By Eamonn Byrne
Eire Og overcame the handicap of being down to 14 players for two thirds of this game to advance to the division 3 final against Tinryland at the training centre in Fenagh on Thursday 26th May.
The difference between the sides was the ability of the Eire Og forwards to find the target more easily than the Tinryland men who had every chance to win this game after the town team lost wing forward Corey Harmon to a straight red in the 20th minute.
Tinryland opened the scoring in the 5th minute when wing back Cathal Gaffney pointed after good play by Shane Redmond who was making a rare appearance at this level to further his comeback after injury. Mark Kelly opened the Y.I. account 30 seconds later after good play by Tommy Dowling and by the 10th minute the winners had pulled 3 clear following points by Corey Harmon (2) and centre back Cathal Kelly. Peter Hennessy then landed a brilliant 50 metre free in the 13th minute and 3 minutes later the margin was reduced to the minimum when Peter repeated the dose in identical fashion. Eire Og were then dealt a blow when Corey Harmon received a straight red card from referee David Hickey for an illegal challenge on Ciaran Townsend but the handicap did not immediately affect the townsmen as they added further points before the break via Mark Corcoran and midfielder Paul Mc Elligott. Half time score Eire Og 0-6 Tinryland 0-3.
When play resumed Tinryland set about making their numerical advantage work and the hoops were immediately on the scoreboard when Cathal Gaffney slotted over a point following good play by David Townsend. Tinryland introduced Padraig Delaney into the action with Eire Og sending on Cian Clancy. In the 39th minute Cathal Gaffney scored another beauty from the half back position following good play by David Townsend and Ciaran Townsend. Mark Kelly extended the Eire Og lead back out to 2 points in the 42nd minute before Tinryland upped the ante in an effort to get on terms. Superb defensive play by Eire Og kept Tinryland at bay until the 53rd minute when Padraig Delaney finally found the net after good work by Shane O’Neill and Alan Barrett. It looked at this stage that Tinryland would increase their one point lead and they had a few chances to do so before Eire Og broke down the field to gain the equaliser via sub Ross Dunphy who had replaced Dean Hayden in the Y.I. attack. Tinryland had one more chance to regain the advantage but Alan Barrett was unable to convert a close in free and sensing that all was not lost Eire Og went back ahead with a point from Reece Denieffe. It looked that it was Eire Og that had the numerical advantage at this stage and Denieffe became the hero of the hour when he capitalized on a defensive error by Tinryland to crash the ball pass stand in keeper Niall Barrett with 4 minutes remaining. Denieffe applied the icing to the Eire Og cake when he extended their lead to 5 points in the 57th minute while Tinryland scored a consolation point near the end via Alan Barrett who was the only Tinryland forward to score a point during the game. Final score Eire Og 1-10 Tinryland 1-6.
Eire Og: Craig White, Sean Wogan, Shane Kelly, Lee Moore, Evan Kelly, Cathal Kelly, Eoin Maddock, Paul McElligott 0-1, James Ruth, Tommy Dowling, Mark Kelly 0-3, Corey Harmon 0-2 1f, Mark Corcoran 0-1, Dean Hayden, Reece Denieffe 1-2. Subs Cian Clancy, Ross Dunphy 0-1, Joey Curtis.
Tinryland: Niall Barrett, Liam Fitzpatrick, John Murphy, peter Doran, Cathal Gaffney 0-3, John Paul Moore, Adam Dunne, Peter Hennessy 0-2 F, Shane Redmond, Alan Barrett 0-1, Gregg Murphy, David Townsend, Shane O’Neill, Ciaran Townsend, Rory Doyle. Sub Padraig Delaney 1-0.
Tinryland got off to a flying start against the Tullow side with 2 points from Cormac O'Brien inside the opening 3 minutes. these were quickly followed by a point from Jonah Dunne and a goal by Dinny Farrell in the 6th minute. Ronan Curran then scored a great goal direct from a 45, followed by a fine point. St.Patrick's then came back into the game with a goal and a point before Cormac O'Brien added his third point of the game. Dinny Farrell then finished a fine flowing team move with a well taken goal before St.Patrick's finished the scoring with a point.
