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Hosey goals before half time lay the foundations for shock Tinryland win

posted 17 Aug 2017, 11:33 by

By Eamonn Byrne

Two cracking goals from Tinryland wing forward Eoin Hosey just before half time laid the foundations for a shock Tinryland win against Kildavin-Clonegal in the Talbot Hotel J.F.C. (B) at McGrath Park on Wednesday 16th August. After shipping a heavy defeat to Naomh Eoin 7 day’s previously few expected Tinryland’s 3rd squad to progress further in this year’s B championship having won the J.F.C. (C) in 2016. The Wexford border side were first on the scoreboard with a point from full forward Richard Byrne after only 60 seconds and when centre forward Liam McMullen doubled their account in the 5th minute the handful of Tinryland supporters present were probably expecting another heavy defeat. How wrong we all were as the men in blue and white got the bit between their teeth over the next 20 minutes to produce some wonderful football with some great scores thrown in. Tinryland’s account was opened in the 12th minute with a great point with his left foot from centre back John Whyte after good play by Luke Fleming and the returning Conall O’Se who both worked their socks off in this game. In the 18th minute full forward James Murphy slotted over another gem of a point to level matters and by the 20th minute Tinryland had edged ahead with a Conall O’Se beauty as Kildavin-Clonegal suddenly realised they had a fight on their hands. Both teams had numerous goal chances in the latter stages of the opening half but it was Eoin Hosey who produced the goods with two cracking individual goals in the space of 60 seconds that changed the pattern of the game. In both cases the diminutive minor player took on the entire Kildavin defence and using his lightning speed he rattled Keith Coleman’s net to give Tinryland a half time advantage of 2-3 to 0-2.  

After a good team talk at half time Tinryland came out for the 2nd half with all guns blazing with Tom Nolan entering the fray as a half time sub. After 2 minutes another James Murphy point extended the lead to 8 points as Kildavin suddenly got their 2nd wind. An Aaron Dobbs point in the 35th minute signalled the Kildavin revival and further points by Gavin Byrne 39th minute, James Kavanagh 42nd minute, Gavin Byrne 45th minute and by Liam McMullen in the 53rd minute reduced the margin to 3 points with five minutes remaining. Tinryland were under the cosh now and it took a great save from goalkeeper Mick Delaney to keep us ahead as Martin Boland slotted over another point for Kildavin-Clonegal with 2 minutes left. Wonderful defending by Adam Nolan, Sean Kirwan, Alan (Benson) Byrne together with Gary Scully, John Whyte and Luke Fleming kept Kildavin at bay and the siege was lifted in the 59th minute when Tinryland scored their second point of the half via Conall O’Se who certainly made an impact in his first game back. The midfield of Niall Bermingham and Alan Kirwan also put in a great shift while the star of the show Eoin Hosey was well supported by Conall O’Se, Darragh Townsend, Jason Curran, James Murphy, Bobby Whelan and subs Tom Nolan and Ross Byrne. Final score Tinryland 2-5 Kildavin-Clonegal 0-8.  Tinryland will play their 3rd group game in the J.F.C. B against Eire Og on Wednesday 30th August

Tinryland: Mick Delaney, Adam Nolan, Sean Kirwan, Alan Byrne, Gary Scully, John Whyte 0-1, Luke Fleming, Alan Kirwan, Niall Bermingham, Eoin Hosey 2-0, Conall O’Se 0-2, Darragh Townsend, Jason Curran, James Murphy 0-2, Bobby Whelan. Subs: Tom Nolan, Ross Byrne.

Kildavin-Clonegal: Keith Coleman, James Kavanagh 0-1, Paddy Dunne, Jack Dempsey, Martin Boland 0-1, Eoin Roche, Ger Watchorn, Gavin Byrne 0-2, Joe Roche, Aaron Dobbs 0-1, Liam McMullen 0-2, Billy Murphy, Richard Byrne 0-1, Paddy Furlong, Donnacha Byrne.

Referee Billy Fanning (Ballon)