mullen and Conor Carew after early pressure yielded a free kick for the boys in blue and white. Tinryland were dealt an injury blow as early as the 3rd minute when Alan Bohanna had to leave the field to be replaced by Bobby Doyle. A move involving Tinryland players Kate McDonald, Killian Fagan, Mark Mullen, Seamus McCullough and Conor Carew resulted in a goal from the midfielder to put Tinryland 5 points ahead by the 5th minute. A great save by Tinryland goalkeeper Charlie Horkan kept Burren Rangers at bay before their influential mid fielder Andrew Synoradzki opened the Rangers account with a point after 6 minutes. Another white flag was raised at the Tinryland end seconds later when Shane Duffy doubled the Ballon parish teams account as both teams went hell for leather in search of further scores. After great defensive work by Conor Carew and Killian Fagan Tinryland drove forward to score their 2nd goal in the 9th minute from Fagan. Burrin responded with a well struck free from Synoradzki while Charlie Horkan in the Tinryland goal made another wonderful save to keep his goal intact in the 10th minute. Burrin Rangers then began to grow in confidence and a successful free from Andrew Synoradzki reduced Tinryland’s lead to 4 points before another point from Josh Fernandez left only a goal between the sides entering the final 5 minutes of the first half. Shane Duffy scored another Burrin point with 4 first half minutes remaining but Tinryland lifted the siege when Bobby Doyle found the net after a defensive error by the opposition. Burrin then responded in the best possible fashion with a goal out of the top drawer scored by their no 10 Daniel Morahan while Tinryland were guilty of 2 wides in quick succession. The closing minutes of the opening half saw Jonah Webb win 2 frees for the hoops and both were converted by Conor Carew to leave the half time scoreboard reading Tinryland 3-3 Burrin Rangers 1-6.
When Rathvilly referee Eamonn Molloy restarted proceedings Alan Bohanna re appeared after his early first half injury. Within one minute the sides were all square following a Burrin goal from Synoradzki but within seconds Tinryland’s 3 point advantage was restored after a super goal from the hard working Seamus McCullough who worked his socks off throughout this enthralling game. McCullough won a free 60 seconds later and Conor Carew duly converted to put Tinryland 4 points clear and after the excellent Killian Fagan had seen his rasper hit the post McCullough won another free for his team and Carew repeated his free taking skills to send Tinryland 5 clear with 15 minutes remaining. Burrin then began to enjoy a period of dominance but great defending by Killian Fagan and Ruairi Scully kept the Tinryland lead intact and by the half way stage of the 2nd half the Tinryland advantage was stretched to 7 points following 2 brilliant points from Conor Carew and a booming 45 straight over the black spot from Killian Fagan. Burrin then began to throw the kitchen sink at Tinryland in a bid to retrieve the situation they were in and they got a goal back with 5 minutes remaining when Aaron Gordon ghosted in past the Tinryland defence to deflect the ball past Charlie Horkan in the Tinryland goal. Burrin tails were up now and they went for the jugular and were rewarded further when defender Evan Corr found the net with one minute remaining. Tinryland supporters then had to endure over 4 minutes of stoppage time during which heroic defending and some good luck kept the ball out of the net which would have given a dramatic victory to the Ballon parish team. Burrins best chance with seconds to go was saved by Tinrylands superb goalkeeper Charlie Horkan who along with Conor Carew, Killian Fagan, Ruairi Scully, Mark Mullen, Seamus McCullough, Jonah Webb and sub Bobby Doyle were among the outstanding players on view in this noon thriller at Netwatch Cullen Park. Final score Tinryland 4-7 Burrin Rangers 4-6.