The second half started as fast as the first with St.Patrick's taking advantage of the wind and putting a goal and a point away inside the first 4 minutes. Tinryland replied with a goal from Mark Johnson but St.Patrick's went straight down the field and replied with another goal. Another Tullow goal and a point brought them right back into the match but a point from Ronan Curran and another goal from Mark Johnson steadied Tinryland. St.Patricks were not finished though and another goal again rocked the home team. Ronan Curran added the last home point before St.Patricks scored another goal to leave a nervy last couple of minutes but Tinrylkand held out for a fine home win.
Evan McGuire, Mark Walsh, Ben Murphy, Jack Murphy, Dannan Burke, Maurice Lawlor, Eoin Gannon, Neung Kelly, Ronan Curran, Pavel Cahill, Jonah Dunne, Kostya Cahill, Mark Johnson, Dinny Farrell, Cormac O'Brien, Subs: Sam Byrne, John Dempsey, Brian Geoghegan, Brian McGrath, Fiach Milward, Adam Nolan, Jacob Snoddy, Rory Walsh, Paddy Regan.
Kieran Orbinski, Niall Gahan, Jack Johnson, Dillon Byrne, Lee Nolan, Cathal Murray, Cathal Lennon, Stephen Metcalf, Kevin Hayden, Tadhg Black, TJ Kavanagh, Ryan Doran, Joe Morris, Jack Foley, Mark O'Connor.
By Eamonn Byrne
Ballon guaranteed themselves a place in the division 5 semi-final when they defeated Tinryland’s 3rd squad by 7 points at James Morris Park on Tuesday 17th May. The home team wrapped up the points with an impressive first half display when playing with the breeze. After 12 minutes the scoreboard read 2-4 to nil in Ballons favour with their goals coming in the 2nd and 11th minutes from Rory O’Connor and wing back Michael Barcoe. Tinryland’s opening score in the 13th minute was a Dean Farrell point and the same player who scored 6 points in total got the hoops’ only other 1st half score in the 28th minute with another point. By this stage Ballon had amassed 2-11 with some wonderful scores from the likes of Ross Nolan, Paul Lyons, Liam Brennan, James Doyle and Mikey Barcoe.
Half time score Ballon 2-11 Tinryland 0-2.
It was a transformed Tinryland that lined out for the 2nd half and by the 38th minute the men in blue and white had added a further 2 points to their account via Dean Farrell and Garry Scully. These scores gave the team who had the bare 15 players confidence and between the 35th and 55th minutes Tinryland added 4 unanswered points from Dean Farrell, Cathal Whelan, Farrell again with a wonderful point in the 50th minute and Barry Power. It was all Tinryland at this stage and following good play by Alan “Benson” Byrne and Garry Scully veteran P.J. Murphy scored a goal out of the top drawer that would do justice to any game at a much higher level. Ballon stemmed the flow with their only 2nd half score from play when Paul Lyons pointed in the 29th minute and Dean Farrell capped a good display when he scored his 6th point just before referee Pat Kehoe sounded the long whistle.
This game now brings down the curtain on Tinryland’s division 5 campaign and the team will next be in action in late July or early August against O’Hanrahans in the Junior C championship. Outstanding for Tinryland were goalkeeper Michael Delaney, defenders Joey Ryan, Paddy Byrne and Sean Kirwan while midfielders Conor Ryan and John Jackson linked well with Dean Farrell, Garry Scully and Barry Power in the 2nd half. Final score Ballon 2-13 Tinryland 1-9.
Ballon: Colm Barry, Daniel Lewis, Kevin Doyle, Adrian Barry, Michael Barcoe 1-1, Joseph Holden, Shane Ryan, Ross Nolan 0-1, Karl Nolan, Rory O’Connor 1-0, James Doyle 0-4, Eoin Byrne, Jack Ryan, Liam Brennan 0-4, Paul Lyons 0-3.
