Weekly News Roundup - Friday 15 Sep 2000
Tinryland u-14 footballers were defeated 5-9 to 4-9 by Eire Og in one of the best u-4 A C'Ships seen in the Co. Grounds for many years.
However, the scoreline belies the real drama of the game. Tinryland lost a 10pt advantage with nine minutes to go, something that will haunt the players and their many supporters for many years to come. It was shades of Limerick 92' when the players could see the finish line.
Eire Og can never be underestimated and produced a blistering finish, which yielded them a remarkable 3 goals and 1 pt.
Tinryland led by a point 4-9 to 4-8 with two minutes of injury time played. However, a speculative corner kick from Eire Og hopped in the Tinryland square and deceived goalie David O'Neill and ended up in the net.
Mentors John Barrett and Paddy Townsend were given the arduous task of training the u.14s this year. With a limited squad they worked a minor miracle. The team was heavily defeated by Eire Og in the preliminary round but on Saturday gave a magnificent performance in the first half and led at the break by 2-7 to 0-5 against the highly fancied opponents. Eire Og started the better in the 2nd half and soon had the deficit cut to 2-7 to 1-7. However, Tinryland found their rhythm again and by the 24th minute appeared to be home and dry when leading by 4-9 to 2-8. The Eire Og finish left the Tinryland team devastated after their heroic efforts.
To lose two finals Minor and U.14 in the space of six days to the same opponents shows the vagaries of sport. Scorers for Tinryland were Richard Whyte 2-0, John Murphy 1-2, Paul Broderick 0-5, Colm Doran 1-1 and Daniel O'Boyle 0-1.
Lost: While Eire Og were defeating the Tinryland U.14 team on Saturday, their U.10 team came from four points down with five minutes to go, to defeat Tinryland by 4 pts in the Portlaoise U.10 tournament by 2-4 to 1-3. They will meet again in the final of the Maurice Nolan Tournament in late September.
In Lead: St. Abban's Colm Burke won the second leg of the Tinryland Autumn League over foour miles on Wednesday with an impressive time of 20 minutes 50 seconds. Colm stayed with the pack until Ballyloo when he pressed home the advantage and finished 11 seconds clear of Ferns' Tommy McElwaine with Tinryland's Tommy Payne finishing 3rd. Burke is now the clear leader on 2pts with Payne and McElwaine tied on 5pts.
Ladies event: Geraldine Hendricken won the ladies event from Karen Williamson and Ann McGreal. John Joe Murphy leads the V2 section and also took the V2 title over 10k in Luggacurran on Sunday last. The third stage over 4 miles will be held on Wednesday at 7-15p.m sharp. The postponed Carlow men's race will be held in conjunction with this 3rd stage.
Flowers: Jubilee year flower festival in Carlow Cathedral, Thursday, 14th September- Sunday 17th September tells the story of Brigit, Conleth and Laserian.
In Poland: Tinryland athlete Pat Byrne will lead a six-man Irish Army team which will compete in the European army 10k C'Ships in Oscanica, Poland on Saturday. Byrne has previously represented the Army in recent years in such diverse places as Florida, Italy and Belgium.
Ceili & Set dancing: Classes recommence Bennekerry on Thursday, September 21 at 8 pm sharp. Beginners most welcome