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Tinryland Minors get back to winning ways in Carlow M.F.C.

posted 7 Jul 2015, 10:38 by
By Eamonn Byrne

Tinryland minors got back to winning ways in this year’s M.F.C. when they accounted for a decent St. Andrew’s side in McGrath Park on Monday 6th July. Having suffered a reverse at the hands of Rathvilly in the opening round the previous week it was important for the title holders to win this game and they delivered a productive hour’s football against one of the better teams in this year’s title race. In the early stages St Andrew’s goalie Keith Hickey brought off a great save to deny Tinryland a certain goal and taking heart from this the home side raced down to rattle the Tinryland net with a cracking goal from full forward Martin Mullins. Tinryland’s response was positive and good work by Conor McGrath and Ciaran Larkin saw the latter open the account for the boys in blue and white. Further good play by Bradleigh Nolan resulted in another Larkin point in the 5th minute and sixty seconds later the equaliser arrived courtesy of centre back Cathal Gaffney after more good play by Conor McGrath. Tinryland then edged ahead in the 7th minute when wing backs Fionnan Burke and Rory Doyle linked up well with corner forward Conall Dunne who duly raised a white flag at the town end of McGrath Park.  With the advantage of the strong breeze St. Andrew’s remained competitive and they were back on level terms by the 8th minute when centre forward Liam Galway converted a free. Six minutes then passed without a score from either side before Niall Lowry converted a free for Tinryland won by corner forward Dean Dunne. Darren Crooks then levelled matters once again when he converted a ’45 before Niall Lowry won a kick out at the town end and slotted over the lead point in the 20th minute. More good play by two of Tinryland’s best players Fionnan Burke and Conor McGrath resulted in another Conall Dunne point and by the 22nd minute Tinryland had pulled 3 points clear following another Ciaran Larkin beauty following great play by Conor McGrath and centre forward Keelan Gaffney. Ciaran Larkin then extended the advantage to 4 points in the 23rd minute following good work by Dean Dunne and Rory Doyle before Bagenalstown’s lively corner forward Jamie Clarke made it a 3 point game once again 5 minutes before the interval. With 3 minutes left before the half time whistle Conall Dunne scored a super goal for Tinryland after great play involving Rory Doyle, Cathal Gaffney and Bradleigh Nolan and the first half proceedings were brought to a close when Liam Galway slotted over a point for St. Andrew’s on the stroke of referee Enda Hultons whistle. Half time score Tinryland 1-9 St. Andrew’s 1-5.

The second half was only 2 minutes old when Liam Galway reduced the gap to 4 points when he converted a free conceded by Conor McGrath but this score would be the home sides last for a full 20 minutes as Tinryland went through the gears scoring 6 points without reply between the 40th and 50th minutes. Two quick points in the 40th minute by the impressive no 11  Keelan Gaffney were followed by 2 successful frees from Niall Lowry in the 41st and 44th minutes and when Conor McGrath slotted over another point in the 48th minute Tinryland began to look comfortable with a nine point advantage. Tinryland then began to empty the bench introducing Cormac Kelly into the fray first, followed by Gavin Power, Odhran Keenan, Cuan Burke and Lee Kane. The Tinryland account was then closed by Ciaran Larkin who scored his 5th point from play as St Andrew’s tagged on 2 consolation points in the closing stages from one of their best players Jamie Clarke.

Final score Tinryland 1-15 St. Andrew’s 1-7. Best for Tinryland who will be at home to Fenagh on Monday 27th July were Fionnan Burke, Rory Doyle, Niall Lowry, Conor McGrath, Keelan Gaffney Ciaran Larkin and Conall Dunne.

Team: Ciaran Byrne, Dylan Byrne, John Murphy, Conor Ryan, Fionnan Burke, Cathal Gaffney 0-1, Rory Doyle, Peter Hennessy, Niall Lowry 0-4, Conor McGrath 0-1, Keelan Gaffney 0-2, Ciaran Larkin 0-5, Conall Dunne 1-2, Bradleigh Nolan, Dean Dunne. Subs: Cormac Kelly, Gavin Power, Odhran Keenan, Cuan Burke, Lee Kane.