Tinryland: Michael Delaney, Alan Byrne, Joey Ryan, Paddy Byrne, Sean Kirwan, John Whyte, Sean Regan, John Jackson, Conor Ryan, Cathal Whelan 0-1, Garry Scully 0-1, Dean Farrell 0-6, Eoin Fields, Barry Power 0-1, P.J.Murphy 1-0.
By Eamonn Byrne
The Junior (C) team travelled to Rathoe to take on Fighting Cocks in the penultimate game in Division 5 on Tuesday 10th May. Tinryland got off to a lively start and were a goal up in the early stages when mid fielder John Fleming rattled the Cocks net. The men in blue and white only managed a further point in the opening half when Killian Maher raised a white flag. The Home side added 5 points to their account in that opening half and led by 0-5 to 1-1 at the break
In the 2nd half Tinryland added 3 further points to their tally via Dean Farrell (2) and Cormac Kelly while Fighting Cocks added a further 8 points to run out winners on a scoreline of 0-13 to 1-4.
All in all it was not a bad performance from the hoops against one of the strongest teams in the division. The scoreboard could have been even healthier from a Tinryland point of view as a clear cut goal chance was missed in the closing stages. The final league game in division 5 takes place away to Ballon on Tuesday next 17th May at 8 p.m. There will then be enough time for the squad to train properly for the first round of the championship in July. Outstanding for Tinryland were goalkeeper Johnny Farrell, defenders Joey Ryan, John Whyte and Garry Scully, midfielders John Fleming and Conor Ryan together with Dermot McGuill, Dean Farrell and John Jackson.
Tinryland: John Farrell, Alan Byrne, Joey Ryan, Paddy Byrne, Gary Scully, John Whyte, Cormac Kelly 0-1, Conor Ryan, John Fleming 1-0, Dean Farrell 0-2, Dermot McGuill, Killian Maher, Eoin Fields, John Jackson, Brian Mullen. Subs: P.J. Murphy, Brian Deane, Cathal Whelan.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland Junior A team qualified for the Division 3 semi- final after a good win over Leighlinbridge in round 6 at Rathcrogue on Thursday 5th May. The away team were first on the scoresheet when full forward Hugo Ashmore pointed in the 2nd minute. Tinryland then settled down to play productive football and 2 points from Rory Doyle and his cousin Paul in the 4th and 6th minutes gave the men in blue and white a lead they never relinquished. A Conor McGrath point in the 9th minute was followed by the opening goal from Gregg Murphy in the 11th minute following a great pass from one of Tinryland’s best players Alan Barrett. Alan showed his class over the latter part of the 1st half when he added 3 points in the 20th, 22nd and 30th minutes to give Tinryland a half time lead of 1-6 to 0-4.
The All Blacks had kept their account alive with points from frees by Val Fleming and one from play scored by wing forward James Kane. Hugo Ashmore as he did in the first half scored the opening point of the 2nd period shortly after the re start but in similar fashion this spurred on Tinryland and they stretched their lead to 9 points between the 34th and 40th minutes with points from Alan Barrett and Rory Doyle and a brilliant goal from midfielder Peter Hennessy after more intelligent play by Barrett. The scoreboard kept ticking and an Adam Dunne point in the 41st minute was followed by a goal from Alan Barrett after good play by Conal Dunne which virtually killed the game as a contest. Leighlinbridge could only manage 2 further points from Val Fleming and Conor Nolan in this segment and Tinryland cruised to the final whistle raising another green flag from centre back John Murphy after a pass from Peter Hennessy.
Final score Tinryland 4-9 Leighlinbridge 0-7.
With St Patricks being held to a draw by Palatine, Tinryland have now qualified for the semi- final of Division 3 along with Eire Og, Rathvilly and Ballon or St. Patricks. The league proper ends on Thursday next 12th May when Tinryland travel to James Morris Park to take on Ballon.
Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Adam Mullen, John Paul Moore, Liam Fitzpatrick, Cathal Gaffney, John Murphy 1-0, Adam Dunne 0-1, Peter Hennessy 1-0, Conor McGrath 0-1, Rory Doyle 0-2, Alan Barrett 1-4, Padraig Delaney, Shane O’Neill, Gregg Murphy 1-0, Paul Doyle 0-1. Subs John Whyte, Conor Ryan, Conal Dunne, Brian Mullen, Niall Barrett, Killian Maher.
Leighlinbridge: Christy Kearney, Jonathan Stringer, Adrian Dermody, Ciaran Casey, Aaron McKenzie, Val Fleming 0-3, Niall O’Reilly, Sean Brennan, Conor Nolan 0-1, James Kane 0-1, Pakie Fleming, Keith Lillis, Lee Conran, Hugo Ashmore 0-2, Christy Canavan. e
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland got their first victory in Division 5 with a comprehensive victory over O’Hanrahans at Deerpark on Tuesday 3rd May. This win was due reward for the commitment of the team to date and with 2 games remaining hopes are high that our 3rd squad can maintain their winning ways against Fighting Cocks on Tuesday 10th May and against Ballon on Tuesday 17th May. This match was a game of 2 halves dominated by a strong wind.
In the first half Tinryland played into the town end against the elements and only managed 2 scores in the half hour. A Gavin Power goal kept Tinryland in the hunt as the home side clocked up one goal and seven points. Half Time score O’Hanrahans 1-7 Tinryland 1-1.
The second half saw a transformed Tinryland play their best football of the season aided by the introduction of Conor Ryan and the returning Sean Kirwan. Over the course of the 2nd half Tinryland rattled the Blues net 5 times with the goal scorers being Brian Mullen, Barry Power, Killian Maher, Eoin Fields and Garry Scully. Some tremendous defensive work by goalkeeper Mick Delaney and supported by Sean Regan, Joey Ryan, Paddy Byrne, Sean Kirwan, John Whyte and Cormac Kelly kept O’Hanrahans at bay and with a great performance by mid fielders John Jackson and Adam Mullen the Tinryland forwards received a plentiful supply of the ball. Final score Tinryland 6-5, O’Hanrahans 2-10.
The next match for Tinryland in division 5 will be away to Fighting Cocks on Tuesday next 10th May at 7.30 p.m.
Tinryland: Michael Delaney, Sean Regan, Joey Ryan, Paddy Byrne, Sean Kirwan, John Whyte, Cormac Kelly, John Jackson, Adam Mullen, Brian Mullen 1-2, Killian Maher 1-1, Eoin Fields 1-1, Alan Byrne, Barry Power 1-0, Gavin Power 1-0. Subs Conor Ryan, Garry Scully 1-1.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland minor footballers chalked up their 2nd successive win in this year’s league with a very easy victory over a young Clonmore outfit at Rathcrogue on Monday 2nd May. A lighting fast start by the boys in blue and white saw the ball in the Clonmore net straight from the throw in and this score by centre forward Keelan Gaffney set the tone for the rest of the game. Ronan Curran converted a free in the second minute and despite a point from Clonmore via Fran Whelan it was all Tinryland for the remainder of the half as they built up a lead of 4-10 to 0-2 with the Wicklow border team not adding to their account until the 29th minute. At this stage Tinryland were in cruise control having scored goals by Rory Dunbar in the 10th minute and 2 from lively wing forward Ronan Curran which included one from the penalty spot after a foul on himself. Clonmore were also awarded a penalty 3 minutes earlier but that one was missed to add to their first half woes. Half time score Tinryland 4-11 Clonmore 0-2.
