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Tinryland fail by 3 points to advance to Co. Senior semi final

posted 22 Sep 2013, 01:13 by

 By Eamonn Byrne

Despite playing some of their best football this year Tinryland senior footballers lost out in the end by 3 points to a good Kildavin-Clonegal side in the Carlow S.F.C. quarter final at Dr.Cullen park on Saturday 21st September.

This was a game that we could have won especially after getting a dream start in the opening minute when Shane O’Neill won a penalty which was brilliantly converted by Michael Mullen. Kildavin_Clonegal then rallied to score a goal from their centre forward Pauric Hickey and a point from sharpshooter Joe Roberts by the 5th minute.

A brilliant sideline kick from Cormac Walshe in the 9th minute was the cue for Tinryland to settle down and play attractive football for the next 15 minutes. A great Jeff Sutton point after good play from Michael Mullen and Shane Redmond in the 10th minute was followed by a Michael Mullen beauty 3 minutes later following good work by Danny Moran and Cathal O’Toole. By the 15th minute Tinryland had stretched clear by 3 points following a point by Shane Redmond following good play by Michael Mullen and Glen Doyle while by the 21st minute we were four points clear after Jeff Sutton had pointed following a passing movement involving Danny Moran and Diarmaid Walshe. With Kildavin-Clonegal being held scoreless during this spell of dominance Tinryland should have been at least 7 points clear as we were guilty of some very bad misses from dead balls and open play. Kildavin-Clonegal would have taken heart from the score at this stage and they began to eat into Tinryland’s lead when full forward Aidan Kelly slotted over a point in the 22nd minute. Good play from Conor Byrne and Diarmaid Walsh resulted in a free won by Shane O’Neill but Diarmaid was unlucky with the conversion but we went 4 clear once again in the 28th minute when Jeff Sutton who was having a stormer brilliantly pointed following great work by Shane O’Neill, Diarmaid Walshe and Cathal O’Toole. Kildavin corner back Mark Nolan then advanced forward to score a point for the Wexford border side and the Kildavin boys were only 2 behind when Pauric Hickey pointed at the end of normal time.With one minute of first half stoppage time flagged Kildavin-Clonegal tagged on another point to leave the half time score Tinryland 1-6 Kildavin-Clonegal 1-5.  

When play resumed it was Tinryland who were first out of the blocks and following great play by Cormac and Diarmaid Walshe, Cian Moore and Jeff Sutton the ball was transferred to Cathal O’Toole who scored another beauty of a point. Tinryland however continued to clock up the wides and following another missed free it was Kildavin-Clonegal who broke downfield with Daniel St. Ledger winning a free which was duly converted by Joe Roberts. By the 39th minute the sides were all square once again following another successful free by Roberts and after another free by Diarmaid Walsh had hit the post Tinryland went back ahead by the minimum margin with a great Cathal O’Toole point following good play by Tinryland captain Shane Redmond. Paul Doyle was then introduced for Shane O’Neill but another wide from a free followed a foul on Cathal O’Toole. Joe Roberts then levelled matters in the 43rd minute when he converted a free to leave the scoreboard reading 1-8 each with 15 minutes left on the clock.

Kildavin-Clonegal were beginning to turn the screw on Tinryland now and they went ahead for the first time since the 9th minute when Roberts slotted over another point and they were two points ahead with 10 minutes remaining when Roberts converted another dead ball. It could have got worse for Tinryland at this stage when a penalty was conceeded but once again Trevor O’Reilly came to the rescue when he brilliantly saved Joe Roberts spot kick to keep our fading hopes alive.Five minutes of scoreless play then followed as Kildavin-Clonegal attempted to run down the clock but by the 59th minute only one point separated the teams once again when Glen Doyle converted a free for a foul on the advancing Conor Byrne. The announcer then indicated 3 minutes of stoppage time but it was Kildavin-Clonegal who finished strongest scoring two points via John Kirwin and sub Richie Sinnott to advance to the semi final on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-9.

As stated before this was a game that could have been won but the absence of suspended players Paul Broderick and Ian Scully together with the injured pair of Keith Jackson and Padraig Townsend and Evan Doyle (in Australia) proved to be too big a handicap to overcome. On the positive side it was great to see the young players on the team integrate well into the Tinryland play and we can now look forward to the new 8 team format for next years championship when these players and the returning ones from injury will once again be available. We can look forward also to the Co. minor semi final on Saturday next 28th September when Tinryland play Rathvilly in Dr Cullen park at 1 p.m. and also the Co U16 semi final when Tinryland will play Bagenalstown or Rathvilly on the first weekend of October.

Team: Trevor O’Reilly, Conor Byrne, Mark Dempsey, John Paul Moore, Danny Moran, Shane Redmond captain 0-1, Matthew O’Toole, Cormac  Walsh 0-1, Cian Moore, Jeff Sutton 0-3, Glen Doyle 0-1, Michael Mullen 1-1, Diarmaid Walshe, Shane O’Neill, Cathal O’Toole 0-2. Subs Paul Doyle, Robbie Power.