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Tinryland capture U12 title in eight goal thriller with Burrin Rangers

posted 1 Oct 2016, 11:25 by   [ updated 4 Oct 2016, 05:15 ]

By Eamonn Byrne

Tinryland captured the Carlow u12 division 2A title by a single point in an 8 goal thriller at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday 1st October. In one of the best underage games seen at the venue in 2016 Tinryland dominated the early proceedings scoring 2 points in the opening minute via Mark Mullen and Conor Carew after early pressure yielded a free kick for the boys in blue and white. Tinryland were dealt an injury blow as early as the 3rd minute when Alan Bohanna had to leave the field to be replaced by Bobby Doyle. A move involving Tinryland players Kate McDonald, Killian Fagan, Mark Mullen, Seamus McCullough and Conor Carew resulted in a goal from the midfielder to put Tinryland 5 points ahead by the 5th minute. A great save by Tinryland goalkeeper Charlie Horkan kept Burren Rangers at bay before their influential mid fielder Andrew Synoradzki opened the Rangers account with a point after 6 minutes. Another white flag was raised at the Tinryland end seconds later when Shane Duffy doubled the Ballon parish teams account as both teams went hell for leather in search of further scores. After great defensive work by Conor Carew and Killian Fagan Tinryland drove forward to score their 2nd goal in the 9th minute from Fagan. Burrin responded with a well struck free from Synoradzki while Charlie Horkan in the Tinryland goal made another wonderful save to keep his goal intact in the 10th minute. Burrin Rangers then began to grow in confidence and a successful free from Andrew Synoradzki reduced Tinryland’s lead to 4 points before another point from Josh Fernandez left only a goal between the sides entering the final 5 minutes of the first half. Shane Duffy scored another Burrin point with 4 first half minutes remaining but Tinryland lifted the siege when Bobby Doyle found the net after a defensive error by the opposition. Burrin then responded in the best possible fashion with a goal out of the top drawer scored by their no 10 Daniel Morahan while Tinryland were guilty of 2 wides in quick succession. The closing minutes of the opening half saw Jonah Webb win 2 frees for the hoops and both were converted by Conor Carew to leave the half time scoreboard reading Tinryland 3-3 Burrin Rangers 1-6.

When Rathvilly referee Eamonn Molloy restarted proceedings Alan Bohanna re appeared after his early first half injury. Within one minute the sides were all square following a Burrin goal from Synoradzki but within seconds Tinryland’s 3 point advantage was restored after a super goal from the hard working Seamus McCullough who worked his socks off throughout this enthralling game. McCullough won a free 60 seconds later and Conor Carew duly converted to put Tinryland 4 points clear and after the excellent Killian Fagan had seen his rasper hit the post McCullough won another free for his team and Carew repeated his free taking skills to send Tinryland 5 clear with 15 minutes remaining. Burrin then began to enjoy a period of dominance but great defending by Killian Fagan and Ruairi Scully kept the Tinryland lead intact and by the half way stage of the 2nd half the Tinryland advantage was stretched to 7 points following 2 brilliant points from Conor Carew and a booming 45 straight over the black spot from Killian Fagan. Burrin then began to throw the kitchen sink at Tinryland in a bid to retrieve the situation they were in  and they got a goal back with 5 minutes remaining when Aaron Gordon ghosted in past the Tinryland defence to deflect the ball past Charlie Horkan in the Tinryland goal. Burrin tails were up now and they went for the jugular and were rewarded further when defender Evan Corr found the net with one minute remaining. Tinryland supporters then had to endure over 4 minutes of stoppage time during which heroic defending and some good luck kept the ball out of the net which would have given a dramatic victory to the Ballon parish team. Burrins best chance with seconds to go was saved by Tinrylands superb goalkeeper Charlie Horkan who along with Conor Carew, Killian Fagan, Ruairi Scully, Mark Mullen, Seamus McCullough, Jonah Webb and sub Bobby Doyle were among the outstanding players on view in this noon thriller at Netwatch Cullen Park. Final score Tinryland 4-7 Burrin Rangers 4-6.

Well done to team mentors Bernard Mullen, Mike Carew, Peter Scully, David Donegan

Tinryland: Charlie Horkan, Cian McGuire, Kate McDonald, Alan Bohanna, Jonah Webb, Mark Mullen, Ruairi Scully, Conor Carew, Killian Fagan, Seamus McCullough, Josh Donegan, Jacob Traynor, Peter Whelan, Bobby Doyle, Liam Donoghue, Alex Farrell, Conal McGuire