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Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 16 Apr 2003


Under 21's Off to a Flyer
Tinryland 1-9 Eire Og 2-5
Tinryland Under 21 Footballers caused the first major shock of the Carlow GAA Championship Season when they dethroned hot favourites County Champions and Hot Favourites Eire Og in a very exciting game at Dr. Cullen Park on Saturday last.
The Tinryland victory in this preliminary round tie was all the sweeter as many of the Tinryland players had been on the receiving end of defeats by the Young Ireland's in 3 of the last 4 County Minor Finals.
This game had a lot of what is good in Gaelic Football with the first half tussles highlighting the skills of both teams.
The winners took the lead in the 4th minute with a Niall Barrett pointed free which was cancelled out a minute later when County Senior Star Simon Rea scored a delightful point. The scores were level again in the 16th minute after Tinryland's John Doyle and Eire Og's Eddie Phelan had traded points. Doyle then put his side in front again with a free which was quickly followed by a great Alan Barrett point following good work from Willie Power and Paul Doyle.
Tinryland appeared to be getting on top at this stage but Eire Og were back on level terms by the 25th minute courtesy of two very good Brian Coogan points. The first real goaling chance then fell to Tinryland when Shane Delaney and Alan Barrett linked well with Paul Doyle who saw his shot for goal rise over the bar at the last second to give Tinryland a one point interval lead on a score of 0-5 to 0-4.
On the resumption Tinryland now playing with the strong breeze were first off the blocks with a John Doyle point within 30 seconds.
Tinryland then increased their lead to 3 points in the 34th minute with a Paul Doyle point. A sideline incident in the 35th minute saw an Eire Og player dismissed after a second yellow card and then John Doyle stretched Tinryland's advantage to 4 points with another point.
With the extra man Tinryland now seemed to be coasting and the game looked to be slipping from the champions reach when Evan Doyle blasted to the net in the 40th minute. It was then that Eire Og began to stage one of their customary recoveries and the townsmen were given great hope with an Eric McCormack point and a spectacular goal from substitute PJ Brennan one minute later to leave only 3 points between the sides. 14 man Eire Og were now rampant and 3 minutes later they were level with an Eric McCormack penalty for a foul in the small square. Before the final minutes of this absorbing game which was played out in a welter of excitement, there was a sense of deja vu but just when extra time looked likely a distinct possibility Tinryland's John Doyle slotted over the winning point that ensured the blue and whites a slot in the next round against St. Patrick's Tullow.

The winners had excellent defenders in Mark Doran, Niall Barrett, John Paul Moore and Kevin O'Neill with County Player Willie Power doing trojan work in the midfield sector while the Doyles; Evan, John and Paul got through a mountain of work for the full 60 minutes.
Eire Og were well served by goalkeeper Darren McGuill who made a number of top drawer saves including one from Alan Barrett with minutes remaining. Others to shine for the townsmen were Eddie Phelan, Cathal Keegan, Brian Coogan, Simon Rea, Eric McCormack and Chris Bolger.
Scorers for Tinryland were John Doyle (0-5), Evan Doyle (1-0), Paul Doyle (0-2), Niall and Alan Barrett (0-1) each.
Scorers for Eire Og were Eric McCormack (1-1), PJ Brennan (1-0), Brian Coogan (0-2), Eddie Phelan and Simon Rea (0-1) each.
60's and 70's Night
Tinryland NS Parents Association scored a winner with a 60's and 70's Night in Rathcrogue Centre on Friday night. The well-attended event was a tribute to the hard work of the organizers. The door prize for the best novelty dresser went to Olivia Newton John (aka Elizabeth Codd).
Next year a barn dance is on the cards.
National Bronze for Byrne
Pat Byrne made a long trip to Donegal extremely worthwhile when winning the Bronze Medal in the National 10 km Road Race in Ballybofey. Byrne ran well in a strong field, running a time of 31 mins with the race being won by Gerry Ryan of Galway City Harriers with National Intermediate Champion Jerome Brooks in 2nd.

Community Games

Area 11 had great success at the Carlow Under 14 Community Games Quiz last week when one of the two teams entered went on to win the competition. The winning team on a score of 64 points was Emmet Jordan, Patrick Gillman, Anthony Buckley and David Flanagan. They will now compete in the Skills Weekend in Mosney in May.
The other team who also fared well were Philip Condron, Stephen Chubb, Conor Byrne and Darren Murphy.