Well done to team mentors Bernard Mullen, Mike Carew, Peter Scully, David Donegan
Tinryland: Charlie Horkan, Cian McGuire, Kate McDonald, Alan Bohanna, Jonah Webb, Mark Mullen, Ruairi Scully, Conor Carew, Killian Fagan, Seamus McCullough, Josh Donegan, Jacob Traynor, Peter Whelan, Bobby Doyle, Liam Donoghue, Alex Farrell, Conal McGuire
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland’s No. 1 junior team made their exit from the championship when they were well beaten in the end by a strong St. Patricks outfit in the semi-final played at Netwatch Cullen Park on Friday 30th September. Tinryland more than matched their opponents for most of the first half and were leading by 4 points to 3 after 18 minutes following a superb Adam Murphy point after good play by his mid field partner John Fleming. The game began with the Tullow men taking an early advantage scoring points in the 3rd and 5th minutes from former Carlow senior player Jack Kennedy. The Slaneysiders squandered a gilt edged goal chance in the 6th minute when full forward Paddy Tobin missed a golden opportunity to raise a green flag. The Tinryland account was opened in the 7th minute with a Ciaran Townsend point following good play by Padraig Delaney and Paul Doyle. Paul Doyle then slotted over a great point in the 10th minute to level matters after excellent play involving Ciaran Townsend and Adam Murphy. The Tinryland goal at the other end led a charmed life at this stage and a brilliant save by goalkeeper Sean McLaughlin plus good defending by Peter Doran, Shane O’Neill and Conor Ryan kept the Tullow men at bay before the men from Bro Leo Park regained the lead with a point from centre forward John Fitzgerald. This player who picked up an injury shortly afterwards was then substituted and his replacement Eoin Doyle made a big impact and was involved in most of the St. Patricks scores from then on. Alan Barrett levelled matters for Tinryland with a 14th minute point and after Adam Murphy’s great point in the 18th minute St. Pats went back in front with a well worked goal by full forward Paddy Tobin after good work by Jack Kennedy and his fellow forward Padraig Murphy. Substitute Eoin Doyle increased the advantage in the 24th minute before Ciaran Townsend won a free which was converted by Ciaran Larkin. The first half ended with Jack Kennedy converting a free for St. Patricks and a great point from David Townsend after good play by Ciaran Townsend. Half Time score St. Patrick’s 1-5 Tinryland 0-6
The second half began with the Tullow men turning the screw and 3 points from Kennedy, Doyle and Murphy in the opening 12 minutes plus another from midfielder Willie Doran saw the eventual winners leading by 6 points mid-way through the second half. Tinryland had introduced Jack Lowry, Padraig Townsend and Michael Dobosz into the fray at this stage and received a slice of good fortune with 12 minutes remaining when a long punt by David Townsend was fumbled by St.Patricks goalie Jim Bob Tobin and Ciaran Larkin slotted the ball into the net to reduce the margin to 3 points. This was a false dawn for Tinryland however and proved to be their only 2nd half score. In the last quarter Tullow completely began to dominate and another Padraig Murphy point was followed by a goal from corner forward Eoin O’Toole after a Tinryland kick out was intercepted and a succession of points from Jack Kennedy (2), Eoin Doyle, Padraig Murphy, Lee Kavanagh and Paddy Tobin put the game to bed. Tinryland fans and players were relieved to hear referee David Hickey’s final whistle and St. Patrick’s now advance to meet Eire Og in the Carlow J.F.C. (A) final. Final score St. Patrick’s 2-16 Tinryland 1-6.
Tinryland: Sean McLaughlin, Liam Fitzpatrick, Peter Doran, Conor Ryan, Dermot McGuill, Shane O’Neill, Adam Dunne, Adam Murphy 0-1, John Fleming, David Townsend 0-1, Ciaran Larkin 1-1, Paul Doyle 0-1, Padraig Delaney, Alan Barrett 0-1, Ciaran Townsend 0-1. Subs Jack Lowry, Padraig Townsend, Michael Dobosz, Dean Farrell, Dylan Byrne, John Whyte.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland landed the Carlow J.F.C. (C) title under the Netwatch Cullen park floodlights with a dramatic second half comeback against fancied Ballon on Friday 23rd September. Prior to this the game seemed to be slipping away from the men in blue and white on a number of occasions with the Ballon men holding 4 and 6 point advantages either side of half time.
