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Under-21 Semi-Final vs Palatine

posted 19 Aug 2011, 06:21 by

Tinryland U21 Footballers deliver champagne performance to reach Co. Final

 By Eamonn Byrne

Tinryland U21 footballers are just one hour away from winning the clubs 8th Carlow U21 football championship after an almost faultless display against Palatine in the semi final at Dr. Cullen Park on Wednesday 17th August. Playing a fast and attractive brand of football the boys in blue and white delighted their large number of supporters by following up a great first half by an even better 2nd half that yielded three superb goals out of the top drawer.

Nine different players got on the score sheet on Wednesday and Tinryland were never headed after a superb Cormac Walshe point in the 3rd minute levelled a David Kehoe opener for Pal after only 30 seconds. Further points by Cian Lawlor, Jeff Sutton, Cathal O’Toole, Robbie Power and Matthew O’Toole helped build up a 13 point to 5 point lead at half time. Palatine began the second half in determined fashion scoring their opening point within one minute but two points from Stephen O’Reilly and Padraig Whelan were followed by a superb Cathal O’Toole goal to give Tinryland a 12 point advantage with 20 minutes remaining. Wexford youths soccer star Michael Mullen was then introduced for the injured Cormac Walshe  before Cathal O’Toole slotted over another point which was matched by a David Kehoe one for Pal. The men from Bennekerry then reduced the margin with 3 points from Ciaran Moran, Jason Kane and Tommy Deere but a cracking Robbie Power goal put the issue beyond doubt with 5 minutes remaining and a further goal from the hard working Stephen Reilly put the icing on the cake and ensured that Tinryland will face Naomh Eoin-Miseal in the final on Wednesday next 24th August in Dr Cullen Park. It was a total all round performance from the Tinryland lads with goalkeeper Darren Murphy making two wonderful saves and a superb full back line of Kevin Barrett, Conor Byrne and Luke “Gooch” Doyle snuffing out any danger from the Pal front line. The half back line saw a superb performance from Jeff Sutton who got great support from Cian Lawlor and centre back Matthew O’Toole while at midfield Padraig Whelan had a great game and was well supported by Cormac Walshe until injured.

The forwards were excellent throughout with Robbie Power scoring 1-5, Cathal O’Toole 1-4 and Stephen O’Reilly 1-1 with Jack Lowry notching 0-2 together with great support play by David O’Shea and Alan Kirwin.