Mini Marathon
Those interested in competing in the Womens Mini Marathon on Monday June 2nd for the Holy Angels should contact Sharon at 43911. Transport and a t-shirt will be provided for those who take part. Sponsorship and registration forms are available from the Holy Angels Day Centre.
Easter Ceremonies
The following is the timetable for masses in St. Joseph's Church, Tinryland for Easter Week:
Holy Thursday 17th April Mass - 8 pm, Good Friday 18th April Stations of the Cross (to take place weather permitting in Parochial Avenue)- 3 pm, Mass- 7 pm, Holy Saturday 19th April Easter Vigil- 9 pm, Easter Sunday 20th April Mass- 11 am.
Churchgate Collection
REHAB will hold a Churchgate Collection on April 19th and 20th in Tinryland. All support would be greatly appreciated.
Day of Prayer and Healing
There will be a bus going to Emmanuel House of Providence Clonfert on Saturday, April 26 for a day of prayer and healing with Eddie Stones and Fr Noel Burke.
Anyone interested in travelling contact Eithne Ryan at 22004 or Edward Dawson at 59109 on or before Saturday, April 19.


Easter Draw

St Josephs are currently holding their annual Easter Draw. All players are selling tickets at the moment and we would really appreciate your support. The draw will take place in the school on Tuesday 22nd April. Prizes include tickets for all of Irelands qualifying games for the European Championships. Tickets are available from any player, committee member or Deane's shop.

Roisin Dubh
On Friday the 25th April St Josephs are delighted to present Roisin Dubh in Palatine House, Palatine. Tickets are priced 5Euro and as usual with Roisin Dubh you are guaranteed a great night out.

Under 13s League
St Josephs 3-St Anne's 3

The season is coming to a close and it is a pity that the squad could not have performed like this for the full season. Missing 5 players due to other commitments the team played really well. Joey's passed the ball well and could have scored early but for a good save by the away keeper from Jeff Abbot. Anne's scored from a free kick after about 20 minutes but this only got the Joey's players to focus and play some of the best football of the season. Brian Farrel, Brian O Neill and Mikey Murphy were passing the ball cleverly and it was not long before they got the reward for the good work. A through ball to Jeff abbot from Mikey Murphy was lashed to the net by the back in form Jeff Abbot. A great save from Conor Byrne kept the game level. Shortly after Joey's took the lead when Mikey Murphy got possession on the left side of the box and fired his shot to the roof of the net. From here to half time it was all Joey's and if the finishing had been better the score could have read better. HT2-1
Joey's stopped playing the flowing football at the start of the second half. Instead of taking the time on the ball all the players tried to play the ball without controlling it and this played into the hands of the away team. Conor Byrne played great in goal but could do nothing about the two goals that gave Anne's a 3-2 lead. Joey's dug deep and when with minutes remaining Laurence O Neill played a great ball over the defence Jeff Abbot was on hand to equalise with his 25th goal of the season. Conor Byrne, Brian Farrel and Ryan Curran all under 12s played great football at this level. Jeff Abbot, Mikey Murphy and the O Neill twins Brian and Laurence were outstanding.

Under 14 League
Hanover Harps 0- St Josephs 3

This team showed how much they have learnt when they had their best game of the season in Carlow on Saturday morning. Having drawn at home to Harps earlier in the season Joey's knew it was going to be a tough fixture. From the start Joey's played great football with Ambrose Doran showing why he was selected for the League under 14 squad. For the first time this season every Saints player was doing his job and everything went like clockwork. The back four were relaxed and working as a unit. When called on in goal Colm Nolan was at his best making three excellent saves in the game. Mikey Murphy and Darragh Walsh were working hard and with the front three of Jason Curran, Jeff Abbot and Michael Hennessy continually moving the home side were never able to get on top. Having taken control of the game Joey's took the lead when Jeff Abbot broke the ball for Jason Curran to slot the ball home. From the kick off Joey's won the ball back through Ambrose Doran who played a nice one two with Mikey Murphy before passing the ball down the right for Jeff Abbot to put in a great cross which Jason Curran headed just over. Had this gone in it would have been goal of the season. HT 0-1
The second half saw Saints continue to play some excellent football and it did not take long to make the game safe. From a great corner kick by Ambrose Doran, Darragh Walsh rose at the back post to head a powerful ball to the top corner. This was Darraghs first goal for the club and he nearly doubled it two minutes later. After good work down the right the ball was played wide to the incoming Darragh who struck a sweet drive that hit the post and rebounded to Mikey Murphy who controlled the ball well before drilling his shot low into the corner of the net. This was the best football performance of the season and everyone contributed. Every player can say they won their individual battle and if they can take this forward the future is bright. However man of the match Darragh Walsh, Michael Hennessy and James Thompson deserve special mention.

This weeks fixtures
Wed 16th April 7:00pm Under 13 League St Josephs V St Pats Boys

Thurs. 17th April 6:45pm Under 9s St Josephs Blues v Derry Rovers reds

Sat 19th April 11:00 am Under 14 Spink Celtic V St Josephs
11:00 am Under 12 St Josephs 1 V GRS United
12:15 Under 10 St Josephs Reds V GRS Reds
1:00 Under 10 St Josephs Blues V GRS Blues

Wed 23rd April 6:30pm Under 13 Parkville United V St Josephs

Thurs. 24th April 6:30pm Under 9 St Josephs Reds V Parkville United

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