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Leighlinbridge too strong for Tinryland in S.F.L. Division 5

posted 6 Apr 2016, 02:27 by

By Eamonn Byrne                      

Leighlinbridge proved too strong for Tinryland in the 2nd round of division 5 played in Rathcrogue on Tuesday 5th April.  The All Black’s ability to conjure goals at crucial times was a major factor in their victory over the home sides 3rd squad. It was Tinryland who were first on the scoresheet when Brian “Beano” Mullen converted a free after 6 minutes.  Conor Darcy replied with a point from play for Leighlin before “Beano” edged Tinryland ahead once again after good play by Dean Farrell. Will Kearney then split the Tinryland defence wide open to score Leighlin’s first goal in the 11th minute and after Alan Quinn had increased his sides advantage with a point Leighlin found themselves 7 points clear by the 17th minute with a great goal scored by Jack Townsend. Kearney increased the Leighlin lead with another point before towering Barry Power rattled the All Black’s net in the 19th minute after great play involving Brian Mullen and Garry Scully. Tinryland’s goal had a let off 60 seconds later before Joe Byrne and Conor Nolan increased the Leighlin advantage on the approach to half time with well worked points. The first half ended on an encouraging note for Tinryland when wing forward Killian Maher lobbed the Leighlin goalkeeper Christy Kearney to leave the scoreboard reading Leighlinbridge 2-6 Tinryland 2-2 when referee Brian Deering sounded the half time whistle.

The second half was only 60 seconds old when Leighlin won a penalty and after the initial shot from Conor Darcy hit the upright the same player made no mistake with the rebound which put his team 7 points clear once again. One minute later Darcy was again on target and his goal virtually killed this game as a contest. Tinryland remained competitive at this stage and two points from their best player Dean Farrell left 8 points separating the sides heading in to the final quarter. This was as good as it got however and Leighlinbridge cruised to the finish with further points from Christy Canavan, Will Kearney. Final score Leighlinbridge 4-11 Tinryland 2-4. Tinryland will be back in action at home to Clonmore 7.15 p.m. on Tuesday next 12th April.

Tinryland: Michael Delaney, Sean Regan, Joey Ryan, Paddy Byrne, Garry Scully, John Whyte, Eoin Fields, Alan Kirwan, Dean Farrell 0-2, Cathal Whelan, John Jackson, Killian Maher 1-0, Brian Mullen 0-2, Barry Power 1-0, Alan Byrne.