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Walshe goal deep in stoppage time seals quarter final place for Tinryland

posted 17 Sep 2012, 03:51 by   [ updated 17 Sep 2012, 04:02 ]

Walshe goal deep in stoppage time seals quarter final place for Tinryland

 By Eamonn Byrne

On a dramatic day in the Carlow S.F.C. Tinryland advanced to a quarter final meeting with O’Hanrahans next Saturday with a goal by Cormac  Walshe in the 5th minute of injury time against Mount Leinster Rangers at McGrath park on Sunday 16th September.

After an intense battle Tinryland were level with their Southern opposition at this stage but would have exited the championship on score difference as drama was also unfolding in Dr Cullen Park between Palatine and Kildavin-Clonegal. Tinryland had been reduced to 14 players with 6 minutes of normal time remaining after Glen Doyle received a second yellow card and with referee John Hickey looking at his watch Walshe’s goal was the most cruical one he has scored in his football career. Before the sending off Tinryland had shown great battling qualities to overcome a 4 point defecit after 20 minutes to edge into a 3 point lead with 7 minutes remaining.

The game began with Tinryland on the attack but a succession of wides and missed chances left the scoreboard bare before Mount Leinster Rangers with wind advantage opened the scoring in the 3rd minute. Tinryland had a major let off in the early stages when Rangers were narrowly wide with a clear cut chance on goal but the dual club continued to take their chances and had stretched into a 3 point lead by the 10th minute. Tinryland still had to score by the 14th minute but Rangers keeper Thomas Brennan kept Tinryland at bay when he brilliantly saved a Paul Broderick piledriver that was destined for the net. Tinryland finally opened their account in the 17th minute when Evan Doyle sent a 50 metre free between the posts. Rangers however extended their lead to 4 points with 2 quick points in the 18th and 19th minutes. A Cormac Walshe point in the 20th minute signalled a mini Tinryland revival and when Padraig Townsend pointed 3 minutes later the defecit was reduced to 2 points with 7 minutes remaining in the 1st half. Both teams then missed chances over the next 7 minutes before Tinryland reduced the margin to the minimum when Paul Broderick pointed after a great passing movement involving John Paul Moore, Conor Byrne, and Padraig Townsend. Mount Leinster Rangers had the final say of the half when they scored a point in the 31st minute to leave the half time score reading 6 points to 4 points in their favour.

The Tinryland management introduced Cian Moore and Robbie Power into the fray at half time for Conor Byrne and Padraig Delaney.

The second half was barely 10 seconds old when Glen Doyle slotted over a great point but this was cancelled out by another Mount Leinster Rangers score which left us behind by 2 points once again. Paul Broderick then pointed for Tinryland following good work by Robbie Power and 3 minutes later we were on level terms after Cormac Walshe slotted over another point. Rangers then went into a brief lead at a time that Tinryland defender Mark Dempsey had to leave the field due to a leg injury which would subsequently cause almost 6 minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end. Two wonderful Paul Broderick points from long range dead balls saw Tinryland lead for the first time with 12 minutes remaining and when Glen Doyle scored two brilliant points in the 49th and 53rd minutes it looked like we were heading for a comfortable win. 60 seconds later all changed however and after Rangers had reduced the margin to 2 points Glen Doyle received his marching orders for a second yellow card offence. Rangers then found renewed energy and they could have stolen it only for Trevor O’Reilly to come to our rescue. With the extra man Rangers continued to press and they tagged on 2 further points in the 62nd and 64th minutes with the game looking like it was going to end in stalemate which would be no use to us as Palatine had survived a great Kildavin comeback in Dr Cullen park. As things stood it would have been Rathvilly, Palatine and Kildavin who advanced from the so called group of death.

Cue Cormac Walshe to the rescue and he was coolness personified as he accepted a brilliant pass from Paul Broderick who had gathered a long ball from our defence to rattle the Rangers net to the delight of the huge Tinryland support and Tinryland were in the quarter final once again. In the dying seconds as Rangers pressed for the equalising goal Tinryland defender Danny Moran received a nasty ankly injury and he was replaced by minor player. Tinryland now go on to Meet O'Hanrahans in the quarter final on Saturday 22nd September at 4pm in Dr Cullen Park.

Final score Tinryland 1 11 Mount Leinster Rangers 0 11

Team: Trevor O’Reilly, Padraig Delaney, John Paul Moore, Mark Dempsey, Danny Moran, Shane Redmond, Garry Morrissey, Keith Jackson, Conor Byrne, Glen Doyle 0-3, Padraig Townsend 0-1, Cormac Walshe 1-2, Paul; Broderick 0-4, Evan Doyle 0-1, Niall Barrett. Subs: Cian Moore, Robbie Power, Peter Doran, Cian Lawlor.