When the 2nd half began Clonmore were first to score with wind advantage when Rory Maguire slotted over a point. Tinryland who were cruising now replied with 2 points from Keelan Gaffney and Jonathon Curran. Clonmore at last began to make some impact and 2 further points from Whelan and Dunne gave them encouragement before Co. minor Rory Doyle rattled the Clonmore net at the club house end with 15 minutes remaining. With Tinryland taking their foot off the pedal Clonmore led by their wing forward Tom Pollard did most of their scoring in the final quarter and their goal in the 53rd minute was one out of the top drawer. Tinryland added further to their tally with goals from Aubrey Bradley and a string of well taken points from Cormac Kelly, Jonathon Curran and Conor Ryan. 12 different players got on the scoresheet in this match for the home side and another feature was the long distance accuracy from dead balls by centre forward Keelan Gaffney. Final score Tinryland 7-16 Clonmore 1-9. The Minors are away to Kildavin-Clonegal in Spellman Park on Saturday next 7th May at 7pm.
Tinryland: Lee Kane, Cuan Burke 0-1, Cormac Kelly 0-1, Fergal Kelly, Rory Dunbar 1-0, Rory Doyle 1-1, Tommy Dunne, Conor Ryan 0-2, Jonathon Curran 0-2, Conor Brennan 0-1, Keelan Gaffney 1-3, Ronan Curran 2-2, Eoghan Hosey, Dinny Farrell 0-2, Aubrey Bradley 2-1. Subs Shea Byrne, Rory Moore.
By Eamonn Byrne
Eire Og’s 2nd fifteen continue to be the pacesetters in division 3 after a comfortable win over Tinryland in Rathcrogue on Thursday 28th April. In a game borrowed from winter and played in very cold and blustery conditions the home side playing against the wind in the first half held their town opponents well for the opening 20 minutes. Eire Og were first on the scoresheet when full forward Mark Corcoran slotted over a point in the 3rd minute. Despite dominating in many sectors the town team found it hard to convert their possession into scores and would have been disappointed to be only 3 points to nil ahead after 18 minutes after 2 further points from corner forward Adam Murphy. Tinryland then began to awake from their slumbers and were rewarded in the 19th minute with a brilliant Padraig Delaney goal following great play by Dylan Byrne, David Townsend and Brian Mullen. With the first half moving on Eire Og began to dominate and a Corey Harmon goal in the 20th minute was followed by a succession of points from the same player, Cathal Kelly, and Mark Corcoran. Half time score Eire Og 1-7 Tinryland 1-0.
When play resumed it was Eire Og who were first on the scoreboard with successful frees by Corcoran and Harmon as Adam Mullen was introduced into the action for Tinryland. Tinryland had to wait until the 46th minute for their opening point which was a well taken one from Paul Doyle.
Eire Og replied with a point from former hoops player Eoin Maddock as Jack Lowry was introduced for Paul Doyle with 15 minutes remaining. Eire Og also made a change with Jonathon Dowling entering the action. Fiach O’Toole then increased the YI advantage with John Whyte coming on for Tinryland replacing Brian Mullen. Tinryland then enjoyed their most productive spell of the match with a well worked Cathal Gaffney point following good play by Whyte before Eire Og closed their scoring with another Mark Corcoran point. Conor Ryan came on for Tinryland and the remainder of the match saw the home side at last produce the football they are capable of. A Jack Lowry point in the 54th minute was followed by 3 successive points from Cathal Gaffney, Peter Hennessy and Alan Barrett which put some respectability on the score board. Final score Eire Og 1-12 Tinryland 1-6.
Tinryland are still in contention for a place in the Division 3 semi- final and the game against Leighlinbridge on Thursday next 5th May in Rathcrogue at 7.30 p.m. is now a crucial one as Leighlinbridge are also in contention for a top 4 place.
Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Dylan Byrne, Peter Doran, Dermot McGuill, Cathal Gaffney 0-2, John Paul Moore, Adam Dunne, Peter Hennessy 0-1, Conor McGrath, Brian Mullen, Paul Doyle 0-1, Padraig Delaney 1-0, David Townsend, Gregg Murphy, Alan Barrett 0-1. Subs: Adam Mullen, Jack Lowry 0-1, John Whyte, Conor Ryan.
