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Tinryland Seniors gain their first points in S.F.L. Division 1

posted 4 May 2015, 03:01 by

By Eamonn Byrne

After a slower than normal start to the league Tinryland senior footballers finally got back to winning ways against Eire Og in Rathcrogue on Sunday 3rd May. Both sides fielded new look combinations in this round 6 clash with Eire Og missing up to 9 players due to Co commitments and Tinryland missing half of the 20 man squad that took the field in last season’s Co. senior championship semi –final against Rathvilly. Tinryland got off to a great start and showed their intent straight from the throw in. After Diarmaid Walshe was narrowly wide following a promising move within 90 seconds Mark Lawlor opened the scoring with a wonderful goal after great work by Andrew Hanley. A combination of poor final touches denied Tinryland extending their advantage at this stage but a brilliant piece of Cian Lawlor magic in the 7th minute finally proved successful when the wing back won possession in his own half and using his lightning speed soloed straight through the Eire Og defence before despatching the ball over the bar. Two minutes later Tinryland were 5 points clear following a Padraig Townsend point after good work by the Walshe brothers Cormac and Diarmaid. Eire Og then opened their account with a point from one of their best players Niall Quinlan before a great individual point from Tinryland corner back Adam Dunne extended the home team’s lead once again. Tinryland went six points ahead in the 14th minute following a successful free from Cormac Walshe after great interplay between Evan Doyle, Mark Dempsey and Diarmaid Walshe who drew the foul. Niall Quinlan for Eire Og and Padraig Whelan for Tinryland then traded points before Tinryland went eight points ahead following a pair of Diarmaid Walshe points following good work by Padraig Townsend and Cormac Walshe respectively. A Mark Corcoran point for Eire Og was cancelled out by a Cormac Walshe point for the men in blue and white before Eire Og staged a mini rally scoring the last two points of the half via Corcoran and Niall Quinlan. The town team were then dealt a blow when referee John Hickey issued a black card to full forward Keith Hession on the stroke of half time. Interval score Tinryland 1-8 Eire Og 0-6.  When the 2nd half began Tinryland recorded two wides from Padraig Townsend and Andrew Hanley before a brilliant Cormac Walshe point extended the lead back out to six points once again. Tinryland were playing wonderful football at this stage and Evan Doyle capped a good performance with a brilliant point after he won possession in midfield himself. Great defending by John Paul Moore resulted in another superb point from Diarmaid Walshe as Tinryland now led by 8 points with 20 minutes remaining. Paul Doyle was then introduced into the fray replacing Andrew Hanley as Eire Og began to enjoy their best spell with 3 unanswered points from Fiach O’Toole, Chris Blake and Mark Corcoran. The Doyle brothers Evan and Glen both scored excellent points for Tinryland in the 16th and 19th minutes to maintain a healthy lead of 7 points before Corey Harmon got one back for Eire Og with 10 minutes left on the clock. Padraig Townsend was then forced to leave the action with a hamstring injury and he was replaced by Jack Lowry as Diarmaid Walshe scored his sides 14th and final point with 8 minutes left. Eire Og are never beaten until the final whistle however and they staged a late rally scoring 4 unanswered points and saw a goal chance cleared off the line by Adam Dunne. Points from Corey Harmon (2), Mark Corcoran, and Cathal Kelly kept Tinryland on their toes before referee Hickey brought matters to a close after 4 minutes of stoppage time. Final score Tinryland 1-14 Eire Og 0-14.

Team: Trevor O’Reilly, Conor O’Toole, John Paul Moore, Adam Dunne 0-1, Matthew O’Toole, Mark Dempsey, Cian Lawlor 0-1, Glen Doyle 0-1, Evan Doyle 0-2, Padraig Townsend 0-2, Cormac Walshe 0-3, Mark Lawlor 1-0, Padraig Whelan 0-1, Diarmaid Walshe 0-3, Andrew Hanley. Subs: Paul Doyle, Jack Lowry, Padraig Delaney.