By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland made it 3 wins from 3 games played in the S.F.L. division 1 when they overcame St. Andrew’s at McGrath Park on Sunday evening. The destination of the league points was never in doubt after a whirlwind opening 15 minutes when the men in blue and white kicked 7 points from play without reply. Diarmaid Walshe opened the scoring after 30 seconds and 6 further points from Niall Lowry, Cormac Walshe, Matthew O’Toole (2), Padraic Townsend and Diarmaid Walshe were just reward for Tinryland dominance at this stage. With Co. players Shane Redmond and Danny Moran back in the defence the Tinryland rearguard worked tirelessly to keep the home team scoreless and when St. Andrew’s did breakthrough Trevor O’Reilly brought off a couple of fine saves to prevent goals from the Bagenalstown team. Tinryland were guilty of a number of missed goal chances in the opening half also before St Andrew’s opened their account in the 25th minute when Andrew Beaton converted a free. The home side doubled their tally two minutes later when Co. panellist Darren Crooks raised a white flag. The final act of the first half was a Padraic Townsend point for the winners which left the half time score Tinryland 0-8, St. Andrew’s 0-2.
When play resumed Tinryland began where they left off with a Cormac Walshe point and a well worked goal by his brother Diarmaid which left 10 points separating the sides.
Further points in a 3 minute spell from Keith Jackson, Padraic Townsend and Matthew O’Toole extended the lead to 13 points before St. Andrew’s got a goal when Darren Crooks drifted in past the Tinryland defence to give his side a lifeline. Diarmaid Walshe and Andrew Beaton traded points before Tinryland extended their advantage once again with a wonderful Cathal Gaffney point. To their credit St. Andrew’s never gave up and they could have had another goal but for stern defending by Tinryland corner back Adam Dunne. Both sides then began emptying their benches with Tinryland introducing Conor Ryan, Shane Webb, James McGrath, Mark Lawlor, Ciaran Larkin and Paul Broderick into the action. St. Andrew’s introduced Andrew Casey, Justin Manning, David Miley and David Corcoran at this stage and enjoyed a productive spell with 4 Andrew Beaton points before Tinryland replied with points from James McGrath (2), Paul Broderick and Cormac Walshe.
On the stroke of full time St. Andrew’s hard working midfielder John Doyle scored a final point for the home side who still are seeking a first win in the senior ranks since their promotion.
Outstanding for the winners were Trevor O’Reilly, Shane Redmond, Adam Dunne, Padraic Townsend Rory Doyle, Matthew O’Toole, Diarmaid and Cormac Walshe and Cathal Gaffney. St. Andrew’s had prominent players in Martin Cummins, John Doyle, Jamie Clarke, Darren Crooks, Andrew Beaton and Jamie Whelan.
Full time score Tinryland 1-18 St. Andrew’s 1-9.
Tinryland: Trevor O’Reilly, Adam Dunne, John Paul Moore, Cathal Gaffney 0-1, Rory Doyle, Shane Redmond, Danny Moran, Peter Hennessy, Keith Jackson 0-1, Matthew O’Toole 0-3, Padraic Townsend 0-3, Conor McGrath, Niall Lowry 0-1, Diarmaid Walshe 1-3, Cormac Walshe 0-3. Subs: Conor Ryan, James McGrath 0-2, Shane Webb, Ciaran Larkin, Mark Lawlor, Paul Broderick 0-1.
St. Andrew’s: Rory Doyle, Liam Cummins, Martin Cummins, Leon Power, Morgan Drea, Alan Whelan, Jamie Whelan, John Doyle 0-1, David Kennedy, Alan Corcoran, Andrew Beaton 0-7 3F, Alan Beaton, Darren Crooks 1-1, Jamie Clarke, Shane Clarke. Subs: Andrew Casey, Justin Manning, David Miley, David Corcoran.
