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Tinryland bow out of Carlow S.F.C. in Extra time

posted 3 Oct 2012, 11:25 by
By Eamonn Byrne

After gaining an equalising point after 8 minutes of stoppage time Tinryland senior footballers bowed out of the championship in extra time failing to score at all during that period and conceeding 2-4 without reply. It was a dissappointing end to a stop start year that never reached the heights of 2011 when we reached our first Co final.

Last Saturdays game began much better than the drawn game from our point of view. After conceeding an early point to Blues sharpshooter Colm Quigley Paul Broderick opened the Tinryland account after four minutes when he pointed following good work by Cormac Walshe. Cormac Walshe then doubled our tally in the 5th minute and when Robbie Power was fouled in the 8th minute Cormac Walshe slotted over the free to leave the scoreboard reading 3 points to 1 in our favour after 10 minutes. Tinryland midfielder Keith Jackson had 2 great chances to extend the lead but he was wide with both attempts as was the O Hanrahans midfielder Colin Nolan who missed a gilt edged opportunity at the other end. After 14 minutes Blues veteran Mark Carpenter won a free which was duly converted by Quigley and when Carpenter was fouled in the square 60 seconds later Graham Power gladly converted the resulting penalty to put the Blues ahead by the minimum once again. A great Paul Broderick point after 16 minutes was cancelled out by another Collie Quigley free after another foul on Carpenter. The Carlow publican and undertaker then got in on the act himself when he scored a great point following good work by Graham Power before the Blues rattled us with a Gavin Walker goal. We were now down 5 points and after Paul Broderick had scored another point in the 28th minute Keith Jackson scored a gem of a goal on the stroke of half time to leave the interval score at 2-4 to 1-6 in favour of O Hanrahans

The second half was only seconds old when Ray Walker won a free for the Blues which was duly converted by Collie Quigley but one minute later Muzzy Mullen pointed for Tinryland. In the 35th minute Mark Carpenter who was causing havoc in the Tinryland defence slotted over another point before we got a great let off when Trevor O Reilly saved a certain goal from Lee Walker. Another Carpenter point in the 44th minute was matched by a Paul Broderick point from a free and after  Broderick was wide with an attempt in the 47th minute he made amends in the 58th minute with a point which was quickly followed by a successful Evan Doyle free which levelled matters entering the closing stages. One minute later Tinryland regained the lead with a Broderick beauty as the game entered stoppage time. The Blues however never gave up and a great levelling point by Lee Walker left the scoreboard reading 2-8 to 1-11 as referee John Smithers signalled 4 minutes of injury time. The Blues then went in search of the winner and it seemed to arrive in the 35th minute when Quigley pointed a free. It then looked curtains for Tinryland as the referee continued play much to everyones amazement and at last in the 38th minute Paul Broderick grabbed the equaliser to send the game into extra time after Padraig Townsend was fouled. What followed will surely haunt Tinryland players and supporters for many days as the Blues completely dominated the extra time period scoring 2-2 without reply in the first 10 minute period and adding a further 2 points without reply in the 2nd half of extra time. As the dejected Tinryland players trooped off to the dressing rooms Tinryland coach Martin Murphy thanked the players for their efforts during his 3 years in charge and the only thing that can be done now is to look forward to 2013 when hopefully Tinryland can end the 32 year barren spell in search of the Carlow senior football championship.