Tinryland found themselves trailing by 3 points after 9 minutes following 2 points from frees by Ballon centre forward James Doyle and a well struck point from former O’Hanrahans player Paul Lyons in the 4th minute. The Tinryland account was opened in the 10th minute by birthday boy Brian “Beano” Mullen who slotted over the opening point after good play by John Whyte, Paddy Byrne and David O’Shea. Ballon responded with points from their lively full forward Dessie Nolan and another successful free from James Doyle to edge 4 points ahead by the 15th minute.
A slick move involving Adam Mullen, Barry Power, veteran P.J.Murphy and John Whyte resulted in a great Dean Farrell point in the 16th minute before Ballon edged 4 points ahead once again when wing forward John Murphy raised a white flag at the Canary end. More good play by P.J.Murphy, David O’Shea, Paddy Byrne and team captain John Whyte ended with another “Beano” Mullen point before Dessie Nolan restored the Ballon 4 point advantage. The men in white and red extended their lead in the 26th minute with another Dessie Nolan point as Tinryland made their first substitution introducing Fergal Kelly into defensive duty. Tinryland who were facing the rising wind then struck for a crucial score when David “Dotsy” O’Shea crashed the ball past Ballon goalkeeper Jack Ryan shortly before Eire Og referee Enda Hulton sounded the half time whistle. Half time score Ballon 0-8 Tinryland 1-3.
With the strengthening wind now in their favour Tinryland were in confident mood heading in to the 2nd half but it was Ballon who stretched further ahead with another successful free from centre forward James Doyle. Michael Dobosz who had entered the fray at half time then made an instant impact when he scored a wonderful point in the 32nd minute but Tinryland joy was short lived as James Doyle somehow found space to out run the Tinryland defence and Michael Delaney had no chance of saving Ballons only goal. When Doyle successfully converted his 6th free in the 35th minute it looked curtains for Tinryland but remarkably this proved to be Ballons last score of the match as Tinryland with the aid of fresh legs from the bench gradually took over in all sectors. Michael Mullen who had just come on as a sub made an instant contribution when he slotted over a free in the 38th minute and after David O’Shea had a goal denied by the post Muzzy reduced the defecit to 4 points with 17 minutes remaining. It was all Tinryland now and as the game entered the final quarter Tinryland were awarded a penalty. Michael Mullen struck the penalty well but Ballon goalie Jack Ryan somehow got his boot to it and the danger was temporarily averted from a Ballon viewpoint.
Fergal Kelly, Seamus Curran and P.J. Murphy who has made more comebacks than Lazarus then set up Michael Mullen for another wonderful point and suddenly Tinryland scented victory as the recently introduced Cathal Whelan narrowed the margin to 2 points with 9 minutes remaining. As Ballon legs began to wobble Tinryland went for the jugular and were rewarded by a wonderful goal by sub Jason Curran who had been introduced early in the 2nd half. Tinryland were now ahead for the first time and at the right time and the icing was applied when Michael Dobosz capped a wonderful performance with a brilliant point to edge Tinryland 2 points ahead. In what seemed an eternity for Tinryland fans the game finally ended with Tinryland winning the title by 2-9 to 1-10. Tinryland captain John Whyte was then presented with the cup by Tinryland’s own Cormac O’Toole the current treasurer of Carlow Co. Board.
All 20 players were heroes on Friday and the celebrations afterwards added to Brian Mullens 21st birthday party resulted in a great night of celebration in the club.
Tinryland: Michael Delaney, Alan Byrne, Joey Ryan, Paddy Byrne, P.J.Murphy, John Whyte captain, Seamus Curran, Adam Mullen, Alan Kirwan, Dean Farrell 0-1, David O’Shea 1-0, Gary Scully, Eoin Fields, Barry Power, Brian Mullen 0-2. Subs: Fergal Kelly, Michael Dobosz 0-2, Jason Curran 1-0, Michael Mullen 0-3, Cathal Whelan 0-1.