Referee John Hickey Fenagh.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland made a whirlwind start to this 2nd round S.F.L. division 1 game in Rathcrogue on Sunday scoring 6 unanswered points in the opening 6 minutes. The Tinryland forwards were on fire at this stage with the Walshe brothers Diarmaid and Cormac in the full forward line receiving plentiful supply of ball from their midfielders Keith Jackson and Peter Hennessy. Full forward Diarmaid Walshe scored 4 points in this period and with another 2 white flags being raised by Matthew O’Toole and Jackson Tinryland appeared to be running away with the points. Rathvilly steadily came to grips with the game and in the 11th minute corner forward Conor Owens rattled the Tinryland net to give the Wicklow border side a lifeline. Tinryland responded with a Cormac Walshe point but the Tinryland defence was undone again in the 15th minute when Rathvilly wing back Colin Byrne raced through to slot the ball past Tinryland goalkeeper Ciaran Byrne. This score proved to be Rathvilly’s last of the opening half and the home side added 3 further points via Peter Hennessy, Keith Jackson and Cormac Walshe to leave the blue and white hoops 4 points ahead at the break. Half time score Tinryland 0-10, Rathvilly 2-0.
Rathvilly came out in the 2nd half determined to bridge the gap and within 2 minutes of the restart Conor Owens and Brendan Murphy reduced the margin to 2 points with well taken scores.
Tinryland then pressed forward and a Cormac Walshe goal in the 34th minute game them breathing space. Two minutes later Tinryland had an opportunity to consolidate their advantage when Padraig Townsend was felled in the small square but Diarmaid Walshe could only manage a point from the resulting penalty. Conor McGrath for Tinryland and Brian Smith for Rathvilly then traded points before Smith tagged on 3 further points for the away team leaving 3 points separating the sides with 10 minutes remaining. Tinryland lifted the siege with 2 further points from the Walshe brothers but with 5 minutes remaining Rathvilly got another lifeline when Danny Molloy successfully converted a penalty to leave only 2 points separating the teams once again. Rathvilly drove forward in search of further scores but their momentum was stemmed by a bout of handbags resulting in a host of yellow cards for players from both sides. The final act of this entertaining game saw Diarmaid Walshe successfully convert a 35 metre free and the home side remain unbeaten having accounted for last year’s Co. finallists Palatine and Rathvilly in the 2 opening games of this year’s league.
Final score Tinryland 1-15 Rathvilly 3-6.
Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Adam Dunne, Conor Byrne, Cathal Gaffney, Rory Doyle, John Murphy, Cian Lawlor, Keith Jackson 0-2, Peter Hennessy 0-1, Conor McGrath 0-1, Padraig Townsend, Matthew O’Toole 0-1, Niall Lowry, Diarmaid Walshe 0-7, Cormac Walshe 1-2. Subs: Conor Ryan, James McGrath, Shane Webb, Glen Doyle, Mark Lawlor.
Rathvilly: Michael Byrne, Kevin McCall, Andrew Sibbald, Jeffery O’Donoghue, Jim Bob Leonard, Tony Bolger, Colin Byrne 1-0, Brendan Murphy 0-1, Ed. Finnegan, Ryan Sibbald, Brian Smith 0-3, Robert Ryan, Conor Owens 1-1, Danny Molloy 1-0, Jake Elliot.
Referee Pat Murphy (Fenagh)
By Eamonn Byrne
Rathvilly’s 2nd team proved too strong for Tinryland in the opening match of S.F.L. division 3 played at Rathcrogue on Tuesday 28th March. The Wicklow border side included a half dozen senior panellists in their line up and got off to the perfect start within 2 minutes of the throw in when the ball somehow ended up in the Tinryland net. Rathvilly increased that lead to 4 points in the 6th minute when corner forward Donal Kelly pointed before Richard Whyte opened the Tinryland account in the 8th minute following good play by Peter Hennessy. Rathvilly then tagged on 2 further points from their centre forward Jake Elliot and corner forward Donal Kelly before Tinryland responded with a Padraic Whelan point from a free in the 17th minute. Tinryland were finding it hard to break down the Rathvilly defence while at the other end Tinryland conceded 2 further points from Wesley Faulkner and Jake Elliot before Tinryland responded with points from Richard Whyte and Peter Hennessy. The final act of the first half was a Rathvilly point from a free by Donal Kelly which left the half time score Rathvilly 1-7 Tinryland 0-4.
