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Tinryland get their S.F.C. campaign off to the best possible start with 3 point win over Palatine

posted 22 Jul 2018, 02:37 by

By Eamonn Byrne

                                 Tinryland 3-8                                        Palatine 0-14

Tinryland senior footballers made a great start to the Michael Lyng motors S.F.C. with a 3 point victory over highly rated Palatine at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday 21st July. Written off by pundits and bookmakers alike Tinryland were freely available at 7/2 and 4/1 with the major bookmaking firms but belied those odds with a scintillating second half display when they turned a 3 point half time deficit into a 3 point lead by the end of the 60 minutes. The men in blue and white got off to a perfect start when midfielder Mark Morrissey slotted home a 2nd minute goal having ghosted in past the Pal defence after  a pin point pass from Niall Lowry. Diarmaid Walshe slotted over a 4th minute point but this was to be Tinryland’s last score for 25 minutes as Palatine proved much more clinical when it came to taking their scoring chances. Tinryland did kick 7 wides during that barren spell but Pal. gradually turned the screw to lead by 4 points before Cormac Walshe reduced the margin to 3 points shortly before referee Jonathon Murphy from St. Mullins sounded the half time whistle. Tinryland had lost defender John Paul Moore to a leg injury mid-way through that first half and he was replaced by Cathal Gaffney. Half time score Palatine 0-8 Tinryland 1-2.

When the second half began it was a completely transformed Tinryland that took the field and after winning the throw in the margin was reduced to 2 points after only 30 seconds when Matthew O’Toole slotted over a well taken point. A Mark Morrissey point in the 34th minute followed by another from Niall Lowry and a pair of converted frees from Paul Broderick saw Tinryland back level by the 35th minute. The game was beginning to change at this stage with Tinryland winning a lot of ball around the middle and by the 40th minute the men from Rathcrogue were back in front after a fantastic goal from Diarmaid Walshe. The Co. player who played a significant role for Carlow this year tagged on another point in the 41st minute and suddenly Tinryland supporters began to dream that a significant win might be on the cards. Palatine however were having none of this and with 10 minutes remaining the men from Cnoc Arda were within striking distance once again having scored 3 unanswered points in a 9 minute spell. Tinryland though were not finished and a brilliant move involving a number of players was finished by team captain John Murphy who capped a very fine performance with a wonderful goal to edge his team 4 points clear once again. Palatine then threw the kitchen sink at Tinryland in an effort to retrieve the situation they found themselves in and excellent defending by the entire Tinryland squad kept the Pal. return to a single point in those closing stages. Tinryland were dealt a blow in those closing minutes when mid fielder Conor Byrne received a harsh enough looking red card after taking down Palatine’s Co. star Conor Lawlor. Many felt that a black card was the correct punishment. Palatine also lost a player shortly afterwards when Jason Kane received his marching orders from the referee who sounded the final whistle immediately after Palatine failed to breach the Tinryland defence one last time in those dying seconds.

Tinryland who play Rathvilly next on August 5th had many heroes on Saturday. Ciaran Byrne in goal made a number of fine saves and he was well supported by the entire defence of Danny Moran, Shane Redmond, John Paul Moore, Rory Doyle, Adam Dunne sub Cathal Gaffney and captain fantastic John Murphy.

At mid field Mark Morrissey and Conor Byrne did an immense amount of work to curtail the Pal engine of Ciaran Moran and Niall Reid. Up front Tinryland had more than one string to their bow and with Paul Broderick being guarded closely throughout he nevertheless opened up the Pal defence and allowed the Walshe brothers Diarmaid and Cormac together with Cian Lawlor, Niall Lowry and  Matthew O’Toole to express themselves freely in that golden second half. Tinryland’s other subs included Glen Doyle and Conor O’Toole who both made a significant contribution when introduced.

Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Danny Moran, Shane Redmond, Adam Dunne, John Paul Moore, John Murphy 1-0, Rory Doyle, Conor Byrne, Mark Morrissey 1-1, Niall Lowry 0-1, Matthew O’Toole 0-1, Cormac Walshe 0-1, Diarmaid Walshe 1-2, Paul Broderick 0-2, Cian Lawlor. Subs: Cathal Gaffney, Glen Doyle, Conor O’Toole.

Non playing subs: Paul Doyle, Peter Hennessy, Conor Ryan, Cian Moore, Ciaran Larkin, Padraic Whelan, Mark Lawlor, Gary Moran, David O’Shea, Keith Jackson