By David Byrne
Tinryland U16s played Clonmore in the Division 2 final on Thursday 15th in Netwatch Cullen Park. Under pressure from the start the Tinryland team fought hard and put together a fine run in the first half which saw them score five unanswered points to go ahead midway through the half. Clonmore's midfield, which proved a handful all night, got them back into the game with a goal and a succession of points. The Tinryland boys never let their heads go down and responded with a couple of scores to finish strongly. Half time score Tinryland 0-8 Clonmore 1-8
The second half was a much more one sided game as the power of Clonmore proved too much for a brave Tinryland team which never stopped running and fought right to the final whistle. Final score Tinryland 0-9 Clonmore 3-16
Tinryland: Maurice Lawlor, Dannan Burke, Ben Murphy, Mark Walsh, Jack Murphy, Fiach Millward, Eoin Gannon (c) Jonah Dunne, Neung Kelly, Kostya Cahill, Dinny Farrell (0-1) Cormac O'Brien (0-1) Brian McGrath, Pavel Cahill, Ronan Curran (0-7). Subs: Sam Byrne, John Dempsey, Brian Geoghegan, Adam Nolan, Paddy Regan, Rory Walsh
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland senior footballers lost out by the minimum margin to 2015 finallists Old Leighlin in an instense Michael Lyng motors Carlow S.F.C. quarter final at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday 17th September. Showing 2 changes from the starting 15 that defeated O’Hanrahans six days earlier the Tinryland line up and playing subs also included almost half of the u21 team that played Eire Og in the Co semi-final 72 hours earlier.
The game began on a positive note for the men in blue and white when Diarmaid Walshe converted a free within 60 seconds of the throw in after an Old Leighlin defender over carried when attempting to clear his lines. The men from Molaise Park were back on level terms within one minute when Seamus Kinsella raised a white flag and they hit the front in the 7th minute with another point scored by Cathal Coughlan. Tinryland were guilty of some sloppy play around this time and they were punished again in the 8th minute when one of Old Leighlin’s best players Hughie Gahan pointed. Tinryland continued to try and narrow the gap but were dealt a blow as early as the 10th minute when centre forward Mark Dempsey was forced to retire with a shoulder injury. Mark was replaced by Glen Doyle who narrowed the Old Leighlin margin to the minimum in the 18th minute with a well struck long distance free. The Tinryland defence was then tested on 2 occassions with goalkeeper Trevor O’Reilly and full back Conor Byrne making last gasp saves to keep the ball out of the net.
There was concern for the Tinryland supporters when Paul Broderick went down injured in the 20th minute while the errors continued to clock up with ball being spilled and possession being lost on more than one occasion.
Old Leighlin were kept scoreless for 20 minutes however and Tinryland got back on level terms in the 27th minute when Diarmaid Walshe scored a great point. Two brilliant scores for both sides then followed with an Old Leighlin point being cancelled by a wonderful Matthew O’Toole one which left matters all square 2 minutes into first half stoppage time. The final act of a low scoring first half was a Cathal Coughlan point for Old Leighlin which left the half time scoreboard reading Old Leighlin 0-5 Tinryland 0-4.
When referee David Hughes restarted proceedings Tinryland had introduced Shane Webb and Cathal O’Toole into the battle and in similar fashion to the first half Diarmaid Walshe successfully converted a free within 60 seconds to put matters all square once again. Disaster then struck when a Tinryland player lost the ball near the Lennon stand side of the pitch and Hughie Gahan punished us in a big way by crashing the ball past the helpless Trevor O’Reilly. Old Leighlin pulled 4 points clear by the 36th minute with a successful Coughlan free as Tinryland attempted to get back into the game with Cormac Walshe making a great catch before Rory Doyle was narrowly wide. Tinryland got back into the game in a big way with a super goal from Matthew O’Toole in the 38th minute just before Mark Lawlor replaced Paul Broderick who was still suffering the effects of his first half knock.
