GAA News - Thursday 8 Jul 2004
Tinryland capture All Ireland Feile Peil Na nOg title in Tyrone
For the second time in 5 years Carlow representatives Tinryland won the All Ireland u14 Feile Peil na nOg division 4 title in Tyrone last weekend. To win this prestigious
National event Tinryland overcame 5 teams from both sides of the Irish sea turning in some wonderful displays of gaelic football along the way.
The Feile weekend began on Friday afternoon when Tinryland comfortably defeated their host club Wolfe Tones of Kildress on a score of 3-8 to 0-1 with outstanding displays coming from Donal Kingston, Cormac Walshe, Conor Byrne, Matty O’Toole, Cathal O’Brien and Stephen O’Reilly. Tinryland then moved on to East Tyrone on Saturday morning to defeat Rock St Patricks with full forward Darren Murphy turning in a wonderful display to score 5-1 in Tinryland’s 5-7 to 0-1 victory over the Tyrone outfit. In their next game which was the group decider Tinryland faced a very strong London team that had also cruised through their earlier games.
In the opening six minutes of this game Tinryland registered three points from Donal Kingston (2) and Matty O’Toole but London hit back with a great goal just before the interval to leave matters all square at half time. London showed their intentions by taking the lead after only 17 seconds of the restart but it was Tinryland who then showed their courage by scoring 4 unanswered points to progress into the semi final against Longford team Northern Gaels in Carrickmore on Saturday evening.
Tinryland began the semi final well scoring three points from Stephen O’Reilly (2) and Matty O’Toole before Northern Gaels got right back into the game with a goal just before the break. Darren Murphy cracked home his sixth goal of the tournament after only 20 seconds of the restart and Tinryland looked to be comfortably on their way to the final until Northern Gaels scored a goal with one minute remaining. Tinryland looked to be in trouble when they conceded a penalty in the dying seconds but to the relief of their large travelling support the penalty was missed and Tinryland were in their second Feile final in 5 years against Warwickshire who had defeated Wexford club Shelmaliers after extra time in the other division 4 semi final.
The final in Healy Park in Omagh on Sunday morning saw the Carlow team overcome a one point defecit at the interval to comfortably win the competition with an outstanding second half display by tall midfielder Donal Kingston who scored 6 points in his sides 0-10 to 1-1 victory. Other impressive performers in this outstanding win were Kingston’s midfield partner Conor Byrne, full back Jim Dempsey, centre back Ryan Curran, Padraic Whelan, Michael Mullen, David O’Shea, Matty O’Toole and captain Luke Doyle.
There was further good news for Tinryland at the conclusion of Feile when Matty O’Toole was placed 2nd of 108 competitors in the skills competition.
The girls from Tinryland-Bennekerry also did Carlow proud in Tyrone by winning all three of their group games before losing out by 2 points in controversial circumstances in the semi final with Armagh Harps.
The full Tinryland boys panel was as follows: Lee Buggle, Patrick Kelly, Luke Doyle captain, James Dempsey, Darren Hanlon, Ryan Curran, Conor Byrne, Padraic Whelan, Alan Kirwan, Donal Kingston, David O’Shea, Cathal O’Brien, Matty O’Toole, Ciaran Williamson, Darren Murphy, Brian Farrell, Cormac Walshe, Joey Ryan, Michael Mullen, and Stephen O’Reilly.
Mentors Cormac O’Toole Manager, Eamonn Byrne, Pat Whelan, Richard Kingston and Mick Doyle.
The Tinryland-Bennekerry girls panel was Jessica O’Neill, Kate Doorley, Aisling Kinsella, Deborah Fields, Clodah Condell, Clodagh Behan, Emma O’Regan, Ciara Butler, Amanda Cassidy, Zoe Curran, Samantha Sheehy, Sarah Doyle, Bernie Morrissey, Elizabeth Lowry, Jamie Lee Doyle, and Amy Dwyer.