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GAA News - Friday 6 Aug 2004

Tinryland Minors lift Carlow M.F.L. Title

Tinryland G.F.C. are Carlow M.F.L. champions following a great display against Rathvilly in a very entertaining game at Dr. Cullen Park on Saturday last. Having defeated Burrin Rangers by 2 points in the semi final on the previous Tuesday Tinryland knew that they had to lift their game for Saturday’s final if the first minor (a) title in the clubs history was to be won. The lads were slow to settle down during the first 10 minutes of Saturday’s game allowing Rathvilly to gain the initiative by outscoring them by 3 points to one. Brilliant points from Paul Broderick saw Tinryland back on level terms by the 15th minute and following good work by Keith Jackson, Richard Whyte who had an outstanding game throughout crashed home his sides first goal to put the team 4 points clear. Another great move 8 minutes later saw Paul Broderick score a superb goal and Tinryland were now in the driving seat.
Instead of building on this however, Rathvilly were allowed to dominate most of the remainder of the first half outscoring the boys in blue and white by 4 points to one.
This left only 4 points between the sides at the interval and with Rathvilly set to play with the strong breeze it was still all to play for.
The second half began with Rathvilly throwing the kitchen sink at Tinryland but the Tinryland defence were very much up to the task in containing their opponents. Neither side had registered a score in the opening 15 minutes of the second half. Rathvilly continued to press hard but failed to break down the defence superbly marshalled by centre back Brian Byrne, captain John Murphy, and Daniel O’Boyle who was doing a great job sweeping up most of the loose play.
The introduction of Glen Doyle added a new freshness to the task and Glen was barely on the field one minute when he out ran the entire Rathvilly defence before scoring a great goal which ensured that the Jimma Rea cup would rest in Tinryland for the coming year. Tinryland captain John “Sparks” Murphy was presented with the cup by Co. chairman Eddie Byrne who complimented both teams on a very disciplined and sporting game.
There were many stars in last Saturday’s great win. Outstanding however were Brian Byrne, Peter Doran, Richard Whyte, Paul Broderick, Colm Doran, Chris Townsend, Evan Doyle, Daniel O’Boyle and John Murphy. Well done also to the backroom team of John Barrett, Paddy Townsend and Mick Murphy. The focus for these lads must now turn to the minor championship and the first round game with Eire Og in two weeks time.

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