After good play by Danny Moran and the Walshe brothers Diarmaid and Cormac, Cathal O’Toole made his first impact when scoring a great point in the 42nd minute to level the scores once again. Old Leighlin regained the lead mid- way through the 2nd half when Cathal Coughlan slotted over a close in free. Tinryland responded in positive fashion once again when Rory Doyle won a free and his cousin Glen Doyle kicked another great point. Shane Redmond then made a great catch but it was Old Leighlin who regained the lead when sub Sean Kinsella scored their 8th point with 12 minutes remaining. The Tinryland goal then had another massive let off when Hughie Gahan pointed when it seemed easier to score a goal on a one on one with Trevor O’Reilly. Tinryland then withdrew Rory Doyle who was playing his 4th match in 6 days (So much for player welfare). Rory was replaced by John Murphy who was making his senior championship debut and with 9 minutes remaining Diarmaid Walshe scored a wonderful point after more good work by Matthew O’Toole. Six scoreless minutes then followed before Tinryland were on level terms for the 7th time in this absorbing game when Cian Moore capped a good hour’s work with an absolute brilliant point after great play by the O’Toole brothers Cathal and Matthew. Both sides then went for the winner as the game entered 5 minutes of stoppage time and Diarmaid Walshe had a good chance of snatching the vital score only to see his attempt go wide. Old Leighlin then attacked and Matthew O’Toole was forced into committing a foul which saw him get a black card and Old Leighlin gratefully converted the winner deep into injury time when Seamus Kinsella pointed the resulting free. Referee Hughes then sounded the long whistle as The Tinryland players sank to the turf having given their all in their attempt to reach the Co semi-final. Final score Old Leighlin 1-10 Tinryland 1-9.
All the team and subs can be proud of their efforts this year and when the disappointment evaporates and 2016 is reflected on many will feel that we are not a million miles away from the big prize which has eluded the club since 1981. Roll on 2017.
Tinryland: Trevor O’Reilly, Rory Doyle, Conor Byrne, Danny Moran, Cathal Gaffney, Cian Moore 0-1, Niall Lowry, Shane Redmond, Peter Hennessy, Matthew O’Toole 1-1, Mark Dempsey, Cian Lawlor, Diarmaid Walshe 0-4 3F, Paul Broderick, Cormac Walshe. Subs: Glen Doyle 0-2F, Shane Webb, Cathal O’Toole 0-1, Mark Lawlor, John Murphy, Conor McGrath.
By Eamonn Byrne
Éire Óg gained revenge for a defeat to Tinryland at the same stage in the 2015 U21 championship when gaining a five point victory over the men in blue and white at Netwatch Cullen Park on Wednesday 14th September.
This semi-final played under floodlights in ideal balmy conditions was a high class affair and both teams gave their all before the town side pulled clear mid-way through the second half.
Eire Og made the early running but the Tinryland defence held firm until the 3rd minute when a defensive error led to the ball being lost and YI centre forward Adam Murphy took full advantage to pop a point. The Eire Og advantage doubled in the 6th minute when wing back Evan Kelly ran through the centre to slot over another point and that feat was repeated 3 minutes later when Reece Denieffe made it 3 points to nil.
Eire Og were winning all the breaks around the central diamond at this stage and a great point from Jody Murphy made it 4 points to nil by the 11th minute. Tinryland gradually came to grips with the pace of the game and after a great burst by Rory Doyle he transferred to Mark Lawlor who slotted over Tinryland’s opening point in the 14th minute. Lawlor who was one of Tinryland’s best forwards throughout then repeated the act 60 seconds later when he raised another white flag after great play by Adam Dunne and Ciaran Townsend. Eire Og full forward Reece Denieffe slotted over 2 quick points in the 16th and 17th minutes to extend his team’s advantage back out to 4 points before a super Diarmaid Walshe point settled Tinryland once again in the 23rd minute.
