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Tinryland lose their U21 crown to Michael Davits in 2018 semi-final

posted 24 Apr 2018, 14:11 by

By Eamonn Byrne

Tinryland u21 footballers bowed out of the 2018 championship at the semi-final stage to a lively Michael Davits outfit at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday 21st April. Davitts had shown their form in the opening round defeat of Rathvilly and they confirmed their status as realistic championship hopefuls by leading from start to finish in this game.

They opened their account as early as the 1st minute when their brilliant mid fielder Darren Lunney converted a free and by the 15th minute had pulled 3 points clear following further points from full forward Aidan Lillis and Andy Mulleney who was originally listed as a substitute on the programme. In the period of play leading up to Davitts 3rd point Tinryland won a penalty following a penetrating run by John Murphy but Ronan Currans attempted conversion was brilliantly saved by the Leighlin parish team’s goalkeeper Cian McDonald who subsequently had to retire following an injury received in deflecting Curran’s piledriver. Tinryland’s opening score did not arrive until the 17th minute when Niall Lowry slotted over a point following fine interaction between himself and Peter Hennessy. A Cathal Gaffney point 2 minutes later reduced the margin to the minimum before Davitts stretched back into a 3 point advantage following further points by wing forward Jamie Lunney and his brother Darren.

Tinryland did finish the half in a positive fashion scoring late points from Peter Hennessy and Keelan Gaffney following good play by Fionnan Burke, Eoghan Hosey and John Murphy. Half time score Michael Davitts 0-5 Tinryland 0-4.

Within 5 minute of the re-start Tinryland were back on level terms following a successful Niall Lowry free. At this stage Ronan Curran was forced to retire with an injury to be replaced by Dinny Farrell with Tinryland’s second sub Cuan Burke replacing Cormac Kelly. Michael Davits then got a crucial goal when Darren Lunney rattled the Tinryland net to give his team a lead they never relinquished. John Murphy had a great attempt at a quick Tinryland goal but his shot was deflected over for a point by the Davits keeper. Michael Davits pulled 3 clear once again when wing back David Lillis slotted over a point before Rory Doyle and Darren Lunney traded points to leave 3 points still separating the sides with 10 minutes remaining. A Dinny farrel point then reduced the gap to 2 points following good play by Keelan and cathal Gaffney and Niall Lowry but Davitts then applied the killer punch with a wonderful goal scored by Aaron Amond which all but guaranteed his team a ticket to the final against Eire Og. Tinryland to their credit never gave up and were rewarded with 2 points from Eoghan Hosey and Niall Lowry but try as they might the lads in blue and white could not get through for the equalising goal and referee David Hickey sounded the final whistle to the delight of the Michael Davits suppporters. Peter Hennessy was also forced to retire with a hamstring injury at this stage to be replaced by Adam Mullen. Final score Michael Davitts 2-7 Tinryland 0-10.

Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Seamus Curran, Conor Ryan, Tommy Dunne, Rory Doyle 0-1, Cathal Gaffney 0-1, Fionnan Burke, John Murphy 0-1, Peter Hennessy 0-1, Conor McGrath, Keelan Gaffney 0-1, Cormac Kelly, Ronan Curran, Niall Lowry 0-3, Eoghan Hosey 0-1. Subs: Dinny Farrell 0-1, Cuan Burke, Adam Mullen.