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Tinryland U21’s produce outstanding performance against Palatine to reach Co Final

posted 6 Aug 2017, 12:12 by

By Eamonn Byrne

Two days after producing a flat performance against the same opposition in the opening round of the Carlow S.F.C. the U21 team recorded an outstanding victory over our parish rivals in the U21 semi- final played at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday 5th August. With both teams fielding around a half dozen players who lined out 48 hours earlier another keen contest was anticipated by both sets of supporters but that notion was truly dispelled  well before half time as the men in blue and white were simply awesome in their approach and effort in this game. Tinryland were never headed after a 3rd minute penalty was converted by James McGrath and another first half goal by Peter Hennessy in the 21st minute consolidated 3 more points by McGrath and another hat trick of points by Niall Lowry which gave Tinryland a 9 point interval lead. In that first half the Tinryland defence limited the Palatine lads to 3 points and with each and every player giving the maximum effort Tinryland supporters were in happy mood when referee Pat Kehoe from Rathvilly sounded the half time whistle. Half time score Tinryland 2-6 Palatine 0-3.

The second half began with no let- up in Tinryland’s momentum and an early James McGrath conversion was followed by a Peter Hennessy point in the 35th minute after good play by Cuan Burke, and Keelan Gaffney. It got even better for Tinryland one minute later when Peter Hennessy capped an outstanding performance at mid-field with another goal which virtually killed of the Palatine challenge with almost half of the game still remaining. Hennessy’s goal was the product of great play by Tinryland’s full forward Mark Lawlor who gave another outstanding display in the No. 14 jersey. James McGrath who had played well in the senior game on Thursday followed up with another point in the 41st minute and his cousin Conor chipped in with a point 2 minutes later following great play by Mark Lawlor, Niall Lowry and Conor O’Toole. Tinryland then lost Cathal Gaffney to a black card and he was replaced by Michael Dobosz. Shortly afterwards Palatine lost their influential senior player Shane O’Neill to a 2nd yellow with 12 minutes remaining as Tinryland introduced International sprinter Adam Murphy to give extra legs to the attack in the closing quarter. The closing stages saw Tinryland introduce 3 more subs in Dermot McGuill, Jonathon Curran and Rory Dunbar. Palatine got a consolation goal in the closing stages but at this point Tinryland thoughts were already on the u21 final against Rathvilly who had defeated St. Andrews in the first game on the programme. All the Tinryland players and subs were outstanding on Saturday with the goalkeeper Ciaran Byrne being well protected by the returning John Murphy, together with Conor Ryan, Rory Doyle, Cathal Gaffney and the Burke brothers Cuan and Fionnan. At midfield Niall Lowry and Peter Hennessy were majestic with the pair contributing 2-5 between them. Up front James McGrath gave another outstanding performance accounting for 1-6 of Tinryland’s total while he was very well supported by Keelan Gaffney, Conor McGrath, Conor O’Toole back from injury who gets better with every game, Mark Lawlor and the returning Andrew Hanley. Final score Tinryland 3-13 Palatine 1-5.

Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Conor Ryan, John Murphy, Cuan Burke, Rory Doyle, Cathal Gaffney, Fionnan Burke, Niall Lowry 0-3 1F, Peter Hennessy 2-2 1F, Keelan Gaffney, James McGrath 1-6 1Pen,5F, Conor McGrath 0-1, Conor O’Toole captain 0-1, Mark Lawlor, Andrew Hanley. Subs Michael Dobosz, Adam Murphy, Dermot McGuill, Jonathon Curran, Rory Dunbar.