Walshe then capped a fine first half when he rattled the Eire Og net in the 24th minute to put matters all square. With Ciaran Larkin now introduced into the fray Tinryland looked to be getting on top at this stage but a number of narrow wides kept the score all square when referee John Hickey sounded the half time whistle.
Half time score Tinryland 1-3 Eire Og 0-6.
When play resumed Eire Og began the 2nd half in similar fashion to the 1st scoring a point after 2 minutes via Adam Murphy after another defensive error. Tinryland’s Adam Murphy was then introduced into the action at mid-field as Eire Og pulled 2 points clear after Eire Og’s Adam Murphy pointed from a dead ball. Tinryland were still competitive at this stage and Ciaran Larkin left the minimum between the sides with Tinryland’s 4th point with 20 minutes remaining.
Tinryland goalie Ciaran Byrne was then forced to pull off a fine save to deny Eire Og their first goal before Mark Lawlor and Ross Dunphy traded points coming up to the three quarter stage. Another spilled ball resulted in Eire Og scoring another point from Cian Dowling before Ciaran Townsend put the minimum between the sides once again with a good point in the 46th minute.
The game changers then arrived in quick succession when Eire og’s Ross Dunphy and their mid-fielder Dean Hayden both raised green flags in the space of 90 seconds to put the Teach Asca men 7 points clear with 10 minutes remaining. Michael Dobosz was then introduced for the tired looking Shane Webb who had played a starring role in the senior championship game only 3 days earlier. Eire Og pulled further clear with another Dunphy point with 8 minutes remaining before Mark Lawlor scored a wonderful point for Tinryland after great play by Diarmaid Walshe.
Dermot McGuill was introduced for Tinryland for Conor McGrath at this stage before Eire Og’s Adam Murphy scored their final point with 7 minutes remaining. Tinryland then threw the kitchen sink at Eire Og in a bid to retrieve the situation and were rewarded with wonderful points by Ciaran Townsend, John Murphy and Mark Lawlor.
Unfortunately time ran out at this stage and referee Hickey sounded the long whistle soon afterwards to leave the final score Eire Og 2-12 Tinryland 1-10.
Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Fionnan Burke, John Murphy 0-1, Conor Ryan, Adam Dunne, Cathal Gaffney, Conor McGrath, Niall Lowry, Peter Hennessy, Shane Webb, Mark Lawlor 0-5, John Fleming, Diarmaid Walshe 1-1, Rory Doyle, Ciaran Townsend 0-2. Subs: Ciaran Larkin 0-1, Adam Murphy, Michael Dobosz, Dermot McGuill.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland senior footballers qualified for the Michael Lyng Motors S.F.C. quarter final with a convincing victory against O’ Hanrahans at the Netwatch training centre Fenagh on Sunday 11th September. Tinryland made 3 changes to the starting 15 that lost heavily to Palatine in the previous round and looked a transformed team from the start against last year’s Intermediate champions. Playing against a very strong wind in the opening half Tinryland were very disciplined from the throw in denying O’Hanrahans possession for long phases. The game began with a Lee Walker point for the Blues in the 3rd minute but the sides were all square one minute later when the on form Diarmaid Walshe levelled matters after a good pass from Niall Lowry. Diarmaid repeated that feat in the 7th minute when he received the ball from Shane Webb. The men in blue and white were then dealt a blow when corner back Conor O’Toole received a nasty injury and after a considerable delay he was stretchered off to be replaced by Rory Doyle. Tinryland increased their advantage with points from Cathal Gaffney and Paul Broderick in the 17th and 18th minutes before Graham Power reduced the margin back to 2 points with a successful free in the 20th minute. Good play by team captain Shane Redmond resulted in another Paul Broderick point after 22 minutes but the blues then enjoyed a brief period of supremecy scoring 2 points from frees via Graham Power to leave the minimum separating the teams after 25 minutes. The closing stages of the half and the extra 7 minutes of stoppage time saw Tinryland at their best both in defence and attack and Cathal Gaffney was unlucky to only score a point when a goal was on in the 26th minute. Matthew O’Toole who had a fine game throughout stretched the Tinryland advantage to 3 points seconds later. The icing on the cake after a thoroughly professional first half performance came in the 34th minute when Diarmaid Walshe scored the only goal of the game after great play by Niall Lowry and Conor Byrne. Soon afterwards referee pat Murphy sounded the half time whistle and the teams retired to the dressing rooms with the Blues facing a mammoth task against the very strong wind. Half time score Tinryland 1-8 O’Hanrahans 0-5.
