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Tinryland U21 team reach Co. Final after exciting win over Eire Og

posted 19 Sep 2015, 13:09 by

By Eamonn Byrne       

Tinryland U21 footballers qualified for the Co. final after a very exciting win over hot favourites Eire Og in the semi-final at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday 19th September. After a fairly disappointing year for the club this victory over our town rivals was a welcome boost and we now have a Co. final to look forward to against Palatine who defeated St. Andrews in the other semi-final. Eire Og began this game as if they were going to steamroll Tinryland and by the 2nd minute the town team had 2 points on the board courtesy of full forward Niall Quinlan from a free and centre forward Chris Blake. Tinryland were slow to settle at this stage with Shane Webb registering a wide in the 3rd minute and a number of balls being given back to the YI’S. Ciaran Byrne the Tinryland goalie was called into action in the early stages and he prevented an Eire Og goal in the 6th minute. Tinryland then began to settle down and in their first major attack were rewarded with a brilliant goal from Mark Lawlor after excellent play from Shane Webb and Peter Hennessy. Taking heart from this score Mark Lawlor then added an excellent point following great play by Ciaran Larkin and John Dwyer before Corey Harmon left the minimum between the sides when he pointed in the 9th minute. Great play by Niall Lowry resulted in a free which he converted himself before Eire Og’s centre back Kelvin Chatten slotted over a point to leave the minimum once again separating the teams. Eire Og’s corner forward Reece Denieffe then levelled matters in the 14th minute before Tinryland’s Diarmaid Walshe edged the men in blue and white hoops one point ahead once again in the 19th minute after good play by John Murphy and Mark Lawlor. Six minutes without a score then followed before Eire Og’s Ronan O’Brien levelled matters once again when he pointed in the 25th minute but Tinryland’s reply was swift as Mark Lawlor who was excellent throughout pointed following good play by Peter Hennessy and Conor O’Toole. A key moment in the game then followed when Tinryland’s Andrew Hanley showed great pace along the Oak Park sideline before despatching to Mark Lawlor who crossed an excellent ball for Conall Dunne to score our second goal and extend the lead to 4 points with 3 minutes remaining in the first half. Tinryland were flying now and a Diarmaid Walshe conversion from a free and a great Andrew Hanley point left the scoreboard at half time reading Tinryland 2-6 Eire Og 0-6. When the 2nd half began Conor McGrath replaced the injured Conall Dunne and it was Eire Og who made their intentions known with a point from a free by Niall Quinlan. Diarmaid Walshe was then inches wide with a gilt edged goal chance before Andrew Hanley once again showed his class with a brilliant point following good play by Cathal Gaffney and Ciaran Larkin. Eire Og then reduced the margin to 5 points with another successful free from Niall Quinlan but after more good play by Cathal Gaffney Tinryland were dealt a blow when mid-fielder John Dwyer was dismissed on a second yellow card. Tinryland however did not yield and a great Peter Hennessy point after good work from Diarmaid Walshe and John Murphy kept their 6 point advantage intact entering the final quarter. Eire Og sensing victory with the extra man continued to up the ante and it took another great save from Ciaran Byrne to keep the townsmen at bay. A Cathal Kelly point for Eire Og in the 47th minute was matched one minute later by a Conor McGrath point for Tinryland after good play by Adam Dunne. Adam Murphy was then introduced for Tinryland but it was Eire Og that continued to press scoring 3 unanswered points between the 49th and 54th minutes to leave only 3 points separating the sides with 5 minutes left. The town team then went for the jugular and they registered 2 further points via Niall Quinlan before they were stopped in their tracks to gain the equaliser from a stern and heroic Tinryland defence who held out against all the odds to reach an U21 Co final to the delight of the Tinryland supporters who have endured a trying year. Final score Tinryland 2-9 Eire Og 0-14. Team: Ciaran Byrne, Cathal Gaffney, John Murphy, Adam Dunne, Fionnan Burke, Shane Webb, Niall Lowry 0-1, John Dwyer, Peter Hennessy 0-1, Conor O’Toole, Diarmaid Walshe 0-2, Ciaran Larkin, Conall Dunne 1-0, Mark Lawlor 1-2, Andrew Hanley 0-2. Subs Conor McGrath 0-1, Adam Murphy.