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Gallant Tinryland bow out of S.F.C. after stoppage time winner for Old Leighlin

posted 19 Sep 2016, 06:45 by

 By Eamonn Byrne

Tinryland senior footballers lost out by the minimum margin to 2015 finallists Old Leighlin in an instense Michael Lyng motors Carlow S.F.C. quarter final at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday 17th September. Showing 2 changes from the starting 15 that defeated O’Hanrahans six days earlier the Tinryland line up and playing subs also included almost half of the u21 team that played Eire Og in the Co semi-final 72 hours earlier.

The game began on a positive note for the men in blue and white when Diarmaid Walshe converted a free within 60 seconds of the throw in after an Old Leighlin defender over carried when attempting to clear his lines. The men from Molaise Park were back on level terms within one minute when Seamus Kinsella raised a white flag and they hit the front in the 7th minute with another point scored by Cathal Coughlan. Tinryland were guilty of some sloppy play around this time and they were punished again in the 8th minute when one of Old Leighlin’s best players Hughie Gahan pointed. Tinryland continued to try and narrow the gap but were dealt a blow as early as the 10th minute when centre forward Mark Dempsey was forced to retire with a shoulder injury. Mark was replaced by Glen Doyle who narrowed the Old Leighlin margin to the minimum in the 18th minute with a well struck long distance free. The Tinryland defence was then tested on 2 occassions with goalkeeper Trevor O’Reilly and full back Conor Byrne making last gasp saves to keep the ball out of the net.

There was concern for the Tinryland supporters when Paul Broderick went down injured in the 20th minute while the errors continued to clock up with ball being spilled and possession being lost on more than one occasion.

Old Leighlin were kept scoreless for 20 minutes however and Tinryland got back on level terms in the 27th minute when Diarmaid Walshe scored a great point. Two brilliant scores for both sides then followed with an Old Leighlin point being cancelled by a wonderful Matthew O’Toole one which left matters all square 2 minutes into first half stoppage time. The final act of a low scoring first half was a Cathal Coughlan point for Old Leighlin which left the half time scoreboard reading Old Leighlin 0-5 Tinryland 0-4.

When referee David Hughes restarted proceedings Tinryland had introduced Shane Webb and Cathal O’Toole into the battle and in similar fashion to the first half Diarmaid Walshe successfully converted a free within 60 seconds to put matters all square once again. Disaster then struck when a Tinryland player lost the ball near the Lennon stand side of the pitch and Hughie Gahan punished us in a big way by crashing the ball past the helpless Trevor O’Reilly. Old Leighlin pulled 4 points clear by the 36th minute with a successful Coughlan free as Tinryland attempted to get back into the game with Cormac Walshe making a great catch before Rory Doyle was narrowly wide. Tinryland got back into the game in a big way with a super goal from Matthew O’Toole in the 38th minute just before Mark Lawlor replaced Paul Broderick who was still suffering the effects of his first half knock.

After good play by Danny Moran and the Walshe brothers Diarmaid and Cormac, Cathal O’Toole made his first impact when scoring a great point in the 42nd minute to level the scores once again. Old Leighlin regained the lead mid- way through the 2nd half when Cathal Coughlan slotted over a close in free. Tinryland responded in positive fashion once again when Rory Doyle won a free and his cousin Glen Doyle kicked another great point.  Shane Redmond then made a great catch but it was Old Leighlin who regained the lead when sub Sean Kinsella scored their 8th point with 12 minutes remaining. The Tinryland goal then had another massive let off when Hughie Gahan pointed when it seemed easier to score a goal on a one on one with Trevor O’Reilly. Tinryland then withdrew Rory Doyle who was playing his 4th match in 6 days (So much for player welfare). Rory was replaced by John Murphy who was making his senior championship debut and with 9 minutes remaining Diarmaid Walshe scored a wonderful point after more good work by Matthew O’Toole. Six scoreless minutes then followed before Tinryland were on level terms for the 7th time in this absorbing game when Cian Moore capped a good hour’s work with an absolute brilliant point after great play by the O’Toole brothers Cathal and Matthew. Both sides then went for the winner as the game entered 5 minutes of stoppage time and Diarmaid Walshe had a good chance of snatching the vital score only to see his attempt go wide. Old Leighlin then attacked and Matthew O’Toole was forced into committing a foul which saw him get a black card and Old Leighlin gratefully converted the winner deep into injury time when Seamus Kinsella pointed the resulting free. Referee Hughes then sounded the long whistle as The Tinryland players sank to the turf having given their all in their attempt to reach the Co semi-final. Final score Old Leighlin 1-10 Tinryland 1-9.

All the team and subs can be proud of their efforts this year and when the disappointment evaporates and 2016 is reflected on many will feel that we are not a million miles away from the big prize which has eluded the club since 1981. Roll on 2017.

Tinryland: Trevor O’Reilly, Rory Doyle, Conor Byrne, Danny Moran, Cathal Gaffney, Cian Moore 0-1, Niall Lowry, Shane Redmond, Peter Hennessy, Matthew O’Toole 1-1, Mark Dempsey, Cian Lawlor, Diarmaid Walshe 0-4 3F, Paul Broderick, Cormac Walshe. Subs: Glen Doyle 0-2F, Shane Webb, Cathal O’Toole 0-1, Mark Lawlor, John Murphy, Conor McGrath.