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Co. Champions Old Leighlin hand down a stern lesson to Tinryland in S.F.L. Div. 1

posted 27 Apr 2014, 14:17 by

By Eamonn Byrne

 Current Conlon cup holders Old Leighlin laden with present and past Co. players were much too strong for a depleted Tinryland side in this Carlow S.F.l. div. 1 encounter played in Rathcrogue on Saturday 26th April. The home side playing against the strong breeze were competitive for the opening quarter but the floodgates opened mid way through the first half when a litany of mistakes handed the initiative to the Karl O’Dwyer coached outfit who played at a pace very near to championship level.

Old Leighlin were first on the scoresheet after 60 seconds when their midfielder and Co. player David  Bambrick pointed after sustained pressure on the Tinryland defence. By the 4th minute they had stretched their advantage out to 3 points following further scores from Cathal Coughlan and Pat Hickey. Tinryland then got on the scoresheet when full forward Richard White crashed home a goal following good play by corner forward Cathal O’Toole and centre forward Paul Doyle.

Scores were then traded between Pat Hickey and Tinryland’s Glen Doyle who successfully converted a free following a foul on Robbie Power. Tinryland led for the only time in the 10th minute when Glen repeated the act following a foul on Richard White after good play from Diarmaid Walshe and Paul Doyle. Old Leighlin then started to up the ante and between the 11th and 16th minutes they slotted over 4 unanswered points from Michael Meaney, David Bambrick and Cathal Coughlan (2).

Tinryland’s cause was not helped when Danny Moran was forced to leave the field of play with a leg injury at this stage.

Tinryland replied with a great Richard White point in the 17th minute following good play from Matthew O’Toole and the hard working Paul Doyle. Back came Old Leighlin and when the ball was spilled in the Tinryland defence Cathal Coughlan finished a clinical move to the Tinryland net to give his team a 5 point advantage. The 2nd quarter of the first half did not make pretty reading from a Tinryland point of view as Old Leighlin attacked in waves on numerous occasions and had over a 90% success rate with their shots to build up a half time tally of 1-15 to 1-3. It could have been worse for Tinryland as Trevor O’Reilly brought off two magnificent saves from Hugh Gahan in the 21st minute and from Cathal Coughlan 5 minutes later.

The second half began with Richard White winning a free for Tinryland which was converted by Diarmaid Walshe. Old Leighlin then responded with 2 points from Pat Hickey and full forward Shane Kennedy before David Bambrick burst through to score their second goal in the 34th minute. Tinryland introduced Jack Lowry and John Paul Moore into the fray at this stage before Shane Webb who had replaced Danny Moran pointed following another Old Leighlin score from Hugh Gahan. Shane O’Neill then replaced Ciaran Townsend as Diarmaid Walshe slotted over another Tinryland point but there was no let up from Old Leighlin from then to the finish as they added a further 2-3 to their tally with their goals coming from Seamus Kinsella and Aaron Amond in the 47th and 56th minutes. Glen Doyle now playing at full forward added three consolation points for Tinryland before referee Pat Kehoe brought an end to Tinryland’s misery. Final score Old Leighlin 4-22 Tinryland 1-9.The seniors are back in action on Saturday next 3rd May with another tough encounter against Rathvilly in Rathvilly at 7.30 p.m.

Tinryland: Trevor O’Reilly, Kuba Dobosz, Owan O’Gorman, Danny Moran, Matthew O’Toole, Evan Doyle, Cian Lawlor, Cian Moore, Glen Doyle 0-5, Robbie Power, Paul Doyle, Diarmaid Walshe 0-2, Cathal O’Toole, Richard White 1-1, Ciaran Townsend. Subs Shane Webb 0-1, Jack Lowry, John Paul Moore, Shane O’Neill, Padraig Whelan