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Murphy inspires amazing Tinryland comeback to draw with Pal after being 13 points down

posted 5 Aug 2015, 01:39 by

By Eamonn Byrne

Tinryland’s 2ndJunior squad staged a remarkable comeback in the J.F.C. (C) preliminary round against Palatine at Pairc Ui Bhrian on Tuesday 4th August having trailed their neighbours by 13 points with 25 minutes of the match remaining. A disastrous opening 7 minute spell left the men in blue and white hoops 10 points down after 3 soft goals were conceded in a 3 minute nightmare spell between the 4th and 7th minutes. Goals from Conor O’Doherty, Eddie McGarry and Cormac Duff left the Tinryland men with a mountain to climb and by the 22nd minute Tinryland were 12 points in arrears and seemed dead and buried. Tinryland’s meagre 1st half tally of 6 points did not reflect the effort the team were putting in. Those first half scores came from Conall O’Se (2), John Murphy from the full back line (2), Conor McGrath and Mick Delaney. At half time with the scoreboard reading 3-7 to 0-6 in favour of the Cnoc Arda team Tinryland mentors made an inspired move switching full back John Murphy into the centre forward position. It seemed to be more of the same in the opening minutes of the 2nd half as Palatine centre back Conor O’Doherty rattled the Tinryland net for the 4th time to give the Bennekerry based team a 13 point lead. John Murphy then started the amazing comeback when he crashed a magnificent goal past Evan Gordan having received a sublime pass from Conall O’Se. Within 60 seconds Murphy repeated the dose in identical fashion and suddenly Tinryland hopes were raised with the Pal lead now down to 7 points and 24 minutes still left to play.

Palatine midfielder Adam Duggan then steadied the Cnoc Arda ship with a great long distance point in the 38th minute before Conor McGrath matched this score with a wonderful point after good work by Tinryland midfielder Peter Hennessy. Tinryland were definitely beginning to get on top at this stage and another John Murphy point in the 41st minute left only 6 points separating the teams. Palatine rallied once again when centre forward Niall Cawley pointed in the 46th minute but amazingly this was to be their last score as Tinryland began to throw the kitchen sink at their neighbours. Another John Murphy point in the 48th minute was followed by 2 successful frees from Conor McGrath and with 4 minutes remaining the Pal lead was down to 3 points. It was all Tinryland now and within 30 seconds points from Mick Delaney and a beauty from McGrath left only the minimum separating the teams with both sets of supporters and mentors looking at their watches.

With almost the last passage of play the Tinryland comeback was completed when man of the match John Murphy lofted over the equaliser to cap a magnificent individual performance by himself and a great show of guts by the entire panel of just 17.

Apart from the magnificent Murphy Tinryland had outstanding other performers in fellow minors Peter Hennessy, Conor McGrath, Killian Maher Conor Ryan together with goalkeeper Colm Nolan, Conall O Se and Adam Dunne. Right on the stroke of full time a palatine player was given a straight red card by referee Billy Fanning. Final score Tinryland 2-15 Palatine 4-9. The replay will probably take place in the next week or so and it should be another great occasion for the followers of both teams.   

Tinryland: Colm Nolan, Conor Ryan, John Murphy 2-5, Niall Fitzpatrick, Cormac Kelly, Adam Dunne, Rory Doyle, Peter Hennessy, Conor McGrath 0-5, Eoin Fields, Killian Maher, Cathal Whelan, Conall O’Se 0-3, Dermot McGuill, Mick Delaney 0-2. Subs Alan Byrne, Niall Scully.

Palatine; Evan Gordon, David Barron, James Kehoe, Dylan Cotter, Mark Cullen 0-1, Conor O’Doherty 2-0, Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Adam Duggan 0-1, Sean Dermody 0-1, David Murphy 0-1, Niall Cawley 0-1, Paud O’Dwyer, Eddie McGarry 1-0, Conor Reynolds 0-1, Cormac Duff 1-2.