Tinryland introduced Liam Fitzpatrick into the fray at half time and got off to the best possible start within 1 minute of the restart when Dean Farrell scored a great point following good work by David Townsend. This was as good as it got for the home side however and a further blow was dealt when David Townsend received his marching orders from referee Enda Hulton for verbals early in the 2nd half. Rathvilly continued to dominate using the extra man to their advantage and by the 50th minute had stretched the lead to 10 points following further scores by Donal Kelly, Wesley Faulkner, and Larry Farrell. Tinryland introduced Paul Doyle and Brian Farrell into the action but the Rathvilly tide could not be stemmed and the final score was Rathvilly 1-14 Tinryland 0-5. The next S.F.L. division 3 fixture is against Ballon on Tuesday 4th April at Rathcrogue.
Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Joey Ryan, Mark Dempsey, Conor Ryan, Shane O’Neill, John Paul Moore, Adam Mullen, Peter Hennessy 0-1, Keelan Gaffney, Padraic Whelan 0-1, Richard Whyte 0-2, Dean Farrell 0-1, Michael Dobosz, Padraig Delaney, David Townsend. Subs: Liam Firtzpatrick, Paul Doyle, Brian Farrell.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland seniors made a positive start to 2017 when they defeated Co. champions Palatine In round 1 of the S.F.L. division 1 at Rathcrogue on Sunday 26th March. With the Andy Murphy shield also at stake this game was played in ideal conditions and attracted a fine crowd to the venue.
Early exchanges saw Diarmaid Walshe open the scoring for the home side with a point after 60 seconds following good play by John Paul Moore and John Murphy. This score was cancelled out by a Jamie Kenny point for the Co. champions after 4 minutes before Walshe restored his team’s advantage with a point from a free in the 7th minute. The sides were deadlocked again in the 9th minute when Shane O’Neill pointed for Pal and two minutes later the Cnoc Arda men edged ahead for the first time with a Darragh Moran point. Tinryland stayed competitive and a successful free from Cormac Walshe was followed by the first goal of the game from his brother Diarmaid who successfully converted a penalty in the 15th minute following a foul on Keith Jackson.
Tinryland were denied a second goal in the 19th minute when Palatine goalkeeper Craig Kearney did well to smother a Diarmaid Walshe shot which was destined for the net. The closing stages of the first half saw both sides playing positive football with wonderful scores at each end. Tinryland added 3 points from Diarmaid Walshe, Matthew O’Toole and Padraig Townsend with both sides retiring at the interval on level terms following Palatine points from Jamie Kenny (Free), David Reid and Paul Reid. Half Time score Tinryland 1-6 Palatine 0-9.
The second half began with James McGrath being introduced for the home side. In similar fashion to the first half Tinryland were first out of the blocks with a Keith Jackson point following good play by Cormac Walshe and Cathal Gaffney. It got even better for Tinryland sixty seconds later when Cormac Walshe rattled the Palatine net after wonderful play by corner forward Niall Lowry. Another Jackson point in the 33rd minute extended the Tinryland lead to 5 points and it could have been more one minute later only for a brilliant save from Craig Kearney who denied Cormac Walshe another goal.
Kearney then turned poacher when he converted a ’45 to keep Pal in the hunt but the Tinryland lead extended to 7 points by the 37th minute when James McGrath scored a wonderful individual goal after possession was won at the other end by Adam Dunne.
The Palatine fightback then began with a point from Shane O’Neill followed by a Thomas Kenny point as Tinryland began to empty the bench introducing Glen Doyle, Mark Lawlor, Conor Ryan and Ciaran Larkin into the fray. Palatine were dealt a blow with Jason Kane receiving a second yellow card from referee Cathal McSteen. Another Shane O’Neill point reduced Tinryland’s lead to 3 points before the home side got their second wind with the fresh legs making a difference. The closing stages saw Tinryland consolidate their lead with the icing being applied to the cake by a Ciaran Larkin goal following good play by James McGrath who seems to have put his injury woes finally behind him. Final score Tinryland 4-11 Palatine 0-14.
