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Eire Og maintain unbeaten record as Tinryland rue a litany of missed goal chances

posted 18 May 2014, 06:12 by

By Eamonn Byrne

 Eire Og maintained their unbeaten record in the Carlow S.F.L. Division 1 at Pairc Ui Bhrian on Saturday 17th May when they had eight points to spare over Tinryland in a game that had many talking points even before a ball was kicked. As throw in time approached there was no sign of the appointed referee and when phone calls were made it transpired that the designated official Kieran Kelly had informed the Co. board more than a week ago that he was not available. The problem then was that no replacement referee was appointed in the meantime. After more phone calls John Thompson arrived 40 minutes after the original throw in time and the match eventually began albeit after another delay as the teams had been forced to repeat their warm up drills. When play eventually began it was Tinryland who showed the most intensity and they were rewarded within 60 seconds when full forward Padraic Whelan opened the scoring with a point following good play from Ian Scully and Cathal O’Toole. Eire Og then replied with a brace of points from Eric McCormack and Chris Blake before the first yellow card was flashed to Tinryland midfielder Cormac Walshe in the 9th minute. Eric McCormack and Niall Quinlan both slotted over frees to extend the YI advantage but Tinryland were right back in the game by the 15th minute when Padraic Whelan crashed the ball past Robert Moore after a great run by Glen Doyle and good work by John Paul Moore. The next big talking point then happened in the 18th minute when referee Thompson flashed a black card to Cormac Walshe for a harmless enough challenge and he had to leave the action to be replaced by Garry Morrissey. Eire Og protested that Cormac should have got a second yellow which would have meant no replacement but the referee stuck to his guns and play resumed. Richard White then levelled matters in the 26th minute but Eire Og with wind advantage finished out the half in style scoring three unanswered points via Simon Rea (2) and Niall Quinlan from a free. Half time score Eire Og 0-8 Tinryland 1-2.

When play resumed Tinryland now had the advantage of the strong breeze and we were rewarded within 3 minutes when Ian Scully brilliantly pointed after a spectacular delivery from Matthew O’Toole. Eric McCormack and Glen Doyle then traded successful free kicks before McCormack again and Niall Quinlan extended the home teams advantage with another pair of successful conversions from dead balls. With 15 minutes remaining Tinryland were presented with a gilt edged goal chance but Ian Scully and Padraic Whelan somehow managed to miss the target when a certain goal seemed inevitable. Eire Og then punished us with a goal at the other end from their centre back Derrick Hayden and when Niall Quinlan pointed with 10 minutes remaining Eire Og now led by 1-12 to 1-4.

Jeff Sutton then drew a foul which was converted by Ian Scully as Tinryland introduced Padraig Townsend into the fray for his first competitive action in almost 2 years. Shane Redmond was then forced to leave the action after picking up a nasty cut to his head as Eire Og closed out the scoring with a point from wing back James Ryan. The drama was not over yet however as Tinryland missed two more gilt edged goal chances in the final minutes when Danny Moran was narrowly wide with his shot and Shane O’Neill hit the crossbar with his effort. Final score Eire Og 1-13 Tinryland 1-5.

Tinryland had excellent players in Mark Dempsey, John Paul Moore, Shane Redmond, Glen Doyle, Cathal O’Toole and Ian Scully. Tinryland’s final league game takes place on Saturday next 24th may when Palatine visit Rathcrogue for a mouth watering local derby at 7.30 p.m.

Tinryland: Trevor O’Reilly, Danny Moran, Mark Dempsey, John Paul Moore, Owan O’Gorman, Shane Redmond, Jeff Sutton, Cormac Walshe, Glen Doyle 0-1, Matthew O’Toole, Richard White 0-1, Cathal O’Toole, Ian Scully 0-2, Padraic Whelan 1-1, Shane O’Neill. Subs Garry Morrissey, Padraig Townsend, Paul Doyle.