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Honest performance from Tinryland in S.F.L. Division 3 despite first defeat

posted 22 Apr 2016, 10:10 by

By Eamonn Byrne

Despite losing their unbeaten record in Division 3 an understrength Tinryland Junior (A) team turned in an honest performance against Rathvilly in Fr. Ryan Park on Thursday 21st April.

On an ideal evening for football which began with a minutes silence for Kayleigh Delaney who had been laid to rest in Tinryland cemetary earlier in the day the home team secured their victory with an impressive first half performance. Early goals from Robert Ryan and Brian Smith gave Rathvilly a lead they never lost after Alan Kirwan had briefly given Tinryland an early advantage with a cracking goal following an interception by Niall Barrett and good play by Cathal Gaffney. At one stage in that first half Rathvilly led by 8 points following a succession of well worked points from Brian Smith, Gary Smith, Pat Byrne and Conor Owens who was the tormentor in chief to the hoops defence throughout this enjoyable game. Tinryland just about stayed in contention at this stage by scoring some fine points themselves via Killian Maher, Alan Kirwan, Padraic Whelan and Conor McGrath. Half Time score Rathvilly 2-8 Tinryland 1-5.

A strong interval talk from the management team of Niall Barrett, Richie McGrath and John Farrell resulted in a determined Tinryland facing the Village goal end for the 2nd half.  After a scoreless 7 minutes Padraic Whelan and Kevin McCall for Rathvilly traded points before Gary Smith extended the home team’s advantage back out to 7 points with 20 minutes remaining. Padraic Whelan who had a good game throughout then threw Tinryland a lifeline when he rattled the Rathvilly net in the 41st minute following good play by Conor McGrath before Rathvilly replied with a point from Conor Owens. Tinryland then threw the kitchen sink at Rathvilly led by a superb half back line of Shane O’Neill, Adam Mullen and Cathal Gaffney as Joey Ryan was introduced into the action for Jack Lowry.

Two further points from Whelan the latter after great play by Niall Barrett and Gregg Murphy left only one goal separating the sides and Rathvilly suddenly had a fight on their hands. Owens then gave them breathing space with a point at the other end before Padraic Whelan converted a free with 3 minutes remaining. Alan Kirwan had a gilt edged chance of a goal at this stage but his shot was inches wide of the net. Rathvilly then added on two further points before Conor McGrath closed the Tinryland scoring with a point on the stroke of full time. Final score Rathvilly 2-15 Tinryland 2-11.

Tinryland are still very much in contention for a place in the division 3 semi-final and they next play Eire Og on Thursday next 28th April in Rathcrogue at 7.30 p.m. Following that game the team is at home to Leighlinbridge on Thursday 5th May with the final group game away to league leaders Ballon on Thursday 12th May. Outstanding for Tinryland against Rathvilly were Adam Dunne, Cathal Gaffney, Shane O’Neill, Adam Mullen, Conor McGrath, Padraic Whelan and Gregg Murphy.

Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Jack Lowry, Adam Dunne, Dermot McGuill, Cathal Gaffney, Shane O’Neill, Adam Mullen, Peter Hennessy, Conor McGrath 0-2, Alan Kirwan 1-1, Killian Maher 0-1, Ciaran Larkin 0-1, Padraic Whelan 1-6 3f, Gregg Murphy, Niall Barrett. Sub: Joey Ryan.