The second half began with Danny Thompson converting a free for O’Hanrahans after 4 minutes but this was matched by another Diarmaid Walshe beauty after more good play by Shane Webb. Tinryland then had a gilt edged goal chance but O’Hanrahans goalkeeper Jamie Hennessy denied Mark Dempsey with a brilliant save. Another great point from Matthew O’Toole was followed by a Shane Webb point and a great score from midfielder Peter Hennessy which left 9 points separating the teams with 20 minutes remaining. Matthew O’Toole capped a fine hour’s work with another cracking point before O’Hanrahans clawed one back via sub Paul Condron in the 43rd minute. The town team were then dealt a blow when wing forward Mark Davis received a second yellow card from the referee and Tinryland turned the screw further with another Matthew O’Toole beauty as Glen Doyle was introduced for the hard working Mark Dempsey with 12 minutes remaining. It did not take Glen long to make an impact and he slotted over a great point after good play by Cathal Gaffney in the 51st minute which stretched Tinryland’s lead to eleven points. Tinryland then began to empty the bench introducing Conor McGrath, Cathal O’Toole and Mark Lawlor into the fray before another Glen Doyle point put us 12 clear. The closing stages saw the Blues score 2 consolation points via sub John nangle and a final point from lee Walker before Tinryland closed the scoring with a brilliant Diarmaid Walshe point following a matthew O’Toole pass after 5 minutes of stoppage time. The entire 20 playes who were in action on Sunday can be pleased with their 70 plus minutes work and they will now face former champions Old Leighlin in the quarter final at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday next 17th September. Final score Tinryland 1-17 O’Hanrahans 0-9.
Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Conor O’Toole, Conor Byrne, Danny Moran, Cathal Gaffney 0-2, Cian Moore, Niall Lowry, Shane Redmond, Peter Hennessy 0-1, Matthew O’ Toole 0-4, Mark Dempsey, Shane Webb 0-1, Diarmaid Walshe 1-5, Paul Broderick 0-2, Cormac Walshe. Subs: Rory Doyle, Cathal O’Toole, Glen Doyle 0-2, Mark Lawlor, Conor McGrath.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland’s 2nd junior squad are one game away from championship glory after defeating Clonmore in the J.F.C. (C) semi-final at the Netwatch training centre in Fenagh on Thursday 8th September. In a low scoring game Tinryland were well worth their 5 point winning margin and were never headed after Garry Scully scored the opening goal 90 seconds after the throw in. Eoin Fields for Tinryland and Clive lamb for Clonmore traded points before Tinryland extended their lead to 5 points by the half way point of the first half. Superb defensive play by the men in blue and white kept the Wicklow border side scoreless for the remainder of the half and even though Tinryland failed to add to their account by the half way stage they looked in control facing into the second half with the advantage of the strong breeze. Tinryland’s other first half points were scored by Dean Farrell who worked tirelessly throughout and full forward Michael Dobosz. Half time score Tinryland 1-3 Clonmore 0-1.
