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Jubiliant scenes in Dr Cullen Park as Tinryland lift U16 A championship

posted 19 Oct 2013, 09:00 by tinrylandpro@hotmail.com

By Eamonn Byrne

 

There were jubiliant scenes in Dr Cullen Park today Saturday October 19th  when Tinryland in dramatic fashion won the Tile n’Style Carlow U16 football A championship with a late goal by Dean Dunne that would have done justice to any final at any level.

Trailing Eire Og by a single point with 90 seconds of normal time remaining the corner forward crashed the ball to the top corner of the YI net to send the huge Tinryland crowd delirious with the roar from the hoops supporters almost lifting the roof off the Lennon stand. Within seconds Niall Lowry tagged on a point for Tinryland but in true Eire Og fashion the town team never gave up but they had to be satisfied with a point in the dying seconds before referee Pat Murphy sounded the long whistle which brought unbridled joy to the young Tinryland players, their mentors and loyal supporters.

This was a cracking game from start to finish on a greasy pitch made worse by heavy showers during the game on top of the deluge that hit Carlow on the previous day.

The game began with Eire Og’s Colm Hulton slotting over a point from a free in the opening minute. At this stage the town team were taking the game to Tinryland but the Tinryland defence were able to soak up the pressure until the 6th minute when Ross Dunphy doubled the YI account. Tinryland’s opening score came in the 10th minute when captain Niall Lowry converted a 30 metre free. Good defensive work by Fionnan Burke and Bradleigh Nolan and a super catch by Conor McGrath resulted in another Tinryland free which the accurate Niall Lowry converted to leave matters all square mid way through the opening half. Tinryland then hit the front for the first time and after good work from Killian Maher,  Dean Dunne put Tinryland into the lead for the first time in the 16th minute. A brilliant Niall Lowry run through the centre in the 17th minute resulted in a successful free by the same player to stretch our advantage to 2 points. More great defensive work this time from Conor Ryan saw the ball being worked upfield once again and Dean Dunne who had a superb game throughout slotted over another point to leave the score after 20 minutes Tinryland 0-5 Eire Og 0-2.

Eire Og then began to turn the screw in an attempt to close the gap but the Tinryland defence initially refused to yield and some brilliant defending by Fionnan Burke, Conor Ryan and Seamus Curran kept them at bay until Ciaran Murphy eventually broke the grid lock to leave 2 points separating the sides 5 minutes before half time. Eire Og tails were up now and they finished the first half on a high scoring two points via Jody Murphy and Craig Snoddy to leave the scores all square at 5 points each when the half time whistle was blown.

Tinryland management team made a change at half time introducing Conall Dunne into the fray but it was Eire og who opened their 2nd half account when sharpshooter Colm Hulton converted a free kick. More outstanding defensive work by man of the match John Murphy, Conor Ryan and Cathal Gaffney saw the ball back up in the Eire Og half and Conall Dunne made an immediate impact when he equalised with a brilliant point in the 36th minute. Back at the other end a free was conceded which was once again converted by Colm Hulton but matters were all square once again in the 42nd minute when James McGrath who was being closely marked finally broke clear to slot over an important point. Tinryland then began to dominate  with Peter Hennessy at midfield and wing back Dylan Reamsbottom outstanding and by the 46th minute were 2 clear once again following points from Conall Dunne and Dean Dunne. The Tinryland players as asked by their manager Martin Doyle now began to work like trojans and a brilliant interception by Ciaran Larkin was an example of their commitment to winning this match. Eire Og   finally got a great chance of a goal with 10 minutes remaining but like he did in last weeks minor final Ciaran Byrne made another outstanding save to rescue matters for his team. Not to be deterred Eire Og continued to press and they were rewarded by 2 points in the space of 60 seconds from Colm Hulton (free) and Kelvin Corcoran to leave the scoreboard reading 9 points each with 6 minutes remaining.

The town team continued to seek the winning point and when Colm Hulton pointed with 5 minutes left Tinryland’s supporters hearts sank a little. As the clock ticked Tinryland strived for the equaliser but it was Dean Dunne who had the bravery to go for the goal and his screamer with 90 seconds left will go down in the annals of the club history. The insurance point then came via captain fantastic Niall Lowry and despite Eire Og’s late point the U16 cup was on the way to Rathcrogue where no doubt a lemonade or two will be drank to toast this great band of players and their team management of Martin Doyle, Nicky Ryan, David Larkin, Richie McGrath and Johnny Nolan. Final score Tinryland 1-10 Eire Og 0-11 

Team: Ciaran Byrne, Bradleigh Nolan, John Murphy, Conor Ryan, Fionnan Burke, Cathal Gaffney, Dylan Reamsbottom, Peter Hennessy, Niall Lowry 0-4, Ciaran Larkin, Killian Maher, Conor McGrath, Dean Dunne 1-3, James McGrath 0-1, Seamus Curran.

Sub Conall Dunne 0-2.                        

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