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Tinryland end Carlow S.F.L. Division 1 campaign on a winning note

posted 28 May 2014, 13:36 by

 By Eamonn Byrne     

Tinryland senior footballers ended their S.F.L. Div. 1 campaign with a very comfortable win over neighbours Palatine in Tinryland on Tuesday 27th May. With Palatine already assured of a place in this coming weekend’s league semi- final there was little but pride at stake in a game that saw both teams short a handful of regulars. Tinryland however showed a lot of positivity in their game with their ball retention in particular much improved from recent games. Palatine opened the scoring in the 3rd minute when wing forward Pakie O’Toole slotted over a point which was cancelled out 3 minutes later when Cormac  Walshe scored the first of his 4 point personal total. Glen Doyle gave Tinryland the lead in the 7th minute when he pointed following good work by Shane Redmond and Tinryland were 2 points clear one minute later when Paul Doyle a late replacement for John Paul Moore slotted over a point after good play from Shane O’Neill, Padraic Whelan and Cathal O’Toole. Ian Scully who is improving with every game then raised a green flag when he combined well with Padraic Whelan and Richard White to stretch the Tinryland lead out to 5 points and by the 11th minute we were 6 clear after a point from Garry Morrissey following more pressure from Richard White and Paul Doyle. Palatine then introduced their first sub with David Reid replacing Liam Kenny at midfield but it was Tinryland who continued to pile on the scores with Glen Doyle crashing the ball past Cormac Holloway following excellent play from Danny Moran, Padraig Townsend and Cathal O’Toole. Palatine then reduced the margin by 2 points when veteran Brian Kelly converted a free followed by another point from Pakie O’Toole. A successful free converted by Padraic Whelan was cancelled out by Brian Kelly and Palatine hopes were raised 4 minutes before the interval when Pakie O’Toole rattled the Tinryland net to leave only 4 points separating the sides. Tinryland responded in the best possible fashion however with Cathal O’Toole and Ian Scully both scoring points to leave the interval score Tinryland 2-7 Palatine 1-4.

When the 2nd half began Palatine enjoyed a 5 minute spell of dominance but all they could show for their efforts was a Lee Gordon point as Tinryland introduced minor player Andrew Hanley into the fray for his senior debut. The promising youngster did not take long to make an impact as he was involved in the next 2 Tinryland scores getting in on the point scoring act himself in the 40th minute. In the 41st minute Hanley capped a dream debut when he slotted home Tinryland’s 3rd goal after an excellent move involving Padraic Whelan, Shane Redmond, Mark Dempsey and Glen Doyle. Ian Scully then stretched the lead to 12 points when he converted a free for a dangerous tackle on Padraig Townsend who was playing his first full game in 2 years. Further points from Scully and Cormac Walshe following more good work from Cathal O’Toole was followed by a cracking Glen Doyle strike from a free for a foul on Cormac Walshe. The game was well over as a contest by this stage and when Richard White scored Tinryland’s 4th goal in the 50th minute the scoreboard had something of a surreal look about it. Subs John Jackson and Andrew Hanley were both involved in the build up to this goal which gave Tinryland an 18 point advantage. The game drifted to its inevitable conclusion at this stage but Palatine did manage another goal when sub Paddy Cushen crashed the ball past Tinryland goal keeper Sean McLoughlin. The Derry native was also making his senior debut on Tuesday and did well in his first game for the club. The final acts of the game saw Tinryland points from Ian Scully and sub Garry Fields to leave the final score Tinryland 4-16 Palatine 2-6. Tinryland will not now be in competitive action until the senior championship begins at the end of July but no doubt the management team will keep the lads tuned with challenge games and serious training as the competition for places hot‘s up as many of the absent players return. Tinryland: Sean McLoughlin, Danny Moran, Mark Dempsey, Matthew O’Toole, Padraig Townsend, Shane Redmond, Shane O’Neill, Cormac Walshe 0-3, Glen Doyle 1-2, Cathal O’Toole 0-1, Garry Morrissey 0-1, Paul Doyle 0-1, Ian Scully 1-5, Richard White 1-0, Padraic Whelan 0-1. Subs Andrew Hanley 1-1, John Jackson, Gary Fields 0-1.