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Tinryland Seniors show character to draw with Rathvilly in Carlow S.F.C.

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Tinryland Seniors show character to draw with Rathvilly in Carlow S.F.C.

 By Eamonn Byrne

Tinryland senior footballers opened their 2012 Carlow S.F.C. campaign in satisfactory style when sharing the spoils with one of the heavyweights of group A Rathvilly at Dr. Cullen Park on Friday 13th July. A draw was probably a fair result at the end of this entertaining game after both sides had chances to win the full points.

Rathvilly opened their account straight from the throw in but Tinryland were back on terms after 2 minutes when midfielder Keith Jackson pointed after good work by Glen Doyle and Paul Broderick. The Wicklow border side continued to press and some slack marking by the Tinryland defence allowed the team in green and gold to stretch into a two point lead by the 5th minute. Tinryland began to settle down and a Paul Broderick point in the 7th minute reduced the margin to the minimum once again. Tinryland should have scored two more points during this period of play as Keith Jackson shot wide in the 8th minute following impressive interplay with Padraig Townsend and Padraig was also guilty of a bad miss 2 minutes later. Rathvilly’s Brendan Murphy who was trying to play in a number of positions at the same time slotted over another point for his side in the 10th minute but this was quickly replied by Alan Barrett who pointed following good work by Cian Moore, Evan Doyle and Keith Jackson. Tinryland were back on level terms by the 15th minute following a spectacular Glen Doyle point after a great move involving Jeff Sutton and Cian Moore but Rathvilly continued to press and went two clear again with points from Brian Murphy and their most impressive player Garry Dempsey. During this period of play Tinryland introduced minor player Diarmaid Walshe for his brother Cormac  and we could have taken the lead if Evan Doyle’s great goal attempt had not rebounded off the cross bar. The closing stages of the first half saw wing back Conor Byrne who suffered a hamstring injury being replaced by another minor Cian Lawlor and the closing 2 points by Paul Broderick from free kicks left the half time score all square at 6 points each.

Rathvilly continued to apply the pressure on the restart and points from Brendan Murphy and Garry Dempsey edged them 2 ahead once again before Paul Broderick narrowed the margin to the minimum following impressive play by Keith Jackson and Cian Moore.

The game then turned in Rathvillys favour in a 3 minute spell between the 38th and 41st minutes. A Rathvilly point by Dempsey was followed by a goal after 40 minutes following a mix up in the defence and we were left with a mountain to climb when Rathvilly went six points clear with another point in the 41st minute. The management team then quickly introduced Shane O’Neill and John Dwyer and the fresh legs seemed to work the oracle as Tinryland gradually clawed back the defecit. A Paul Broderick  conversion in the 42nd minute was followed by a Cian Lawlor goal in the 44th minute and despite another Rathvilly point with 15 minutes remaining Tinryland were amazingly back on level terms by the 46th minute following another goal scored by Cian Moore. This happened following great work by Jeff Sutton and Glen Doyle who had one of  his best games for Tinryland. It was all Tinryland now and with 10 minutes remaining we took the lead for the first time when Paul Broderick slotted over a free kick. Cathal O’Toole then replaced the injured Cian Moore and Tinryland had a number of chances to wrap up the points but it was Rathvilly who had the final say scoring the equaliser from a free that many people thought was harsh on the boys in blue and white. The final whistle was blown after 3 minutes of stoppage time and both teams seemed happy with the outcome afterwards. Final score 2-9 to 1-12.  Tinryland will play Palatine in the next round of the championship on Sunday 22nd July at Dr Cullen Park with the minors out on this coming Monday away to Eire Og at 7 p.m. The U21 team are due to play the same opposition in Dr Cullen park on this coming Wednesday 18th July.

Tinryland: Trevor O’Reilly, Jeff Sutton, Peter Doran, Niall Barrett, Danny Moran, John Paul Moore, Conor Byrne, Cian Moore1-0, Keith Jackson 0-1, Glen Doyle 0-1, Padraig Townsend, Cormac Walshe, Paul Broderick 0-6, Evan Doyle, Alan Barrett 0-1. Subs Diarmaid Walshe, Cian Lawlor1-0, Shane O’Neill, John Dwyer, Cathal O’Toole.