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Tinryland U21 team advance to Co. Semi-final with impressive win against Fenagh

posted 9 Jul 2017, 09:09 by

By Eamonn Byrne

Tinryland U21’s advanced to a semi-final date with Palatine or Eire Og when they easily dismissed the challenge of a youthful Fenagh at the Carlow Training centre on Friday 7th July. The men in blue and white were in complete control from the early stages after centre forward James McGrath had opened the scoring with a point after 60 seconds. A Tinryland goal from the captain Conor O’Toole in the 3rd minute stretched the advantage with Fenagh getting a point seconds later from their lively No. 8 Sean Whelan. Mid way through the opening half Tinryland had the ball in the Fenagh net once again when Cathal Gaffney finished a fine move and a succession of points from Peter Hennessy, James McGrath (3), Mark Lawlor (2) Niall Lowry and Conor McGrath left the scoreboard reading 2-9 to 0-2 at half time with Fenagh getting their only other first half point in the 24th minute from Padraig Hynes.

When referee Kieran Kelly from the Fighting Cocks re-started proceedings Tinryland quickly took up where they left off with midfielder Peter Hennessy slotting over a point in the opening minute after good work by Fionnan Burke and James McGrath. McGrath then increased his personal tally in the 35th minute when he slotted over another point after good play by Michael Dobosz and 2 minutes later Peter Hennessy scored another beauty after a great move involving himself, Conor O’Toole, Conor McGrath, and Mark Lawlor. This game was well and truly over as a contest by the 45th minute when Niall Lowry scored the point of the match and seconds later Peter Hennessy got Tinryland’s 3rd goal. To their credit Fenagh never threw in the towel and the scoreboard could have looked a lot better from their point of view only for a succession of wides throughout this game. Tinryland had the luxury of emptying the bench in the closing quarter as they introduced Tommy Dunne, Eoin Hosey, Jonathon Curran, Dermot McGuill, Cuan Burke and Rory Dunbar into the fray. There was some concern among the Tinryland supporters however as Niall Lowry picked up an ankle injury mid-way through the 2nd half. Tinryland now advance to the semi-final in early August where a sterner test surely awaits against either Eire Og or Palatine. All in all this was a competent display from the minor champions of 3 years ago who also kicked 13 wides during the hour conceding 10 frees in the process. 8 different Tinryland players contributed to the final tally of 3-17. Final score Tinryland 3-17 Fenagh 0-6

Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Adam Dunne, John Murphy, Conor Ryan, Rory Doyle, Cathal Gaffney 1-0, Fionnan Burke, Niall Lowry 0-2, Peter Hennessy 1-3, Conor O’Toole (Captain) 1-2, James McGrath 0-6, Conor McGrath 0-1, Keelan Gaffney, Mark Lawlor 0-2, Michael Dobosz. Subs: Tommy Dunne, Eoin Hosey, Jonathon Curran, Dermot McGuill 0-1, Cuan Burke, Rory Dunbar.

Fenagh: Jack Rowan, Eoin McDermott, Thomas Dowling, Padraig Hynes, Keegan Bradley, Martin Bridgett, Edward Brown, Sean Whelan, Tommy Bric, Cormac Lomax, Eoin McDonogh, Jamie Wall, Billy Nolan, Mark Treacy, Michael Murphy. Subs: Sean Brennan, Dylan Bradley