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Disappointment for Tinryland in Co. Minor Final Replay

posted 29 Oct 2013, 08:22 by
By Eamonn Byrne
Once again there was disappointment for Tinryland in a Co Minor final when the replay was played in Dr. Cullen Park on Saturday 26th October.

After almost doing the business in the drawn game hopes were high that the minor hoodoo would finally be exorcised this time around. Alas it was not to be once again as our old rivals Eire Og deservedly won their 31st title in impressive fashion.

The scene was set in this game as early as 13 seconds after the throw in when Eire Og’s

Dean Hayden opened the scoring with a well taken point. Tinryland’s response was swift with Ciaran Townsend passing to Andrew Hanley who slotted over the equaliser within 60 seconds. Eire Og then tagged on two unanswered points by the 5th minute via wing back Cathal Kelly and centre forward Adam Murphy. The first clear cut goal chance then fell to the town team and it took a brilliant Ciaran Byrne save to keep the ball out of the Tinryland net before Eire Og also squandered a second bite of the cherry when Evan Kelly hit the upright. Ciaran Townsend then missed a chance to reduce matters before good work by the same player and Dermot McGuill resulted in Diarmaid Walshe scoring Tinryland’s second point of the game in the 9th minute. This score however proved to be Tinryland’s last until the 5th minute of the second half which meant that we went a full 26 minutes without scoring. In that period Eire Og  enjoyed their most productive spell tagging on 6 further points in a six minute spell between the 21st and 27th minutes. This scoring spree was dominated by wing forward Colm Hulton who accounted for four points with midfielder Ronan Lawler and centre back Mark Furey also getting in on the act. Tinryland did have a number of clear cut chances to add to their tally but the Eire Og

defence always seemed to smother the final kick of the boys in blue and white. Tinryland’s best goal chance mid way through the opening half fell to Niall Lowry but the corner forwards shot was saved by YI goalkeeper Craig White who subsequently won the man of the match award. A number of missed chances from open play and dead balls meant that Tinryland trailed on the scoreboard by 0-9 to 0-2 when the half time whistle was sounded .

When the second half began Barry Power was introduced for John Fleming and in the early stages he made an impact setting up Owen O’ Gorman for Tinryland’s 3rd point in the 35th minute and then getting in on the act himself when he blasted over a point in the 42nd minute. Alas this score once again proved to be our last of the half and the game and even though Eire Og failed to score until the 50th minute their blanket defence strategy kept Tinryland at bay and the McKelvie cup was well on the way to familiar territory long before the final whistle. The final 3 points of the game were scored by the winners  via full forward Shane Noonan, Colm Hulton and Adam Murphy to leave the final score Eire Og 0-12 Tinryland 0-4 . Tinryland also introduced Kuba Dobosz, Conall O’Se and Brian Hosey before the end but at the finish we were second best on the day. All the club can do now is regroup for 2014 and at least we can look forward to playing at senior level once again while we should once again be competitive at minor level having won the U16 A championship this season.

Team: Ciaran Byrne, Luc Corcoran, Mark Lawlor, Conor O’Toole, Adam Murphy, Shane Webb, Fiach Byrne, Owen O’Gorman 0-1, Marcus Lawler, John Fleming, Diarmaid Walshe (captain) 0-1, Andrew Hanley 0-1, Niall Lowry, Dermot McGuill, Ciaran Townsend. Subs Barry Power 0-1, Kuba Dobosz, Conall O’Se, Brian Hosey