Tinryland: Trevor O’Reilly, Adam Dunne, Conor Byrne, Cathal Gaffney 0-1, Rory Doyle, John Paul Moore, Cian Lawlor, Keith Jackson 0-2, John Murphy, Conor McGrath, Padraig Townsend 0-1, Matthew O’Toole 0-1, Niall Lowry, Diarmaid Walshe 1-5, Cormac Walshe 1-1. Subs James McGrath 1-0, Ciaran Larkin 1-0, Glen Doyle, Mark Lawlor, Conor Ryan.
Palatine: Craig Kearney 0-1 ‘45, Conor O’Doherty, Conor Crowley, Christopher Parle, Niall Cawley, Stephen Reilly, Jack Brennan, David Reid 0-1, Jason Kane, Paul Reid 0-2, Shane O’Neill 0-4 1F, Tomas Kenny 0-2, Conor Reynolds 0-1, Jamie Kenny 0-2 1F, Darragh Moran 0-1. Subs: Conor Lawlor
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland minors brought the curtain down on the 2016 season when they captured the Carlow M.F.C. (B) title defeating Naomh Eoin-Miseal in a one sided final at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday 12th November.The result of this game was never in doubt from the early stages as the boys in blue and white raced into an eight point lead by the 20th minute and in the process held Naomh Eoin scoreless during that period with excellent defending from the likes of Eamonn Murphy, Cuan Burke, Tommy Dunne and Rory Dunbar.
Opening points from the lively Ronan Curran (2), Dinny Farrell (2), Keelan Gaffney and a 12th minute Conor Brennan goal laid the foundations for this emphatic victory with the Tinryland forwards much sharper throughout than their Myshall counterparts. Naomh Eoin’s only score in this one sided affair came in the 21st minute when full forward Jamie Kavanagh deflected a Cathal Treacy free over the bar. Amazingly this was to be their last and only score for the team that lost the (A) hurling final 2 weeks previously. When referee Billy Fanning from Ballon sounded the half time whistle Tinryland who played against the strong breeze led by 1-6 to 0-1 with the remaining first half score being a point from full forward Michael Dobosz following good play by Rory Doyle, Eoin Hosey, Jonathon Curran and Conor Ryan.
When play resumed it was more of the same as Tinryland kept the scoreboard operator busy. Early 2nd half points from Keelan Gaffney, Conor Brennan, Dinny Farrell and Ronan Curran extended the lead to 12 points by the 35th minute. With Gaffney and Conor Ryan lording it at midfield and Rory Doyle keeping Naomh Eoin’s danger man Cathal Treacy in check Tinryland tagged on 4 further points via Keelan Gaffney, Dinny Farrell (2) and Michael Dobosz before the first substitution was made with the introduction of Cormac Kelly for his hard working namesake Ferghal Kelly. With the game long over as a contest Tinryland emptied the bench by sending on Rory Moore, Shea Byrne, Alan Grogan and Luke Fleming lads who were not found wanting throughout the season when they were called upon. The closing stages saw further points from the excellent Conor Brennan (2) and Keelan Gaffney while the icing had already been applied to the cake with a brilliant individual Michael Dobosz goal in the 46th minute. This left the final score Tinryland 2-18 Naomh Eoin 0-1.
Shortly after the final whistle Tinryland captain Rory Doyle was presented with the winner’s trophy by Tinryland clubman and Co. board treasurer Cormac O’Toole as the curtain came down on the playing fields for another year. Outstanding for Tinryland in this game were goalkeeper Cian Nolan, Eamonn Murphy, Tommy Dunne, Rory Doyle, Rory Dunbar, Conor Ryan, Conor Brennan, Dinny Farrell and Ronan Curran.
Tinryland: Cian Nolan, Eamonn Murphy, Tommy Dunne, Ferghal Kelly, Cuan Burke, Rory Doyle, Rory Dunbar, Conor Ryan, Keelan Gaffney 0-4, Conor Brennan 1-4, Ronan Curran 0-3, Jonathon Curran, Dinny Farrell 0-5, Michael Dobosz 1-2, Eoin Hosey. Subs Cormac Kelly, Rory Moore, Shea Byrne, Alan Grogan, Luke Fleming.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland minors put on an exhibition of impressive football when reaching the M.F.C. (B) final when they defeated St. Patricks at the Netwatch Training centre in Fenagh on Tuesday 4th October. Despite the final score of 1-21 to 1-8 Tinryland found the Slaneysiders tough opponents and it took most of the first half for the boys in blue and white to break down the Tullow team’s resistance.
