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Mount Leinster Rangers deny Tinryland opening win in Michael Lyng Motors Carlow S.F.C.

posted 27 Jul 2015, 02:03 by tinrylandpro@hotmail.com

By Eamonn Byrne

Recently crowned Carlow Senior Football league champions Mount Leinster Rangers proved too strong for a depleted Tinryland in the opening round of this year’s Carlow S.F.C. played at Netwatch Cullen Park on Sunday 26th July. The South Carlow dual club showed the benefit of their recent hurling championship matches and their two games with Old Leighlin in the league final to prevail over last year’s semi-finallists by 4 points. Tinryland were down 7 players from their last championship appearance in last season’s semi-final with Rathvilly and the absence of Co. men Paul Broderick and Shane Redmond together with players such as Jeff Sutton, Padraig Townsend, John Paul Moore, Evan Doyle and Richie Whyte definitely weakened the challenge from the men in blue and white hoops. Rangers were fastest out of the traps and the Tinryland goal had a charmed existence when the eventual winners missed 3 gilt edged goal chances through a combination of poor finishing and good defending by Tinryland full back Mark Dempsey who saved a certain goal after only 2 minutes had been played. The opening score eventually came in the 6th minute when M.L.R. midfielder Eddie “Feathers” Byrne converted a free which was cancelled out 60 seconds later when Diarmaid Walshe opened Tinryland’s account after good play by Mark Dempsey and Cathal O’Toole. Eddie Byrne who was having a stormer at mid-field regained the lead for Rangers in the 10th minute before Diarmaid Walshe replied once again for Tinryland after good work from the O’Toole brothers Conor and Cathal. Rangers were then dealt a blow as early as the 14th minute when corner back Padraig Bambrick received a black card for a foul on Mark Lawlor. Glen Doyle then missed a 45 before he made up for the miss seconds later when he slotted over the lead point after receiving a pass from Cian Moore. In the 23rd minute Paul Cody levelled matters once again as minor player Ciaran Larkin was introduced into the fray replacing Mark Lawlor. Tinryland then enjoyed their most productive spell scoring 3 points via Cathal O’Toole, Glen Doyle and Diarmaid Walshe to stretch into a 3 point lead 3 minutes before half time. The closing stages of the first half saw Rangers claw back 2 points from a free and a 45 via Eddie Byrne to leave the half time score Tinryland 0-6 Mount Leinster Rangers 0-5.

When play resumed it was Rangers once again who were fastest out of the blocks and the sides were level within 40 seconds of the throw in when Eddie Byrne converted another free. After Diarmaid Walshe was wide with a free at the other end Rangers regained the lead when the lively Chris Nolan slotted over a point in the 34th minute. A bizarre period of play then followed as Cian Lawlor who had been on the field of play for only 45 seconds having replaced Niall Barrett received what appeared to be a harsh black card from referee Paud O’Dwyer. Things got worse for the men in blue and white seconds later when a superb ball over the top by Paul Cody sent Diarmaid Byrne in one on one with Trevor O’Reilly and the Tinryland goalie had no chance with the M.L.R. full forwards low shot to the net. Minor player Niall Lowry then replaced Cian Lawlor as Tinryland went in search of a score to reduce the 4 point gap. That score duly arrived in the 43rd minute when Diarmaid Walshe intercepted a Rangers line ball and slotted the ball into an empty net to leave the minimum between the sides with 15 minutes left. John Dwyer was then introduced for Keith Jackson but rangers hit back almost immediately when the recently introduced hurling star Kevin McDonald crashed the ball to the Tinryland net to stretch his team’s advantage back out to 4 points. Tinryland hit back quickly though when Conor Byrne passed to Cormac Walshe who rifled over a point to leave only a goal separating the sides with 6 minutes remaining. Diarmuid Byrne then pointed for the winners as paul Doyle replaced Cian Moore. Another rangers point from Willie Hickey stretched the Rangers advantage to 5 points before a mini rally from Tinryland yielded 2 points from Diarmaid Walshe and a late consolation score from Ciaran Larkin who certainly made an impact in his first senior championship game. Final score Mount Leinster Rangers 2-10 Tinryland 1-9. 

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