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Tinryland win league points and Andy Murphy Shield in battle of neighbours

posted 28 Mar 2017, 13:30 by

By Eamonn Byrne

Tinryland seniors made a positive start to 2017 when they defeated Co. champions Palatine In round 1 of the S.F.L. division 1 at Rathcrogue on Sunday 26th March. With the Andy Murphy shield also at stake this game was played in ideal conditions and attracted a fine crowd to the venue.

Early exchanges saw Diarmaid Walshe open the scoring for the home side with a point after 60 seconds following good play by John Paul Moore and John Murphy. This score was cancelled out by a Jamie Kenny point for the Co. champions after 4 minutes before Walshe restored his team’s advantage with a point from a free in the 7th minute. The sides were deadlocked again in the 9th minute when Shane O’Neill pointed for Pal and two minutes later the Cnoc Arda men edged ahead for the first time with a Darragh Moran point. Tinryland stayed competitive and a successful free from Cormac Walshe was followed by the first goal of the game from his brother Diarmaid who successfully converted a penalty in the 15th minute following a foul on Keith Jackson. 

Tinryland were denied a second goal in the 19th minute when Palatine goalkeeper Craig Kearney did well to smother a Diarmaid Walshe shot which was destined for the net. The closing stages of the first half saw both sides playing positive football with wonderful scores at each end. Tinryland added 3 points from Diarmaid Walshe, Matthew O’Toole and Padraig Townsend with both sides retiring at the interval on level terms following Palatine points from Jamie Kenny (Free), David Reid  and Paul Reid. Half Time score Tinryland 1-6 Palatine 0-9.   

The second half began with James McGrath being introduced for the home side. In similar fashion to the first half Tinryland were first out of the blocks with a Keith Jackson point following good play by Cormac Walshe and Cathal Gaffney. It got even better for Tinryland sixty seconds later when Cormac Walshe rattled the Palatine net after wonderful play by corner forward Niall Lowry. Another Jackson point in the 33rd minute extended the Tinryland lead to 5 points and it could have been more one minute later only for a brilliant save from Craig Kearney who denied Cormac Walshe another goal.

Kearney then turned poacher when he converted a ’45 to keep Pal in the hunt but the Tinryland lead extended to 7 points by the 37th minute when James McGrath scored a wonderful individual goal after possession was won at the other end by Adam Dunne. 

The Palatine fightback then began with a point from Shane O’Neill followed by a Thomas Kenny point as Tinryland began to empty the bench introducing Glen Doyle, Mark Lawlor, Conor Ryan and Ciaran Larkin into the fray. Palatine were dealt a blow with Jason Kane receiving a second yellow card from referee Cathal McSteen. Another Shane O’Neill point reduced Tinryland’s lead to 3 points before the home side got their second wind with the fresh legs making a difference. The closing stages saw Tinryland consolidate their lead with the icing being applied to the cake by a Ciaran Larkin goal following good play by James McGrath who seems to have put his injury woes finally behind him. Final score Tinryland 4-11 Palatine 0-14.

Tinryland: Trevor O’Reilly, Adam Dunne, Conor Byrne, Cathal Gaffney 0-1, Rory Doyle, John Paul Moore, Cian Lawlor, Keith Jackson 0-2, John Murphy, Conor McGrath, Padraig Townsend 0-1, Matthew O’Toole 0-1, Niall Lowry, Diarmaid Walshe 1-5, Cormac Walshe 1-1. Subs James McGrath 1-0, Ciaran Larkin 1-0, Glen Doyle, Mark Lawlor, Conor Ryan.

Palatine: Craig Kearney 0-1 ‘45, Conor O’Doherty, Conor Crowley, Christopher Parle, Niall Cawley, Stephen Reilly, Jack Brennan, David Reid 0-1, Jason Kane, Paul Reid 0-2, Shane O’Neill 0-4 1F, Tomas Kenny 0-2, Conor Reynolds 0-1, Jamie Kenny 0-2 1F, Darragh Moran 0-1.   Subs: Conor Lawlor