Tinryland were 2 points up within 3 minutes after early points from the impressive Michael Dobosz after good work by Rory Doyle and Dinny Farrell and a successful free from Keelan Gaffney. St. Pats lost wing forward Ryan Doran to an early injury and they opened their account in the 6th minute with a point from Jamie Farrell. Both sides then had scoring chances before Keelan Gaffney converted another free and T.J.Kavanagh did likewise for the Tullow boys. Tinryland then began to turn on the power scoring impressive points from Ronan Curran, Rory Doyle and Curran again to lead by 4 points by the 26th minute. Jonathon Curran and Eamonn Murphy and Ronan Curran added more points to the Tinryland tally following good play by Tommy Dunne, Eoin Hosey, Cuan Burke, Rory Doyle and Conor Ryan while T.J. Kavanagh kept the Tullow account ticking with a 29th minute point which left the half time scoreboard reading Tinryland 0-9 St. Patricks 0-3.
A strong half time team talk from the Tinryland management team helped to keep the momentum going when the 2nd half began and within 5 minutes Tinryland had stretched clear by 9 points following well taken points by Jonathon Curran, Keelan Gaffney (free), Ronan Curran and Michael Dobosz after a lot of groundwork was done by defenders Rory Doyle, Fergal Kelly, Rory Dunbar, Tommy Dunne, Cuan Burke and Eamonn Murphy together with steady goalkeeper Cian Nolan. St. Pats managed a point in the 37th minute from sub Craig Keenan but Tinryland kept the umpires at the Fenagh end busy with further points from Conor Brennan, Michael Dobosz, Dinny Farrell, Ronan Curran and Tommy Dunne to lead by 18 points to 4 points by the 45th minute. Cormac Flynn then managed to put the ball into the Tinryland net in the 38th minute and when the Tullow boys pointed with 10 minutes remaining the gap was reduced to 11 points as Tinryland began to give their bench a run sending in Aubrey Bradley, Rory Moore, Shea Byrne, Luke Fleming and Alan Grogan. A super goal by Tinryland’s impressive full forward Michael Dobosz with 9 minutes remaining put the icing on the cake and Tinryland cruised to the finish scoring further points via Rory Doyle and Dobosz as the Tullow challenge finally wilted. Final score Tinryland 1-21 St. Patricks 1-8.
Tinryland: Cian Nolan, Eamonn Murphy 0-1, Tommy Dunne 0-1, Fergal Kelly, Cuan Burke, Rory Doyle 0-2, Rory Dunbar, Conor Ryan, Keelan Gaffney 0-3 f, Conor Brennan 0-1, Ronan Curran 0-6 1f, Jonathon Curran 0-2, Dinny Farrell 0-1, Michael Dobosz 1-4, Eoin Hosey. Subs: Aubrey Bradley, Rory Moore, Shea Byrne, Luke Fleming, Alan Grogan.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland captured the Carlow u12 division 2A title by a single point in an 8 goal thriller at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday 1st October. In one of the best underage games seen at the venue in 2016 Tinryland dominated the early proceedings scoring 2 points in the opening minute via Mark Mullen and Conor Carew after early pressure yielded a free kick for the boys in blue and white. Tinryland were dealt an injury blow as early as the 3rd minute when Alan Bohanna had to leave the field to be replaced by Bobby Doyle. A move involving Tinryland players Kate McDonald, Killian Fagan, Mark Mullen, Seamus McCullough and Conor Carew resulted in a goal from the midfielder to put Tinryland 5 points ahead by the 5th minute. A great save by Tinryland goalkeeper Charlie Horkan kept Burren Rangers at bay before their influential mid fielder Andrew Synoradzki opened the Rangers account with a point after 6 minutes. Another white flag was raised at the Tinryland end seconds later when Shane Duffy doubled the Ballon parish teams account as both teams went hell for leather in search of further scores. After great defensive work by Conor Carew and Killian Fagan Tinryland drove forward to score their 2nd goal in the 9th minute from Fagan. Burrin responded with a well struck free from Synoradzki while Charlie Horkan in the Tinryland goal made another wonderful save to keep his goal intact in the 10th minute. Burrin Rangers then began to grow in confidence and a successful free from Andrew Synoradzki reduced Tinryland’s lead to 4 points before another point from Josh Fernandez left only a goal between the sides entering the final 5 minutes of the first half. Shane Duffy scored another Burrin point with 4 first half minutes remaining but Tinryland lifted the siege when Bobby Doyle found the net after a defensive error by the opposition. Burrin then responded in the best possible fashion with a goal out of the top drawer scored by their no 10 Daniel Morahan while Tinryland were guilty of 2 wides in quick succession. The closing minutes of the opening half saw Jonah Webb win 2 frees for the hoops and both were converted by Conor Carew to leave the half time scoreboard reading Tinryland 3-3 Burrin Rangers 1-6.