Eire Og: Craig White, Paul Behan, Shane Kelly, Lee Moore, Evan Kelly, Cathal Kelly 0-1, Eoin Maddock 0-1, James Brennan, James Ruth, John Gilligan, Mark Kelly, Corey Harmon 1-3, Adam Murphy 0-2, Mark Corcoran 0-4, Cian Clancey. Subs Fiach O’Toole 0-1, Jonathon Dowling, Stephen Brennan, Eoin Bailey, Reece Denieffe.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland Senior footballers got back to winning ways in the senior football league with a comfortable six point win over Mount Leinster Rangers at Rathcrogue on Monday 25th April.
With a youthful team comprising 9 of last year’s U21 championship winning side the home team were swiftest out of the blocks scoring a point within 30 seconds of the throw in by Glen Doyle after good inter play involving Diarmaid Walshe, Niall Lowry and Cormac Walshe. A superb Diarmaid Walshe point 2 minutes later was the result of a great tackle by John Murphy who was making his senior debut in this game. Tinryland were then dealt a major blow when corner forward Ciaran Larkin picked up a serious looking knee injury and after a long delay he left the field on a stretcher. Padraic Whelan replaced Ciaran but it was Tinryland who increased the advantage with another Diarmaid Walshe beauty after great play by Glen Doyle and Cathal Gaffney. Rangers who were playing a possession game at this stage against the strong wind got on the scoresheet in the 11th minute when wing forward Jack Murphy raised a white flag and despite owning the ball at times it was Tinryland that increased their lead with another Diarmaid Walshe point in the 17th minute. Rangers then enjoyed a productive period scoring 3 points in a 9 minute spell via Eddie Byrne, Paul Coady and Ted Joyce with Diarmaid Walshe closing the 1st half account with a brilliantly struck free. Rangers then lost their centre back Brian Nolan to a hamstring injury and he was replaced by Seamus Kelly.
Half time score Tinryland 0-5 Mount Leinster Rangers 0-4.
The second half began with John Paul Moore replacing Mark Dempsey (toe injury) in the Tinryland defence and within one minute the sides were tied at 5 points apiece when Jack Murphy successfully converted a free. Tinryland regained the advantage in the 33rd minute when wing back Cathal Gaffney advanced forward to slot over a great point after good play by Padraic Whelan, Conor McGrath and Matthew O’Toole.
John Murphy who was impressive on his debut won a free in the 36th minute and Diarmaid again did the honours as 2 more U21s Mark Lawlor and Shane Webb were introduced into the fray. Rangers made it a one point game in the 44th minute when Chris Nolan slotted over a point but this was to prove their final score as Tinryland upped the ante in a big way over the final quarter. A fine point by John Paul Moore after sustained Tinryland pressure was followed by a Mark Lawlor beauty which left 3 points separating the teams with 12 minutes remaining.
Rangers introduced Shane O’Neill and Michael Malone into the action but at this stage Tinryland were gradually turning the screw. Conor McGrath increased the advantage to 4 points in the 56th minute and when Shane Webb slotted over another point with 3 minutes remaining the points were in the bag for the men in blue and white hoops. The final act of the game was another well worked point scored by Conor McGrath which rounded off a very satisfactory evening’s work and gave everyone associated with the team a big lift.
Tinryland are back in action on next Sunday evening away to high flying Eire Og in Pairc Ui Bhrian at 7 p.m.
Final score Tinryland 0-12 Mount Leinster Rangers 0-6.
Tinryland: Trevor O’Reilly, Cian Lawlor, John Murphy, Mark Dempsey, Conor McGrath 0-2, Shane Redmond, Cathal Gaffney, Peter Hennessy, Glen Doyle, Conor O’Toole, Niall Lowry, Matthew O’Toole, Ciaran Larkin, Cormac Walshe, Diarmaid Walshe 0-5 1F. Subs Padraic Whelan, John Paul Moore 0-1, Shane Webb 0-1, Mark Lawlor 0-1.
