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Tinryland cross first hurdle in defence of U21 title

posted 3 Apr 2018, 08:24 by

 By Eamonn Byrne            

Reigning Carlow U21 champions Tinryland crossed the first hurdle in defence of their title with a late scoring surge against Mount Leinster Rangers at the Training centre on Sunday evening 1st April.

In a game played in difficult  weather conditions the men in blue and white benefitted from two first half goals in the space of 90 seconds which proved to be key scores at the end.

Tinryland were first to score when Peter Hennessy struck a perfect 45 in the 5th minute. Rangers responded in the 11th minute when a 40 metre free was fielded superbly by their corner forward Rory Joyce who crashed home a goal from close range. The reaction from Tinryland was to immediately sweep downfield for full forward Michael Dobosz to put them back in front with a stunning goal to the corner of the Rangers net. It was a lead Tinryland never relinquished. 90 seconds later Niall Lowry’s side line kick found the lively Ronan Curran near the end line. Ronan’s shot across the face of the MLR goal was met by wing forward Conor McGrath who goaled from an acute angle. Half time score Tinryland 2-3 Mount Leinster Rangers 1-2.

The second half saw Rangers take the game to the defending champions with dominant displays by their big name players including Tony Lawler, Gary Lawlor, Kevin McDonald, Chris Nolan and Rory Joyce but the Tinryland defence kept the Southerners at bay with sterling defending from Cormac Kelly, Seamus Curran, Rory Doyle, Conor Ryan, Tommy Dunne and John Murphy. Niall Lowry and Peter Hennessy were having the better of the mid-field exchanges at this stage but it would take Tinryland a full 19 second half minutes to register their next score after Rangers had reduced the margin to the minimum with a 47th minute point from Dean Grennan. This score saw Tinryland finally up the ante and a succession of points from Niall Lowry, Eoghan Hosey and Ronan Curran put them back in the safety zone once again. An injury time Eoghan Hosey goal after the Rangers defence failed to deal with a free was the icing on the Tinryland cake. A semi- final slot with Michael Davitts now awaits the Tinryland men after the Leighlin parish outfit defeated Rathvilly on Easter Monday. Final score Tinryland 3-6 Mount Leinster Rangers 1-5

Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Seamus Curran, Conor Ryan, Cormac Kelly, Rory Doyle, John Murphy, Tommy Dunne, Niall Lowry 0-1, Peter Hennessy 0-1, Conor McGrath 1-0, Keelan Gaffney, Dinny Farrell, Ronan Curran 0-3, Michael Dobosz 1-0,Eoghan Hosey 1-1. Sub Adam Mullen for Dinny Farrell (injured) HT.

Mount Leinster Rangers: Eoin Fenlon, Joseph Ryan, Tony Lawlor, Laurence Scully, Niall Lynam, Gary Lawlor, Dara Tobin, Kevin McDonald 0-1, Darragh O’Toole, John Nolan, Rory Joyce 1-0, Dean Grennan 0-2, James Quinn 0-1, Chris Nolan 0-1. Sub James Kavanagh.

Referee John Hickey (Fenagh).