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Minors open their championship campaign on a winning note against Rathvilly

posted 19 Jul 2014, 08:24 by
By Eamonn Byrne

Tinryland minor footballers made a winning start to their championship campaign in round 2 against Rathvilly in Rathcrogue on Wednesday 16th July. After being frustrated by the non- appearance of the referee for last week’s round 1 game in Clonmore the Tinryland lads found Rathvilly tough opponents and the sides were level on 4 occassions in an evenly contested opening half.

Niall Lowry got the ball rolling in the 3rd minute when he successfully converted a free but Rathvilly’s response was quick and clinical as the Wicklow border side had the ball in the Tinryland net in the 4th minute when a high delivery deceived goalkeeper Ciaran Byrne and full back John Murphy helped by the presence of towering Rathvilly full forward Martin Cole. Peter Hennessy for Tinryland and Conor Owens for Rathvilly then traded points before Conall O’Se slotted home Tinryland’s opening goal in the 9th minute after Ciaran Larkin’s goal bound effort was stopped by Rathvilly goalkeeper Darragh Donnelly. Tinryland were creating numerous chances at this stage but Niall Lowry and Conall Dunne were both wide with their efforts and it was the 15th minute before the next score arrived courtesy of Tinryland wing forward James McGrath after good play by centre forward Andrew Hanley. Two quick Rathvilly points from Conor Owens and Ryan Sibbald restored parity by the 20th minute and the sides still were all square five minutes before the break after another trade off of points from Ciaran Larkin for Tinryland and Conor Owens who was proving to be lethal from dead balls for Rathvilly.  In the 26th minute James McGrath restored Tinryland’s lead but more Rathvilly pressure yielded the equalising point once again from impressive midfielder Paul Curran to leave matters all square at half time Tinryland 1-5 Rathvilly 1-5

When play resumed both sides missed chances to take the lead with Conor Owens for Rathvilly missing a handy free and Conall Dunne and Conall O’Se both missing gilt edged goal chances at the other end. Tinryland finally nosed ahead in the 35th minute when Conall Dunne raised a white flag and the home side finally began to find their rhythm at this stage being driven from the half back line by a tremendous performance by Co. minor Conor McGrath. Between the 36th and 41st minutes Tinryland scored 3 unanswered points from Niall Lowry, Peter Hennessy and James McGrath with Peter Hennessy’s effort out of the top drawer following good inter action between himself, James McGrath and Conall O’Se. Good Rathvilly play involving Paul Curran, Robert Ryan and Daniel Crimmons resulted in a point from the latter and when Conor Owens successfully converted another free in the 46th minute only 2 points separated the teams with all to play for. It was Tinryland however who proved the strongest and fittest over the closing 10 minutes. During this period they outscored Rathvilly by 1-6 to 0-1 with goal scorer James McGrath also having the luxury of being able to opt for a point from the penalty spot with 9 minutes left which gave the home side a six point advantage. The closing stages saw Tinryland in total command with James McGrath, Andrew Hanley, Ciaran Larkin and Conall O’Se all keeping the umpire with the white flag busy and Rathvilly’s woes were compounded just before the end when Conor Owens had his penalty attempt saved by Co. minor goalkeeper Ciaran Byrne. Tinryland had outstanding players in goalie Byrne, defenders Bradleigh Nolan, Conor McGrath and Cathal Gaffney together with Ciaran Larkin, James McGrath and Andrew Hanley. Rathvilly who should also make an impact in this championship were best served by defenders Colin Byrne Philip Deane, Michael Kelly, mid fielders Paul Curran and Brian Smith together with lethal forward Conor Owens, Robert Ryan and Martin Cole.

Final score Tinryland 2-15 Rathvilly 1-8

Tinryland will be back in championship action on Bank Holiday Monday 4th August away to St. Andrews but before then they have a date in the league final against old rivals Eire Og at Dr. Cullen Park on Wednesday 30th July.

Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, John Murphy, Cathal Gaffney, Conor McGrath, Adam Dunne, Conor O’Toole, Niall Lowry 0-2, Peter Hennessy 0-2, James McGrath 1-5, Andrew Hanley 0-2, Ciaran Larkin 0-2, Conall Dunne 0-1, Mark Lawlor, Conall O’Se 1-1.

Rathvilly; Darragh Donnelly, Josh Curran, Michael Kelly, Dean Cassells, Gerard Kavanagh, Colin Byrne, Philip Deane, Brian Smith, Paul Curran, Aaron Smith, Robert Ryan, Ryan Sibbald 0-1,   Conor Owens 0-5, Martin Cole, 1-0,Thomas Reilly, Jake Elliot, Daniel Crimmons