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Tinryland capture 9th U21 Title in dramatic fashion with 2 injury time points

posted 19 Aug 2017, 12:13 by   [ updated 19 Aug 2017, 12:15 ]

BY Eamonn Byrne

Tinryland won the club’s 9th U21 title in dramatic fashion at Netwatch Cullen Park on Friday last 18th August with 2 stoppage time points after their opponents Rathvilly looked certain to win their 9th title in the 53 year history of the grade. The tag of pre match favourites did not seem to fit comfortably with the Tinryland men as they looked lethargic for much of this game in contrast to their quarter- final and semi- final wins over Fenagh and Palatine.

Despite opening the scoring seconds after the throw in with a point from a Niall Lowry 45 the Tinryland lads had to play second fiddle to the Wicklow border men who seemed intent on shredding the pre match predictions. Rathvilly got back on terms in the 6th minute with a converted free by Darragh Murphy their towering mid-fielder who was a key player throughout this absorbing game. The Tinryland defence came to the rescue on a number of occasions before Rathvilly broke through for a wonderful individual goal scored by corner forward Conor Doyle in the 14th minute. 

Tinryland responded with a successful free from Niall Lowry after a foul on Adam Dunne and when Lowry converted another 45 in the 24th minute Tinryland supporters breathed a little easier. In the closing stages of the first half both teams traded points with Darragh Murphy for Rathvilly converting another free and James McGrath slotting over a Tinryland point in the 27th minute after good play by Rory Doyle. On the stroke of half time Tinryland conceded another free and Conor Doyle extended the Rathvilly advantage to 2 points as referee Frank Fitzpatrick sounded the half time whistle. Half time score Rathvilly 1-3 Tinryland 0-4.

Tinryland came out early for the 2nd half and it was not hard to guess that they had got a stern team talk from the manager Martin Doyle and his assistants Niall Barrett and Paul Kenny. Despite Rathvilly winning the 2nd half throw in it was Tinryland that went on the offensive and they were rewarded with a James McGrath point from a free after a Rathvilly player was found guilty of over carrying. It got even better for the men in blue and white within 2 minutes of the re-start as a James McGrath delivery was fisted to the net by full forward Mark Lawlor to give Tinryland a 2 point lead with 28 minutes remaining. Another James McGrath point in the 35th minute after great play by Fionnan Burke extended the Tinryland lead but Rathvilly replied at the other end with another successful free from Conor Doyle. Superb defending by John Murphy prevented a second Rathvilly goal after a rare poor kick out from Ciaran Byrne but Rathvilly tails were up now and the margin was reduced to the minimum with another successful Conor Doyle free in the 40th minute. Doyle himself won another free for the Wicklow border men in the 43rd minute and Darragh Murphy brought the sides level once again with all to play for. Good play by Peter Hennessy and Cathal Gaffney ended with a Mark Lawlor point with 13 minutes remaining as Tinryland introduced International athlete Adam Murphy for Keelan Gaffney and minor player Ronan Curran for Andrew Hanley. Rathvilly continued to apply pressure and the sides were level for a 4th time when centre forward Ryan Sibbald slotted over a point. It got even better for the Rathvilly men as another free was conceded by Tinryland and Darragh Murphy applied the finishing touches to edge his team ahead once again. Cuan Burke was then introduced into the fray as fresh legs for his brother Fionnan and with time running out Niall Lowry was inches wide with a free which would have levelled the match. The announcer then told us there would be at least 2 minutes of stoppage time but with time almost up John Murphy made a scorching run from the back which resulted in a free which James McGrath duly converted to level matters once again. Everyone in the ground then expected the referee to sound the final whistle but remarkably play continued and to the delight of Tinryland supporters and management another free was won and McGrath gleefully applied the finishing touches to give Tinryland the title with Rathvilly hearts sinking having watched victory turned into defeat in a matter of seconds and giving credence

to the old adage that the game is not over until the final whistle. Final score Tinryland 1-9 Rathvilly 1-8.

Tinryland captain Conor O’Toole then led his team up the steps of the Lennon stand to receive the cup from his dad Cormac the current treasurer of Carlow Co. Board. The celebrations afterwards in the clubhouse will live long in the memory of the team that made history this year by winning a 9th title for the club having won the previous 8 in 1967, 1969, 1978, 1979, 1980, 2003, 2006 and 2015.

Well done to all the panel and their excellent management team. Tigh Raoireann A.B.U. 

Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Conor Ryan, John Murphy, Adam Dunne, Rory Doyle, Cathal Gaffney, Fionnan Burke, Niall Lowry 0-2F, Peter Hennessy, Keelan Gaffney, James McGrath 0-6, 5F, Conor McGrath, Conor O’Toole, Mark Lawlor 1-1, Andrew Hanley. Subs Adam Murphy, Ronan Curran, Cuan Burke. Other panel members Jonathon Curran, Dermot McGuill, Rory Dunbar, Eoin Hosey, John Fleming, Tommy Dunne.

 Rathvilly: Darragh Donnelly, Senan Molloy, Don Colgan, Colin Byrne, Josh Moore, Jay Leonard, Brian Smith, Darragh Murphy 0-4F, Paul Curran, Robbie Ryan, Ryan Sibbald 0-1, Dylan O’Toole, Conor Doyle 1-3, 3F, Conor Owens, Philip Deane. Subs Glen Byrne, Diarmuid Gavin, Ger Kavanagh, Ethan Smith, Dean Cassells, Jake Elliot