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Tinryland and Eire Og must do it all again in Carlow M.F.L. Final

posted 18 Oct 2014, 12:03 by

By Eamonn Byrne

Six days after winning a historic first Carlow minor championship Tinryland minors survived the post final blues against a fresher looking Eire Og in the Carlow M.F.L. final at Dr. Cullen Park on Saturday 18th October. In a competition that saw the league semi- final played 5 months ago Tinryland’s performance was understandable after the high of the Co. final win but at half time it appeared that the McKelvie Cup winners were well on course for the double as they led their town opponents by 1-6 to 0-4.

Only 17 seconds had elapsed when Niall Lowry opened the scoring for the boys in blue and white after the ball was won from the throw in. Tinryland were very sharp at this stage and Andrew Hanley began where he had left off 6 days earlier when he pointed after 1 minute following good work by team captain Conor O’Toole. Eire Og then began to find their feet and midfielder Dean Hayden opened their account with a long range point in the 6th minute. It could have been even better for the YI’s 2 minutes later but the woodwork saved Tinryland from the opening goal of the game. With the wind swirling in all directions corner forward Reece Denieffe levelled matters for Eire Og in the 11th minute and the same player put his team ahead for the first time one minute later when he converted a free that he won himself. Tinryland then enjoyed their best spell in the entire game and between the 15th and 20th minute added 1-4 to their tally with 2 brilliant points from Andrew Hanley the appetiser for a cracking goal from the same player following dominant play from Cathal Gaffney and James McGrath. Further points from James McGrath and Ciaran Larkin after good work by Dean Dunne extended the Tinryland lead to six points and it looked odds on that the double was going to be completed. The first half ended with an Eire Og point from a free by Reece Denieffe to leave the scoreboard reading Tinryland 1-6 Eire Og 0-4.

When play resumed Eire Og were fastest out of the blocks scoring a point within 25 seconds and they were amazingly back on level terms by the 36th minute following a goal from full forward Jack Phelan and another Denieffe point as Tinryland introduced Peter Hennessy into the fray at mid field for Adam Murphy. Niall Lowry then restored the Tinryland lead following good play by Peter Hennessy and Conor O’Toole as the Tinryland defence appeared to be weathering the Eire Og storm with good possession being won by Dylan Reamsbottom, John Murphy, John Fleming and Conor McGrath. Mid- way through the half matters were all square once again when recently introduced sub Craig Snoddy pointed for the town team as Conall Dunne was introduced for Ciaran Larkin.

 A scoring barren spell of 10 minutes then followed with very little chances being created by both sides. The deadlock was finally broken when Eire Og were awarded a free after Tinryland had lost possession and Reece Denieffe had an easy chance to give his team a crucial lead with time ticking away. Now a point in arrears Tinryland went in search of the equaliser with sub Conall O’Se adding pace to the attack and it duly came when Mark Lawlor won a free as play entered stoppage time. James McGrath then took over kicking duties and there was relief among the large Tinryland support when James converted to bring the match to a close and we lived to fight another day. Final score Tinryland 1-8 Eire Og 1-8.

Team: Ciaran Byrne, Fionnan Burke, John Murphy, Dylan Reamsbottom, Conor McGrath, Cathal Gaffney, John Fleming, Adam Murphy, Niall Lowry 0-3, Ciaran Larkin 0-1, James McGrath 0-2,Conor O’Toole, Andrew Hanley 1-2, Mark Lawlor, Dean Dunne. Subs: Peter Hennessy, Conall Dunne, Conall O’Se.