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Tinryland Advance to Junior A Final

posted 14 Oct 2020, 03:33 by tinrylandpro@hotmail.com
By Eamonn Byrne

Tinryland qualify for Carlow J.F.C. (A) final with a tremendous 2nd half performance           

Tinryland 2-8           Leighlinbridge 0-10

Tinryland qualified for the Carlow J.F.C. A final when they accounted for favourites Leighlinbridge in the semi- final at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday last 3rd October. 13 days earlier when these two teams met in the league stages Leighlinbridge were comfortable 9 point winners which determined what team would top the division and progress straight to the semi- final. Tinryland then had to play a quarter final which they won against Rathvilly before facing the All Blacks once again in Saturdays semi- final.

With wind advantage Leighlinbridge dominated the opening half with Tinryland playing a game of containment which succeeded as the men from Leighlin only managed 6 points in the first 30 minutes. Tinryland scores were hard to come by with Alan Barrett and Ciaran Larkin the only players from the hoops managing to hit the target.

The second half began really well for Tinryland with Mark Lawlor slotting over a great point after only 17 seconds and when Dinny Farrell rattled the Leighlin net 4 minutes later the underdogs were level and had all to play for. In the 35th minute Ronan Curran put his team ahead for the first time and with their tails now up Tinryland began to dominate. Leighlinbridge staged a brief rally mid- way through the half before Padraic Whelan from a free and Eoghan Hosey with a great point nosed us ahead once again. The icing was put on the cake when centre forward Padraic Whelan crashed the ball to the Leighlin net with 10 minutes remaining and despite strong pressure from the All Blacks the Tinryland defence held firm and finished with a flourish scoring further points via Alan Barrett and sub Dean Farrell.

Tinryland will now play St Patricks in the final on this coming Friday 9th October in Netwatch Cullen park at 7.30 p.m. St Patricks were involved in a dramatic semi-final with neighbours Grange on Sunday afternoon and after extra time the sides were still level. The Tullow team then won through to the final in the penalty shoot- out.

All Tinryland players and subs contributed greatly to their win but there were outstanding performances from goalie Daniel Donegan, Eoghan Hosey, Peter Doran, Shane O’Neill, Barry Power, Gregg Murphy, Mark Lawlor and Padraic Whelan. 

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