Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 4 Jun 2003
Tinryland lift Carlow U21 Football title in dramatic fashion
Tinryland G.F.C. are Co. Carlow U21 champions for the first time since 1980 after defeating Kildavin-Clonegal in an amazing match in Dr. Cullen Park on Saturday evening last. Tinryland's 6th U21 title was won in dramatic fashion by an injury time Alan Barrett goal that would do justice to any Roy of the Rovers story. After a very good first half that saw Tinryland with wind advantage lead by 7 points the second half picture changed dramatically as the Wexford border side came out with all guns blazing in an attempt to win the Mick O'Gorman Cup. In boxing terms Tinryland were on the ropes for almost all of that second half as Kildavin-Clonegal scored nine points without reply with the picture looking bleaker by the second for Tinryland as the final whistle approached.
Enter Alan Barrett who has scored some dramatic goals for his club including a last minute winner in last seasons Co. Minor semi-final against O'Hanrahans. In a rare second half attack deep into stoppage time Barrett collected a pass from super sub John "Sparks" Murphy and after jinking past several defenders he slotted the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the Kildavin net to set off scenes of unprecedented joy among the huge Tinryland support in the large attendance. A few minutes later Tinryland captain Willie Power became the first player to be presented with a cup in the magnificent new stand at Dr. Cullen Park and the cavalcade set off to the Tinryland clubhouse where a huge crowd awaited the return of the team.
This amazing match was certainly a game of two halves as Tinryland settled much better than their fancied opponents to lead by 1-2 to 0-0 after 23 minutes. Tinrylands opening goal came in the 17th minute when Paul Doyle crashed the ball to the Kildavin-Clonegal net after good work by a number of his team mates. Tinryland's second goal arrived in the 27th minute when Cian Moore finished a move which he started himself to leave 8 points between the sides approaching the interval. The winners who also scored some lovely points in that opening half from hard working forwards Shane O'Neill and Alan Barrett would have been very satisfied with their first half performance but it was always on the cards that their opponents would stage a second half recovery. The magnitude of that recovery seemed to take everybody including the Tinryland players by surprise however and Kildavin-Clonegal looked odds on to win the title as the game entered injury time. Barrett's last gasp goal ensured further Co. Final heartbreak for Kildavin-Clonegal who have now lost 4 consecutive Co. U21 finals and it is doubtful if the new "D J Carey" of Tinryland football will ever score a more valuable goal for his club in the years ahead.
There were many heroes on Saturday last but among those deserving special mention include reliable defenders David McDonough, Mark Doran and Kevin O'Neill. Shane Delaney had his best ever game at midfield in a Tinryland jersey while up front apart from winning goal hero Alan Barrett there were magnificent performances from Shane O'Neill, John Doyle, Paul Doyle and Cian Moore.
At the victory celebration dinner afterwards Tinryland chairman Ned Deane paid tribute to the players and the backroom team of Manager Joe Walshe, coach Paul Kenny and selectors Liam Foster and Martin Doyle. Other speakers included Tinryland P.P. Fr John Mcevoy , manager Joe Walshe and captain Willie Power. The full Tinryland team was as follows: Anthony Gaule, Brian Foster, Mark Doran, David Mcdonough, Kevin O'Neill, John Paul Moore, Niall Barrett, Willie Power, Shane Delaney, Evan Doyle, John Doyle, Shane O'Neill, Cian Moore, Paul Doyle, Alan Barrett. Subs John Murphy and Paul Broderick.
Legendary G.A.A. personality Mick O'Dwyer paid a surprise visit to the final training session of the Tinryland U21 team on Thursday last to offer some last minute advice to the lads. O'Dwyer who coached his native county Kerry to 8 All Ireland titles is a good friend of Brendan Hayden Snr and he promised 2 months ago that he would return to Tinryland if the team reached the Co. Final. The current Laois boss who spent over two hours in the club talking to the players and signing autographs for the juvenile members will no doubt be impressed by the manner of Tinrylands last gasp victory at Dr Cullen Park when all appeared lost.
National Silver for Murphy
A great sporting weekend for Tinryland began on Saturday morning last in Tullamore when Andrew Murphy of Ballyloo representing Presentation College Carlow won a magnificent silver medal at the Kit Kat Irish schools Track and Field Championships. Competing in the gruelling 2000 metre steeplechase Andrew who is the son of Jim and Gill Murphy and grandson of legendary Tinryland footballer Andy ran a personal best time of 6 minutes 14 seconds in the Senior boys event behind another Carlow runner Brian Kirwin who ran in the colours of Carlow C.B.S. Andrew who is also a noted Gaelic Footballer and soccer player has made tremendous strides in his athletic career since returning from England 4 years ago and his dedication to training paid off on Saturday as he and Brian Kirwin defeated the best young steeplechase talent from the 4 provinces.
Andrew is a member of St Laurence O'Toole athletic club.
At the 2nd stage of the Carlow Track and Field Championships on Thursday last, Jim Morgan was a fine winner of the Veterans 800m and was also 2nd in the Senior Mens 1500m while PJ Doyle also ran two fine races to win bronze in the Senior Mens 800m and 1500m.
The following are the results of the Area 11 Swimming Finals which were held in Graiguecullen recently:
Girls Under 10 Backstroke: 1st- Amanda Kinsella
Girls Under 10 Freestyle: 1st- Roisin Breheny
Girls Under 12 Freestyle: 1st- Lauren Stewart
Girls Under 12 Breaststroke: 1st- Martina Lawlor
Girls Under 14 Freestyle: 1st- Aisling Kinsella 2nd- Alison Hanley
Boys Under 8 Freestyle: 1st- Mark Rennick 2nd- Andrew Hanley
Boys Under 12 Freestyle: 1st- Michael Lawlor 2nd- Barry Kennedy
Boys Under 12 Breaststroke: 1st- Craig Sutton
Boys Under 14 Breaststroke: 1st- Simon Breheny
Tinryland Community Alert would like people in the locality to be aware of burglaries carried out in the area recently.
As these occurred in daylight hours, people are advised to lock their doors while gardening or working outside the home and to keep cash and valuables out of sight.
It is hoped to have the Parish Census finalised soon. People may leave their completed sheet into the home of their representative. Those filling in details are asked to list all members of their household (indicating the year of birth of people under 21) and mention whether any member of the household is prepared to volunteer in the parish and to list the area involved (i.e. reading at mass,choir etc).
There will be a churchgate collection in aid of the South Leinster Rape Crisis Centre, Carlow in Tinryland on Saturday and Sunday next, June 7th and 8th.
All support would be greatly appreciated.
There will be a retreat day for the newly confirmed of the Parish tomorrow (Thursday) with visits to Cuan Mhuire, Athy and to Carlow College.
There will be a mass included.
Pilgrimage to Knock
The St. Joseph's Young Priests Society Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Saturday June 28th. The cost is 15 Euro per person.
The society is also planning a pilgrimage to Lourdes from October 2nd to 7th this year. For further information contact Josie Kelly at 087-8324656
The monthly meeting of Tinryland ICA will be held tonight (Wednesday) June 6th in the GAA Centre, Rathcrogue at 8 pm.
All new members are welcome to attend.