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Rathvilly Minors set a marker for 2015 with a 2 point win in round 1 of the M.F.C.

posted 30 Jun 2015, 09:29 by
By Eamonn Byrne

Rathvilly minor footballers inflicted a second defeat in 2015 on title holders Tinryland in a high quality M.F.C. 1st round game played in Rathcrogue on Monday 29th June.

Having won their league encounter back in April the Wicklow border boys were confident travelling to the home of the league and championship holders and they got off to the perfec...t start when tall full forward Darragh Murphy converted a free given for a foul on centre forward Jake Elliot after only 90 seconds. Tinryland’s response was swift however and after Adam Mullen had won a free the ball was transferred to Killian Maher who laid it off to Keelan Gaffney who passed it to Conall Dunne and the Rathvilly net was rattled after only two minutes of play.

Back came Rathvilly and Martin Cole made it a one point game with an excellent score in the 3rd minute. Good work from Rory Doyle, Keelan Gaffney and a brilliant kick pass from Fionnan Burke resulted in a Conall Dunne point after 6 minutes before Rathvilly regained the lead with a goal from Martin Cole after a free delivered by Darragh Murphy was not dealt with by the Tinryland rearguard.

Corner forward Conor Doyle then extended the Rathvilly lead with a long range point in the 10th minute before Niall Lowry stepped up to convert a free in the 12th minute to leave only the minimum between the sides. Sixty seconds later the sides were all square once again when Conall Dunne slotted over another Tinryland point after great work by wing forward Keelan Gaffney who was having a good game for the boys in blue and white. Superb play from Tinryland’s other wing forward Conor McGrath resulted in a point scored by himself in the 14th minute before matters were squared once again when Rathvilly’s Brian Smith slotted over the equaliser after poor defensive play by Tinryland.

Ten scores in the first 15 minutes ensured that this game played in breezy conditions was a real championship affair but there was no other score for the next 7 minutes despite Rathvilly having two clear cut chances from frees which were sent wide by Darragh Murphy. In the 22nd minute a powerful save by Tinryland goalkeeper Ciaran Byrne denied Rathvilly full forward Murphy a certain goal before Tinryland missed two frees in the swirling breeze via Niall Lowry. The closing stages of the opening half saw Peter Hennessy slot over the lead point for the home team before Eoin O’Connor Byrne converted a free for Rathvilly in the 29th minute to leave the half time scoreboard reading Tinryland 1-5 Rathvilly 1-5.

When Ballon referee Billy Fanning restarted proceedings the home side were stunned within 40 seconds when Rathvilly sliced open the Tinryland defence with a goal out of the top drawer scored by Colin Byrne. It got even better for the visitors 60 seconds later when Michael Kelly extended the Rathvilly lead with another point but Tinryland’s response was positive and their best player Conall Dunne scored a superb goal in the 33rd minute after a great pass from Niall Lowry.

Cormac Kelly then replaced Peter Hennessy but another successful free from Darragh Murphy in the 38th minute was followed by more of the same from the full forward who scored two more points in the 41st and 45th minutes which extended the Rathvilly lead out to 4 points with 15 minutes to play. Tinryland knew they were in a game now and a few positional changes saw full back John Murphy move outfield with Niall Lowry moving into the half forward line. Tinryland were thrown a life line with eleven minutes remaining when Conall Dunnes attempt for a point hopped over the Rathvilly goalies head and it was game on once again. Seconds later Niall Lowry had a gilt edged chance to regain the lead for Tinryland but his shot hit the upright before Conall Dunne levelled matters for the 4th time with a great point after more good play by Fionnan Burke.

Both sides then went after the winner but it was Rathvilly that proved successful in the latter stages scoring points in the 25th and 30th minutes via Martin Cole and Darragh Murphy to take the spoils and set down a serious marker for the 2015 Carlow M.F.C.


Final score Rathvilly 2-11 Tinryland 3-6.

Tinryland had excellent players in John Murphy, Conor Ryan, Fionnan Burke, Niall Lowry, Keelan Gaffney and Conall Dunne who scored 3-3.

Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Dylan Byrne,John Murphy, Conor Ryan, Fionnan Burke, Cathal Gaffney, Rory Doyle, Niall Lowry 0-1, Peter Hennessy 0-1, Keelan Gaffney, Adam Mullen, Conor McGrath 0-1, Conall Dunne 3-3, Killian Maher, Bradleigh Nolan. Sub Cormac Kelly.