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Tinryland are first holders of Andy Murphy Charity Shield

posted 2 Mar 2015, 12:42 by tinrylandpro@hotmail.com

By Eamonn Byrne

Tinryland senior footballers made a good start to the new season when they lifted the Andy Murphy charity shield in the season’s opener against neighbours Palatine in Rathcrogue on Sunday evening.

This was a typical early season game with both sides happy to shake off the cobwebs after almost 5 months of inactivity. Both sides fielded youthful squads and it was the home side that made the best start leading by 8 points to nil mid-way through the opening half. A succession of points from Evan Doyle (2), Glen Doyle (2), Richard Whyte, Matthew O’Toole, and Diarmaid Walshe (2) gave the impression that this game would be won in a canter. Corner forward Pat Cushen opened the Pal. scoring in the 14th minute before Walshe and Shane Redmond stretched the home team’s advantage once again. Darragh Moran then got one back for Pal. who were at last coming to grips with the game. The Cnoc Arda men were then thrown a lifeline when a Tinryland defender deflected the ball into his own net after pressure exerted by Palatine full forward Lee Gordon. After another Palatine point from Darragh Moran Tinryland’s Richard Whyte stretched the home team’s advantage back out to 10 points when he goaled in the 27th minute. Half time score Tinryland 1-13 Palatine 1-3. 

When play resumed Palatine quickly set about reducing the defecit and two quick points from Lee Gordon left 8 points separating the sides after a low scoring 3rd quarter. Cathal O’Toole and Gordon then traded points as Palatine began to enjoy their best spell of the match. Two more Lee Gordon points were followed by a well worked Pal goal finished to the net by substitute Sean Dermody and suddenly only 3 points separated the sides. A Sean Dermody point gave Palatine further hope but the game ended with Diarmaid Walshe slotting over a free to leave the final score Tinryland 1-15 Palatine 2-9.

Immediately after the game Fr Tom Little presented the Andy Murphy charity shield to Tinryland captain Mark Dempsey. This game was sponsored by Douglas Jewellers, Kevin Kelly pharmacy and Nicky Parle supervalu Carlow

Team: Trevor O’Reilly, Conor O’Toole, Shane Redmond 0-1, Cian Lawlor, Danny Moran, Mark Dempsey captain, Shane Webb, Cian Moore, Keith Jackson, Glen Doyle 0-2, Richard Whyte 1-1, Matthew O’Toole 0-1, Diarmaid Walshe 0-6, Evan Doyle 0-2, Cathal O’Toole 0-1.

Referee Pat Murphy Fenagh

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