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Tinryland Minor Footballers qualify for Co. Minor Final with hard fought victory

posted 1 Oct 2013, 10:01 by

By Eamonn Byrne


Tinryland minor footballers had to dig deep into their reserves to qualify for the 2013 Carlow Minor football final in overcoming a gritty Rathvilly side at James Morris Park in Ballon on Monday 30th September. In front of a sizeable attendance under the Ballon floodlights Tinryland really had to work hard against a side that they had easily beaten in the group stages of the competition.

Tinryland were first on the score sheet when lively corner forward Ciaran Townsend slotted over a point within 60 seconds of the throw in. The tally was doubled after another minute when team captain Diarmaid Walshe converted a free and it looked at this stage that the boys in blue and white hoops were in for a comfortable evening.

Nothing could have been further from the truth however and by the 4th minute Rathvilly had opened their account following a bad Tinryland kick out.

The first goal chance occurred in the 8th minute when Niall Lowry put Ciaran Townsend through but the Rathvilly goalkeeper made a great save which resulted in a missed ’45.

Tinryland were then dealt a blow as early as the 10th minute when midfielder Owen O’Gorman suffered a dead leg which forced him to leave the action 6 minutes later. Diarmaid Walshe then steadied the ship with another successful free kick before Andrew Hanly increased our advantage in the 13th minute following more good work by Niall Lowry. One of the scores of the match then followed and it fell to Rathvilly when their wing forward split the posts almost from the sideline. The Wicklow border team then enjoyed a purple spell and within 2 minutes they added another 2 points leaving matters all square 10 minutes before the interval. After a missed free from Diarmaid Walshe  Barry Power replaced the injured Owen O’Gorman and Tinryland then got an inspirational score from Andrew Hanly to put us back in front once again. A Niall Lowry point in the 23rd minute was cancelled out by a Rathvilly point and a Diarmaid Walshe conversion for a foul on Niall Lowry was also matched by  Rathvilly to leave the half time score Tinryland 0-7 Rathvilly 0-6. 

When play resumed the wind which Rathvilly had in the first half died down and 2 quick points from them put them ahead for the first time as suddenly Tinryland looked vulnerable. Ciaran Townsend then took over dead ball duties and he slotted over a superb conversion in the 40th minute to tie matters once again only for Rathvilly to sweep downfield and win another free which was successfully converted. Tinryland then introduced Brian Mullen for Dermot McGuill and Shane Webb for Kuba Debosz and taking inspiration from the fresh legs Niall Lowry scored a superb point to tie the match for the 4th time with 14 minutes remaining. In the 47th minute Shane Webb did not wait long to make an impact and he slotted over the lead score for Tinryland. Rathvilly were then only inches wide with a great goal chance before Shane Webb once again made his mark with a sublime point in the 50th minute which left us ahead by 0-11 to 0-9. The latter score was the product of a great passing movement involving Ciaran Townsend and Diarmaid Walshe. Niall Lowry capped a fine performance by scoring his 3rd point of the evening in the 51st minute and when Ciaran Townsend  drew another foul  Diarmaid converted once again to leave the scoreboard reading 0-13 to 0-9 with 8 minutes remaining. Tinryland were hunting in packs now and the pressure was rewarded with 7 minutes left when Brian Mullen won a penalty which was superbly converted by Tinryland’s inspirational centre back Fiach Byrne. It looked curtains for Rathvilly now as Tinryland were now 7 points in front. Conall O’Se then replaced John Fleming who had a great game and Conall did not wait long to stamp his mark as he scored Tinryland’s final point of the game in the 57th minute. Rathvilly to their credit still kept trying and they were rewarded with a goal deep in stoppage time which left the final score Tinryland 1-14 Rathvilly 1-9.

The final whistle then sounded and Tinryland were in their 7th Co. minor final since 1999. The opposition on Sunday week 13th October in Dr Cullen Park at 2 p.m. will be old rivals Eire og who will provide a stiff challenge as Tinryland will attempt to win the McKelvie cup for the first time.

Tinryland: Ciaran Byrne, Luc Corcoran, Mark Lawlor, Conor O’Toole, Adam Murphy, Fiach Byrne 1-0, Marcus Lawler, Owen O’Gorman, Kuba Debosz, John Fleming, Diarmaid Walshe 0-4 frees, Andrew Hanly 0-2, Niall Lowry 0-3, Dermot McGuill, Ciaran Townsend 0-2 1 free. Subs Barry Power, Brian Mullen, Shane Webb 0-2, Conall O’Se 0-1.