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Tinryland Minors remain unbeaten in Carlow M.F.C. after away win against Eire Og

posted 12 Aug 2014, 11:54 by tinrylandpro@hotmail.com

By Eamonn Byrne

Tinryland minor footballers like their senior counterparts are top of the championship league table after a very good win over Eire Og at Pairc Ui Bhrian on Monday 11th August. A brilliant first 10 minutes and an excellent second half in front of a large attendance summed up this win against one the strongest teams in this year’s championship and at the end of the hour’s football Tinryland were thoroughly deserving winners.

The boys in blue and white got off to the perfect start when Conall O’Se rattled the Eire Og net as early as the 1st minute following good play by Adam Dunne. Eire Og goalkeeper Conor Maye was picking the ball out of his net again within 3 minutes when Tinryland full forward Mark Lawlor crashed the ball past him following excellent play from midfielder Peter Hennessy, Conor O’Toole and centre back Cathal Gaffney. It got even better for Tinryland when midfielder Niall Lowry pointed after a great run to leave the score 2-1 to 0-0 after 10 minutes.

The slow starting home side then enjoyed their best spell of the game and wing forward Shane Noonan opened their account in the 11th minute and the same player doubled the YI account 60 seconds later as the home team gradually came to grips with the whirlwind Tinryland start. Two quick points from the boot of the classy Reece Denieffe one from a free reduced the margin further as Eire Og began to dominate mid field but following excellent defending by Tinryland corner backs Fionnan Burke  and Dylan Reamsbottom our lead stretched out to 4 points once again when wing forward Ciaran Larkin scored a long distance point. Tinryland were now weathering the Eire Og storm somewhat and Mark Lawlor gave us further breathing space when he lofted a brilliant point in the 20th minute to leave the scoreboard reading Tinryland 2-3, Eire Og 0-4.

A Reece Denieffe free reduced the margin to 4 points in the 22nd minute but Tinryland continued to enjoy a lot of possession and were disciplined in the defence. It was Eire Og however who finished the first half scoring with a flourish and two well taken Shane Noonan points left the half time score Tinryland 2-3 Eire Og 0-7 and all to play for on an excellent evening for football.

When referee Pat Kehoe restarted proceedings Tinryland began well once again and Conall O’Se from a free extended the lead back out to 3 points. A long range Niall Lowry point in the 37th minute was followed by a Peter Hennessy special following great work by Conall O’Se, Conor McGrath and Andrew Hanley.

A great catch by Ciaran Larkin in the 43rd minute resulted in another Niall Lowry point and we were 7 points ahead mid-way through the 2nd half when Andrew Hanley showed great pace to leave the score at 2-8 to 0-7 with 15 minutes remaining. Eire Og had not scored in the 2nd half by this stage as the Tinryland defence denied them on every occasion they threatened and it was the 47th minute before they eventually opened their 2nd half account when Reece Denieffe converted a free.

Brilliant defending by full back John Murphy who was excellent throughout and great play by James McGrath and Mark Lawlor resulted in Tinryland’s third goal in the 48th minute and the execution by Peter Hennessy was clinical. Tinryland now led by 9 points and with 5 minutes remaining Andrew Hanley extended the advantage to 10 points when he once again displayed his pace to get in behind the Eire Og rearguard. Conall Dunne replaced the hard working Ciaran Larkin at this stage to give Tinryland fresh legs as a  Dylan Salter point in the 56th minute for Eire Og was cancelled out 2 minutes later by a Tinryland score from Adam Dunne following another great catch at mid field by Peter Hennessy.

The game then ended with an Eire Og point from wing forward Adam Murphy and right at the end Tinryland goalkeeper Ciaran Byrne pulled off a magnificent save to cap a fine all round performance for the hoops. Final score Tinryland 3-11 Eire Og 0-11.  

Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Fionnan Burke, John Murphy, Dylan Reamsbottom, Adam Dunne 0-1, Cathal Gaffney, Conor O’Toole, Peter Hennessy 1-1, Niall Lowry 0-2, Ciaran Larkin 0-1, Andrew Hanley 0-1, Conor McGrath, James McGrath 0-1, Mark Lawlor 1-2,Conall O’Se 1-2. Sub Conall Dunne.

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