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Tinryland hold out for victory against Co. champions in S.F.L. thriller

posted 3 May 2013, 01:40 by

By Eamonn Byrne 

Tinryland senior footballers got the clubs 125 year celebrations off to a good start when they defeated Eire Og by the minimum margin in a fast moving game played in perfect conditions on Thursday 2nd May at Rathcrogue. With the new pitch which will be officially opened by the GAA President on Saturday looking in pristine condition Tinryland were once again quick to start. In the opening minute Matthew O’Toole opened our account following brilliant interplay between Cian Lawlor, Danny Moran, Glen Doyle and Ian Scully. Sixty seconds later it almost got even better when Garry Morrissey who won primary possession delivered a great pass to Ian Scully but it took a brilliant save from YI keeper Ricky Keating to deny the Tinryland full forward a certain goal.

Tinryland continued to dominate these early stages and a great Cathal O’Toole point in the 3rd minute was the result of another fine passing movement involving Mark Dempsey and Paul Doyle. By the 5th minute Tinryland had stretched their advantage to three points courtesy of Matthew O’Toole once again following more good work involving stand in goalkeeper David Townsend, Danny Moran, Ian Scully and Matthew’s brother Cathal.

The expected Eire og response finally arrived in the 8th minute when Darragh O’Brien slotted over their opener from a free following a great catch by Murtough Ware.

Tinryland responded with another Ian Scully successful conversion following a foul on the lively Danny Moran but this score was matched almost immediately by a Simon Rea point for the town team. By the 12th minute the minimum separated the teams after Cormac Mullins slotted over a point but following a foul on Jeff Sutton, Ian Scully stretched the Tinryland lead to 2 points once again. Eire og then enjoyed a productive spell that yielded a hat trick of points in a five minute period from Darragh O’Brien and full forward Keith Hession (2) to leave the scoreboard reading 0-6 to 0-5 in their favour by the 20th minute. Matthew O’Toole who played well throughout scored his 3rd point following good play by John Paul Moore and Mark Dempsey and not to be outdone brother Cathal added another in the 26th minute after a passing movement with Ian Scully, Michael Mullen and Paul Doyle. More good play from Cathal O’Toole and Michael Mullen resulted in another Scully point in the 27th minute before Eire Og’s

Cormac Mullins left the half time scoreboard reading 0-8 to 0-7 in Tinryland’s favour.

When play resumed Niall Barrett had replaced Paul Doyle and within 3 minutes the sides were locked together again after an Alan Callinan point for Eire Og. Tinryland’s response was swift however and excellent play from Glen Doyle and Garry Morrissey resulted in another free won by Danny Moran which was converted by Ian Scully. Diarmaid Walsh then replaced the injured Michael Mullen and Ian Scully converted another free for a foul on himself following more good play by Matthew O’Toole. Tinryland were in full flight now and 2 excellent points from Diarmaid Walsh in the 16th and 22nd minutes stretched our advantage to 4 points. The latter point was the result of a superb catch by Glen Doyle to win primary possession. Eire Og are never beaten until the final whistle however and a goal from Rea with 4 minutes remaining meant that Tinryland supporters would be biting their nails until the long whistle. Tinryland’s response to that score was swift with Ian Scully capping one of his finest performances in the Tinryland jersey with another superb point to leave us ahead by 2 points with 3 minutes remaining. A point from Eire Og  sub Ronan O Brien in the 29th minute left the minimum separating the sides once again but the Co. champions were now coming at Tinryland in waves and they had 2 clear cut goal chances which could have spelt disaster for us. The defence however held firm with Cian Moore, Conor Byrne Mark Dempsey and Danny Moran doing their best to stem the tide and after an eternity of stoppage time referee John Hickey finally sounded the long whistle much to the delight of the large Tinryland support. Final score Tinryland 0-13 Eire Og 1-9. Tinryland have only dropped one league point so far this season after 4 games and the team will be back in action on tomorrow Saturday 4th May when the Fighting Cocks will visit Rathcrogue for the official opening of our Floodlit pitch with more league points at stake.

Team: David Townsend, Cian Lawlor, Mark Dempsey, Conor Byrne, Danny Moran, Cian Moore, John Paul Moore, Garry Morrissey, Michael Mullen, Glen Doyle, Jeff Sutton, Matthew O’Toole 0-3, Paul Doyle, Ian Scully 0-6, Cathal O’Toole 0-2.

Subs Niall Barrett, Diarmaid Walsh 0-2.