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Palatine too strong for Tinryland in opening round of Carlow S.F.C.

posted 4 Aug 2017, 09:10 by tinrylandpro@hotmail.com

By Eamonn Byrne

Palatine the champions for the past two years showed that they are one of the favourites for the three in a row when they overcame neighbours Tinryland in the opening round of the Michael Lyng Motors Carlow S.F.C. at Netwatch Cullen Park on Thursday 3d August. The defending champions were never headed in this lively encounter after corner forward Conor Crowley opened their account in the 3rd minute. Further points from Conor Reynolds and Niall Reid gave the Cnoc Arda men a 3 point lead by the 6th minute before Padraig Townsend opened Tinryland’s account in the 7th minute with a point .Jamie Kenny then increased Pal’s lead before a 12th minute point from James McGrath reduced the defecit to 2 points entering the half way stage of the first half. The key score of the half then arrived after a breakdown in the middle and Palatine Co panellist Shane O’Neill took full advantage to crash the ball to the Tinryland net to give the Co. champions a 1-4 to 0-2 lead by the 19th minute.To their credit Tinryland settled down and tagged on 4 points before the interval with 2 excellent Matthew O’Toole points consolidated by ones from Niall Lowry and James McGrath. Palatrine too added on a pair of points before referee David Hughes sounded the half time whistle with Shane O’Neill and David Reid the scorers. Half Time Score Palatine 1-6 Tinryland 0-6.

The second half began with Tinryland on the attack but two wides from keith Jackson and james McGrath was all they could show for their efforts and it was Palatine that were first on the scoreboard when former Tinryland player Stephen O’Reilly pointed in the 32nd minute. 3 quick points from Shane O’Neill (2) and David Reid put daylight between the sides by the 40th minute before a wonderful Conor O’Toole goal in the 40th minute after good play by Conor Byrne, Niall Lowry,and Shane Redmond gave Tinryland a lifeline and only 4 points separating the sides with 20 minutes remaining. Palatine were next on the scoreboard with another Shane O’Neill point and when the same player pointed in the 45th minute Tinryland’s task was becoming difficult once again. Jack Brennan for Pal and Niall Lowry for Tinryland then traded points before Palatine virtually wrapped up the points with a Jason kane goal in the 48th minute. From there to the finish palatine were content to protect their lead but to their credit Tinryland never stopped trying and added on 5 further points courtesy of Niall Lowry, sub Glen Doyle, James McGrath, Matthew O’Toole and Padraig Townsend. Pal scored two points in those final flourishes with sub Lee Gordon and wing forward DReid helping the Co. champions and 2017 favourites to a 2-15 to 1-13 victory.

Tinryland will now play Mount Leinster rangers in the next round of the championship on 12th or 13th August and it is hoped to have some of the injured players available for this tie and against Old Leighlin at the end of the month.

Tinryland: Trevor O’Reilly, Danny Moran, Conor Byrne, Cian Lawlor, Conor McGrath, Shane Redmond, Rory Doyle, Keith Jackson, Peter Hennessy, Matthew O’Toole 0-3, Padraig Townsend 0-2, Conor O’Toole 1-1,  Niall Lowry 0-3 ,Cormac Walshe, James McGrath 0-3. Subs John Paul Moore, Shane Webb, Cian Moore, Glen Doyle 0-1, 

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