When Rathvilly referee Eamonn Molloy restarted proceedings Alan Bohanna re appeared after his early first half injury. Within one minute the sides were all square following a Burrin goal from Synoradzki but within seconds Tinryland’s 3 point advantage was restored after a super goal from the hard working Seamus McCullough who worked his socks off throughout this enthralling game. McCullough won a free 60 seconds later and Conor Carew duly converted to put Tinryland 4 points clear and after the excellent Killian Fagan had seen his rasper hit the post McCullough won another free for his team and Carew repeated his free taking skills to send Tinryland 5 clear with 15 minutes remaining. Burrin then began to enjoy a period of dominance but great defending by Killian Fagan and Ruairi Scully kept the Tinryland lead intact and by the half way stage of the 2nd half the Tinryland advantage was stretched to 7 points following 2 brilliant points from Conor Carew and a booming 45 straight over the black spot from Killian Fagan. Burrin then began to throw the kitchen sink at Tinryland in a bid to retrieve the situation they were in and they got a goal back with 5 minutes remaining when Aaron Gordon ghosted in past the Tinryland defence to deflect the ball past Charlie Horkan in the Tinryland goal. Burrin tails were up now and they went for the jugular and were rewarded further when defender Evan Corr found the net with one minute remaining. Tinryland supporters then had to endure over 4 minutes of stoppage time during which heroic defending and some good luck kept the ball out of the net which would have given a dramatic victory to the Ballon parish team. Burrins best chance with seconds to go was saved by Tinrylands superb goalkeeper Charlie Horkan who along with Conor Carew, Killian Fagan, Ruairi Scully, Mark Mullen, Seamus McCullough, Jonah Webb and sub Bobby Doyle were among the outstanding players on view in this noon thriller at Netwatch Cullen Park. Final score Tinryland 4-7 Burrin Rangers 4-6.
Well done to team mentors Bernard Mullen, Mike Carew, Peter Scully, David Donegan
Tinryland: Charlie Horkan, Cian McGuire, Kate McDonald, Alan Bohanna, Jonah Webb, Mark Mullen, Ruairi Scully, Conor Carew, Killian Fagan, Seamus McCullough, Josh Donegan, Jacob Traynor, Peter Whelan, Bobby Doyle, Liam Donoghue, Alex Farrell, Conal McGuire
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland’s No. 1 junior team made their exit from the championship when they were well beaten in the end by a strong St. Patricks outfit in the semi-final played at Netwatch Cullen Park on Friday 30th September. Tinryland more than matched their opponents for most of the first half and were leading by 4 points to 3 after 18 minutes following a superb Adam Murphy point after good play by his mid field partner John Fleming. The game began with the Tullow men taking an early advantage scoring points in the 3rd and 5th minutes from former Carlow senior player Jack Kennedy. The Slaneysiders squandered a gilt edged goal chance in the 6th minute when full forward Paddy Tobin missed a golden opportunity to raise a green flag. The Tinryland account was opened in the 7th minute with a Ciaran Townsend point following good play by Padraig Delaney and Paul Doyle. Paul Doyle then slotted over a great point in the 10th minute to level matters after excellent play involving Ciaran Townsend and Adam Murphy. The Tinryland goal at the other end led a charmed life at this stage and a brilliant save by goalkeeper Sean McLaughlin plus good defending by Peter Doran, Shane O’Neill and Conor Ryan kept the Tullow men at bay before the men from Bro Leo Park regained the lead with a point from centre forward John Fitzgerald. This player who picked up an injury shortly afterwards was then substituted and his replacement Eoin Doyle made a big impact and was involved in most of the St. Patricks scores from then on. Alan Barrett levelled matters for Tinryland with a 14th minute point and after Adam Murphy’s great point in the 18th minute St. Pats went back in front with a well worked goal by full forward Paddy Tobin after good work by Jack Kennedy and his fellow forward Padraig Murphy. Substitute Eoin Doyle increased the advantage in the 24th minute before Ciaran Townsend won a free which was converted by Ciaran Larkin. The first half ended with Jack Kennedy converting a free for St. Patricks and a great point from David Townsend after good play by Ciaran Townsend. Half Time score St. Patrick’s 1-5 Tinryland 0-6
