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Tinryland progress to J.F.C. (C) semi-final after 2 point win over O’Hanrahans

posted 19 Aug 2016, 06:49 by
By Eamonn Byrne 


Tinryland and O’Hanrahans thirds served up a football feast at Pairc Ui Bhrian on Thursday last with the hoops just about shading an eight goal thriller. This was a game that had a lot that is good about gaelic football as both clubs abandoned any notions of blanket defence and instead concentrated on outscoring each other. The Blues edged into a 4 point lead in the opening stages with a point and a goal from wing forward Liam Dempsey. It took Tinryland 13 minutes to register a score but by the 15th minute the eventual winners were 3 points ahead courtesy of goals from Brian Mullen and Barry Power with the latter score by the towering full forward the product of good play by Dean Farrell, John Jackson and Alan Kirwan. O’Hanrahans were enjoying a plentiful supply of possession mainly due to the dominance of Chris Power who worked his socks off throughout and his point in the 19th minute reduced the margin to 2 points in a thoroughly sporting game. Tinryland extended their advantage to 5 points in the 20th minute with another goal from Eoin Fields but the Blues finished the half strongly with a goal and a point from full forward Michael Thompson before referee Jimmy Lawlor sounded the half time whistle. Half Time score Tinryland 3-1 O’Hanrahans 2-3

Tinryland introduced Jason Curran and John Whyte into the fray at half time but it was O’Hanrahans who continued where they left off with a superb Chris Power point and another from corner forward Martin McGrath. Tinryland got going again and after good play by Harry Hennessy and Brian Mullen a green flag was raised after a great conversion by Adam Mullen. Back came O’Hanrahans and full forward Michael Thompson edged his side back in front with a goal in the 36th minute. 60 seconds later the town team looked to be getting on top when Martin McGrath slotted over a point. From the kick out Tinryland attacked and were rewarded with a brilliant goal from Brian “Beano” Mullen after a well worked passing movement involving veteran P.J. Murphy, John Whyte and the lively Dean Farrell. Two minutes later matters were all square when Chris Power pointed for O’Hanrahans but this score was matched by a great point from Dean Farrell who edged Tinryland ahead by one point with 15 minutes to play after more good play by Harry Hennessy. Tinryland went 2 points clear when sub Jason Curran pointed with 13 minutes remaining and after another great point from Dean Farrell with 9 minutes remaining Tinryland now led by a goal. The Blues were not finished yet however and points by sub Josh Byrne and another Michael Thompson beauty left the minimum between the sides entering the last 5 minutes. Tinryland then defended their slender lead as time ticked away and were finally rewarded when one of the best players Brian Mullen slotted over the insurance point before the final whistle was sounded. Final score Tinryland 5-5 O’Hanrahans 3-9. Outstanding for the winners were Harry Hennessy, Paddy Byrne, P.J Murphy, Adam Mullen, Dean Farrell, Eoin Fields and Brian Mullen. O’Hanrahans had excellent players in Terry Jones, Curtis Kilduff, Cameron Lacey, Chris Power, Michael Thompson, Liam Dempsey and Martin McGrath.

Tinryland: Mick Delaney, Alan Byrne, Joey Ryan, Sean Regan, Harry Hennessy, Paddy Byrne P.J.Murphy, Alan Kirwan, Adam Mullen 1-0, Gary Scully, John Jackson, Dean Farrell 0-2, Brian Mullen 2-1, Barry Power1-0, Eoin Fields 1-1. Subs Jason Curran 0-1, John Whyte.

O’Hanrahans: Jesse Shaw, Danny Rea, Mick Kavanagh, Kyle Bowe, Terry Jones, Daniel McGrath, Curtis Kilduff, Jason Kenny, Cameron Lacey, Liam Dempsey 1-1, Chris Power 0-3, Paul Stynes, Michael Power, Michael Thompson 2-2, Martin McGrath 0-2. Subs Robbie Brennan, Josh Byrne 0-1.