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U17 Football Tinryland V St Martins

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Tinryland v St. Martins 18/3/19

 By David Byrne

Tinryland opened their U17 Championship by hosting St. Martins on an afternoon perfect for football. The home side opened the scoring with a fine point by Killian Fagan after some excellent interplay by the forwards. St. Martins quickly equalised and then took the lead as the home defence took a while to settle into the game. A second score from Killian Fagan, followed immediately by a point from Paddy Regan moved Tinryland into the lead, but the away side again put over to level the match. A reorganisation in the Tinryland midfield allowed Cormac McElligott to storm up the field on one of his typically powerful runs and blast into the back of the away sides goal. St. Martins defence though stood firm at this stage and began to prevent the normally fast passing of the Tinryland forwards. Then with a quick break from defence, Martins grabbed a point, followed shortly after by a second to pull within one score. Tinryland keeper Daniel Donegan pulled off two wonderful saves to keep the home side in the lead as Martins pushed for scores. As the Tinryland defence began to dominate and get on tip of the away attack, it allowed breaks up field by wing backs Matthew Gleeson and Adam Fennelly which pulled the away team around the field. The final score of the half came from Cormac McElligott as he put over for a point after some patient play as the Tinryland forwards moved the ball waiting for the shooting opportunity.

Half time score Tinryland 1-4 St. Martins 0-5

The first score of the second half went to St. Martins as they attacked straight from the start. As they pushed, the home defenders, led by full back Daire Brophy and Keith Moran in the centre held Martins to a single point. Tinryland, now sensing that there were scores for the taking began to attack at will and from deep, Kian Dooley carrying from corner back began an attack that led to the home sides second goal of the game as Killian Fagan worked a shooting chance and coolly slotted home. Straight from the kick out, Tinryland grabbed another goal, as a mix up in the Martins defence allowed Paddy Regan in to stick the ball in the net. Darragh Brennan, playing at full forward had been a selfless provider for the Tinryland team all game and finally decided to grab a score for himself as he banged over a point. A point for St. Martins kept them in the game but again the home defence kept them at bay and prevented too many scoring chances. Then Martins were awarded a penalty and a chance to close the gap, with the Tinryland keeper in fine form though this was not a certain score and as the penalty hit the post and was scrambled clear the Tinryland players felt it might be their day. With both sides tiring and changes been made from the benches, both defences seemed determined to keep the scoring down as points were traded. The final score of the game came in injury time as Dean Quinlan slipped into the Martins box and blasted into the top corner to grab the fourth goal of the game.

A fine win to open the Championship and a fine performance from the whole squad.

Final score Tinryland 4-9 St. Martins 0-9

Tinryland: Daniel Donegan, Harry Fennelly, Daire Brophy, Mark Mullen, Adam Fennelly, Cormac McElligott(1-2), Matthew Gleeson, Cian Nicholl(0-1), Keith Moran, Michael Hosey, Paddy Regan(1-2), Padraig Thompson, James Hayden, Darragh Brennan(0-1), Killian Fagan(1-3).

Subs: Dean Quinlan(1-0), Cian McCreanor, Jamie Fitzgerald, Cian McGuire, William Walsh, Eoghan Moore, Joe Regan, Johnny Brennan , Kian Dooley