When the second half began 3 more minutes elapsed before Tinryland edged 6 points clear following a great individual point by corner forward Eoin Fields. Tinryland replaced the hard working Garry Scully with Jason Curran as Clonmore introduced Richard Bulmer having already brought David Doyle and Martin Byrne into the fray just before the break. Clonmore upped the ante in an attempt to close the gap but the Tinryland defence well marshalled by full back Joey Ryan and veteran P.J. Murphy held firm until Padraig Lawlor broke the deadlock in the 43rd minute with a point from a free. For a brief period the Hacketstown based team enjoyed the better of the exchanges and were rewarded with a Daniel Quigley goal in the 47th minute which left only 3 points separating the sides with 10 minutes remaining. Tinryland did not panic however and a Michael Dobosz goal following good play by David O’Shea was followed by a well struck point from sub Jason Curran which extended the lead back out to 6 points by the 57th minute. Clonmore never gave up and second half sub Garry Byrne closed the scoring with a point in the final minute as Tinryland advanced to meet Ballon in the Junior Football championship C final. Final score Tinryland 1-8 Clonmore 1-3
Outstanding for Tinryland were the entire defence well marshalled by Joey Ryan, P.J. Murphy, Alan Byrne, John Whyte, Fergal Kelly and Seamus Curran. Up front Eoin Fields, Dean Farrell, Michael Dobosz and Garry Scully were always a threat.
Tinryland: Michael Delaney, Fergal Kelly, Joey Ryan, Alan Byrne, Seamus Curran, John Whyte, P.J. Murphy, Alan Kirwan, Keelan Gaffney 0-1, Garry Scully 1-0, David O’Shea, Dean Farrell 0-2, Eoin Fields 0-2, Michael Dobosz 0-2, Brian Mullen. Sub Jason Curran 0-1.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland’s no 1 junior team progressed to the Talbot Hotel Junior football championship A semi-final when their one point victory over Rathvilly at Bro Leo park Tullow on Tuesday 6th September enabled the men in blue and white to remain unbeaten so far and top Group A .
With Rathvilly already out of this year’s title race Tinryland were expected to have a comfortable passage to the knockout stages but in the end they had to survive a determined rally by the Wicklow border side before the job was done. The early stages of this game saw both sides evenly matched and Rathvilly led by 3 points to 2 in the opening quarter with Padraig Delaney and Alan Barrett notching the Tinryland points. Tinryland were dealt a blow when former senior player Paul Doyle had to retire with an injury but his replacement Gregg Murphy made a quick impact when he won possession and transferred the ball to John Fleming who made no mistake in scoring Tinryland’s opening goal in the 25th minute. Further first half points from Ciaran Townsend and Ciaran Larkin enabled Tinryland to lead by 1-4 to 0-3 when the half time whistle was sounded.
The second half was 10 minutes old when Gregg Murphy received a sweet pass from Alan Barrett to despatch the ball to the Rathvilly net which gave his side a 6 point lead with 20 minutes remaining.
Rathvilly then enjoyed a spell of dominance and combined with some woeful Tinryland shooting the Rathvilly boys gradually clawed back the defecit as the game entered the closing stages. Tinryland managed to hold on however and ran out winners on a scoreline of 2-6 to 0-11. Adam Murphy with a great point and Alan Barrett both helped to lift the siege with late points. Tinryland also introduced 2 subs in that second half with Padraic Whelan replacing Ciaran Townsend and Killian Maher coming on for Dermot McGuill. Outstanding for Tinryland were Goalkeeper Sean McLoughlin who made a great first half save while defenders Liam Fitzpatrick, Peter Doran, Conor Ryan, Dermot McGuill, Shane O’Neill and Adam Dunne could not be faulted. Tinryland now have a few weeks to re- group and improve their fitness levels and their shooting before the semi- final.
Tinryland: Sean McLoughlin, Liam Fitzpatrick, Peter Doran, Conor Ryan, Dermot McGuill, Shane O’Neill, Adam Dunne, Adam Murphy 0-1, Ciaran Townsend 0-1, Ciaran Larkin 0-1, Alan Barrett 0-2, John Fleming 1-0, David Townsend, Padraig Delaney 0-1, Paul Doyle. Subs: Gregg Murphy 1-0, Padraic Whelan, Killian Maher.