The second half began with the Tullow men turning the screw and 3 points from Kennedy, Doyle and Murphy in the opening 12 minutes plus another from midfielder Willie Doran saw the eventual winners leading by 6 points mid-way through the second half. Tinryland had introduced Jack Lowry, Padraig Townsend and Michael Dobosz into the fray at this stage and received a slice of good fortune with 12 minutes remaining when a long punt by David Townsend was fumbled by St.Patricks goalie Jim Bob Tobin and Ciaran Larkin slotted the ball into the net to reduce the margin to 3 points. This was a false dawn for Tinryland however and proved to be their only 2nd half score. In the last quarter Tullow completely began to dominate and another Padraig Murphy point was followed by a goal from corner forward Eoin O’Toole after a Tinryland kick out was intercepted and a succession of points from Jack Kennedy (2), Eoin Doyle, Padraig Murphy, Lee Kavanagh and Paddy Tobin put the game to bed. Tinryland fans and players were relieved to hear referee David Hickey’s final whistle and St. Patrick’s now advance to meet Eire Og in the Carlow J.F.C. (A) final. Final score St. Patrick’s 2-16 Tinryland 1-6.
Tinryland: Sean McLaughlin, Liam Fitzpatrick, Peter Doran, Conor Ryan, Dermot McGuill, Shane O’Neill, Adam Dunne, Adam Murphy 0-1, John Fleming, David Townsend 0-1, Ciaran Larkin 1-1, Paul Doyle 0-1, Padraig Delaney, Alan Barrett 0-1, Ciaran Townsend 0-1. Subs Jack Lowry, Padraig Townsend, Michael Dobosz, Dean Farrell, Dylan Byrne, John Whyte.
By Eamonn Byrne
Tinryland landed the Carlow J.F.C. (C) title under the Netwatch Cullen park floodlights with a dramatic second half comeback against fancied Ballon on Friday 23rd September. Prior to this the game seemed to be slipping away from the men in blue and white on a number of occasions with the Ballon men holding 4 and 6 point advantages either side of half time.
Tinryland found themselves trailing by 3 points after 9 minutes following 2 points from frees by Ballon centre forward James Doyle and a well struck point from former O’Hanrahans player Paul Lyons in the 4th minute. The Tinryland account was opened in the 10th minute by birthday boy Brian “Beano” Mullen who slotted over the opening point after good play by John Whyte, Paddy Byrne and David O’Shea. Ballon responded with points from their lively full forward Dessie Nolan and another successful free from James Doyle to edge 4 points ahead by the 15th minute.
A slick move involving Adam Mullen, Barry Power, veteran P.J.Murphy and John Whyte resulted in a great Dean Farrell point in the 16th minute before Ballon edged 4 points ahead once again when wing forward John Murphy raised a white flag at the Canary end. More good play by P.J.Murphy, David O’Shea, Paddy Byrne and team captain John Whyte ended with another “Beano” Mullen point before Dessie Nolan restored the Ballon 4 point advantage. The men in white and red extended their lead in the 26th minute with another Dessie Nolan point as Tinryland made their first substitution introducing Fergal Kelly into defensive duty. Tinryland who were facing the rising wind then struck for a crucial score when David “Dotsy” O’Shea crashed the ball past Ballon goalkeeper Jack Ryan shortly before Eire Og referee Enda Hulton sounded the half time whistle. Half time score Ballon 0-8 Tinryland 1-3.