Mount Leinster Rangers: Thomas Brennan, Padraig Bambrick, Padraig Nolan, M.J. Doran, John Coady, Brian Nolan, Seamus Kelly, Eddie Byrne 0-1F, Conor Fenlon, Jack Murphy 0-2 1F, Paul Coady 0-1, Willie Hickey, Dean Grennan, Ted Joyce 0-1, Chris Nolan 0-1. Subs: Shane O’Neill, Michael Malone.
By Eamonn Byrne
Despite losing their unbeaten record in Division 3 an understrength Tinryland Junior (A) team turned in an honest performance against Rathvilly in Fr. Ryan Park on Thursday 21st April.
On an ideal evening for football which began with a minutes silence for Kayleigh Delaney who had been laid to rest in Tinryland cemetary earlier in the day the home team secured their victory with an impressive first half performance. Early goals from Robert Ryan and Brian Smith gave Rathvilly a lead they never lost after Alan Kirwan had briefly given Tinryland an early advantage with a cracking goal following an interception by Niall Barrett and good play by Cathal Gaffney. At one stage in that first half Rathvilly led by 8 points following a succession of well worked points from Brian Smith, Gary Smith, Pat Byrne and Conor Owens who was the tormentor in chief to the hoops defence throughout this enjoyable game. Tinryland just about stayed in contention at this stage by scoring some fine points themselves via Killian Maher, Alan Kirwan, Padraic Whelan and Conor McGrath. Half Time score Rathvilly 2-8 Tinryland 1-5.
A strong interval talk from the management team of Niall Barrett, Richie McGrath and John Farrell resulted in a determined Tinryland facing the Village goal end for the 2nd half. After a scoreless 7 minutes Padraic Whelan and Kevin McCall for Rathvilly traded points before Gary Smith extended the home team’s advantage back out to 7 points with 20 minutes remaining. Padraic Whelan who had a good game throughout then threw Tinryland a lifeline when he rattled the Rathvilly net in the 41st minute following good play by Conor McGrath before Rathvilly replied with a point from Conor Owens. Tinryland then threw the kitchen sink at Rathvilly led by a superb half back line of Shane O’Neill, Adam Mullen and Cathal Gaffney as Joey Ryan was introduced into the action for Jack Lowry.
Two further points from Whelan the latter after great play by Niall Barrett and Gregg Murphy left only one goal separating the sides and Rathvilly suddenly had a fight on their hands. Owens then gave them breathing space with a point at the other end before Padraic Whelan converted a free with 3 minutes remaining. Alan Kirwan had a gilt edged chance of a goal at this stage but his shot was inches wide of the net. Rathvilly then added on two further points before Conor McGrath closed the Tinryland scoring with a point on the stroke of full time. Final score Rathvilly 2-15 Tinryland 2-11.
Tinryland are still very much in contention for a place in the division 3 semi-final and they next play Eire Og on Thursday next 28th April in Rathcrogue at 7.30 p.m. Following that game the team is at home to Leighlinbridge on Thursday 5th May with the final group game away to league leaders Ballon on Thursday 12th May. Outstanding for Tinryland against Rathvilly were Adam Dunne, Cathal Gaffney, Shane O’Neill, Adam Mullen, Conor McGrath, Padraic Whelan and Gregg Murphy.
Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Jack Lowry, Adam Dunne, Dermot McGuill, Cathal Gaffney, Shane O’Neill, Adam Mullen, Peter Hennessy, Conor McGrath 0-2, Alan Kirwan 1-1, Killian Maher 0-1, Ciaran Larkin 0-1, Padraic Whelan 1-6 3f, Gregg Murphy, Niall Barrett. Sub: Joey Ryan.