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Tinryland U21 team exit championship but give an honest effort

posted 22 Aug 2013, 10:41 by

 By Emonn Byrne

A depleted Tinryland U21 side exited the championship against St Andrews in Ballon on Wednesday 21st August. Forced to line out without 5 potential starters due to injury, holidays and work commitments the young  Tinryland team conceded 2 goals in the opening 10 minutes which ultimately proved the difference between the sides at the finish. After the poor start which saw the Bagenalstown side lead by 11 points after 20 minutes Tinryland came into the game in the latter stages of the first half with well taken points from Cathal O’Toole, Diarmaid Walshe, and Brian Hosey to leave the score at the break St Andrews 2-9 Tinryland 0-6. Tinryland had received a further boost coming up to half time when St Andrew’s best player Andrew Beaton was red carded for a striking offence right in front of the referee. This boost was cancelled out during the interval however when Diarmaid Walshe had to withdraw with an injury picked up in a game earlier in the week. In a very low scoring second half Tinryland reduced the margin to 7 points within 6 minutes of the restart following a pair of points by Cathal O’Toole. St Andrews had to wait until the 50th minute for their next score as Tinryland were reduced to 13 players following second yellow cards for Owen O’Gorman and Cathal O’Toole.With time running out Ciaran Townsend put some respectability on the scoreboard when his 30 metre free dipped into the net past the St. Andrews goalie. Final score St. Andrews 2-11 Tinryland 1-8

This game started 30 minutes late due to a mix up in venue arrangements. St Andrews claimed that they were never informed that the match had been changed from Old Leighlin. In fairness there is something wrong at the moment with this particular championship. It seems to be held for the sake of getting it out of the way wedged in between a very busy time for football and hurling. What is wrong playing off this competition in late spring or autumn especially considering that most club grounds including the new training centre have floodlights. The match was attended by the Carlow U21 football manager who had also travelled to the original venue in Old Leighlin. Wonder was he impressed with what he saw in Ballon.

Team: Adam Murphy, Paddy Browne, Mark Lawlor , Niall Fitzpatrick, Conor O’Toole, Jack Lowry, Conor O’Brien, Owen O’Gorman, Barry Power, Diarmaid Walshe 0-2, Cathal O’Toole 0-5, Garry Scully, Brian Hosey 0-1, David Townsend, Ciaran Townsend 1-0. Subs Michael Delaney, John Jackson, Sean Delaney, Barry Kennedy.