With the strengthening wind now in their favour Tinryland were in confident mood heading in to the 2nd half but it was Ballon who stretched further ahead with another successful free from centre forward James Doyle. Michael Dobosz who had entered the fray at half time then made an instant impact when he scored a wonderful point in the 32nd minute but Tinryland joy was short lived as James Doyle somehow found space to out run the Tinryland defence and Michael Delaney had no chance of saving Ballons only goal. When Doyle successfully converted his 6th free in the 35th minute it looked curtains for Tinryland but remarkably this proved to be Ballons last score of the match as Tinryland with the aid of fresh legs from the bench gradually took over in all sectors. Michael Mullen who had just come on as a sub made an instant contribution when he slotted over a free in the 38th minute and after David O’Shea had a goal denied by the post Muzzy reduced the defecit to 4 points with 17 minutes remaining. It was all Tinryland now and as the game entered the final quarter Tinryland were awarded a penalty. Michael Mullen struck the penalty well but Ballon goalie Jack Ryan somehow got his boot to it and the danger was temporarily averted from a Ballon viewpoint.
Fergal Kelly, Seamus Curran and P.J. Murphy who has made more comebacks than Lazarus then set up Michael Mullen for another wonderful point and suddenly Tinryland scented victory as the recently introduced Cathal Whelan narrowed the margin to 2 points with 9 minutes remaining. As Ballon legs began to wobble Tinryland went for the jugular and were rewarded by a wonderful goal by sub Jason Curran who had been introduced early in the 2nd half. Tinryland were now ahead for the first time and at the right time and the icing was applied when Michael Dobosz capped a wonderful performance with a brilliant point to edge Tinryland 2 points ahead. In what seemed an eternity for Tinryland fans the game finally ended with Tinryland winning the title by 2-9 to 1-10. Tinryland captain John Whyte was then presented with the cup by Tinryland’s own Cormac O’Toole the current treasurer of Carlow Co. Board.
All 20 players were heroes on Friday and the celebrations afterwards added to Brian Mullens 21st birthday party resulted in a great night of celebration in the club.
Tinryland: Michael Delaney, Alan Byrne, Joey Ryan, Paddy Byrne, P.J.Murphy, John Whyte captain, Seamus Curran, Adam Mullen, Alan Kirwan, Dean Farrell 0-1, David O’Shea 1-0, Gary Scully, Eoin Fields, Barry Power, Brian Mullen 0-2. Subs: Fergal Kelly, Michael Dobosz 0-2, Jason Curran 1-0, Michael Mullen 0-3, Cathal Whelan 0-1.
By David Byrne
Tinryland U16s played Clonmore in the Division 2 final on Thursday 15th in Netwatch Cullen Park. Under pressure from the start the Tinryland team fought hard and put together a fine run in the first half which saw them score five unanswered points to go ahead midway through the half. Clonmore's midfield, which proved a handful all night, got them back into the game with a goal and a succession of points. The Tinryland boys never let their heads go down and responded with a couple of scores to finish strongly. Half time score Tinryland 0-8 Clonmore 1-8
The second half was a much more one sided game as the power of Clonmore proved too much for a brave Tinryland team which never stopped running and fought right to the final whistle. Final score Tinryland 0-9 Clonmore 3-16
Tinryland: Maurice Lawlor, Dannan Burke, Ben Murphy, Mark Walsh, Jack Murphy, Fiach Millward, Eoin Gannon (c) Jonah Dunne, Neung Kelly, Kostya Cahill, Dinny Farrell (0-1) Cormac O'Brien (0-1) Brian McGrath, Pavel Cahill, Ronan Curran (0-7). Subs: Sam Byrne, John Dempsey, Brian Geoghegan, Adam Nolan, Paddy Regan, Rory Walsh