GAA News - Thursday 9 Sep 2004
Tinryland Intermediate team qualify for Co final but minors bow out
Tinryland intermediate footballers are one step away from a return to the Senior ranks following their victory over Grange by 1-15 to 2-10 in the replay of the Rapid Express Carlow I.F.C. semi final at Dr. Cullen Park on Saturday last. Tinryland will now play Kilbride in the Co. Final on Saturday 25th September. Last Saturdays victory was fashioned by a strong mid game performance that saw Tinryland build up an eight-point lead that stood to them when Grange exerted strong pressure in the closing stages. Tinryland retired at half time leading by 9 points to 5. A feature of that first half was the excellent point scoring by Shane O’Neill who slotted over 4 points from play. On the resumption Colm Doran increased the advantage to five points before Grange hammered home their first goal, which reduced Tinryland’s advantage to two points.
Tinryland’s response was swift and the ball was in the Grange net 60 seconds later when Alan Barrett finished a great move involving himself and John Doyle.
After both sides had exchanged points Tinryland raced into an eight point lead by the 46th minute with further scores from Colm Doran, Shane O’Neill and John Doyle.
The Grange fightback then began in earnest with Tinryland goalkeeper J.J. Doran making a vital interception, which could have yielded a goal with 10 minutes left.
After John Doyle and James O’Toole had exchanged points in the 51st and 55th minutes it was Grange who kept the spectators on the edge of their seats during the dying minutes when Ciaran Pender reduced the Tinryland advantage to two points with a well-worked goal. It was now time for the Tinryland defence to stand up and be counted and despite extreme Grange pressure in the closing stages Tinryland held out to reach their first ever Intermediate football championship final. Tinryland’s opponents in the final on Saturday 25th September will be Kilbride who defeated Eire Og in the other semi final on Friday last. Kilbride and Tinryland last met in the 1939 Senior championship final with Tinryland winning on a score of 4-4 to 2-5.
A good week for Tinryland G.F.C. began on a bad note when the well-fancied minor team bowed out tamely from the minor championship losing to Rathvilly on a score of 2-12 to 1-6. Tinryland were always playing second fiddle to Rathvilly in this game.
Having defeated the same opponents in the league final and Eire Og in the first round of the championship Tinryland were strong favourites to advance to the Co. final but the minor championship still remains a bogey competition for the club having contested 4 finals and 6 semi finals in six years.
Tinryland Junior footballers advance in Co. Championship.
Tinryland Junior footballers advanced to the Co. Junior (B) semi final when they scored an impressive win over fancied Clonmore at Pairc Ui Bhrian on Sunday last.
Minor players Paul Broderick and Richard Whyte were the stars of the show in this game contributing 3-11 in Tinryland’s 3-13 to 2-6 victory. Glen Doyle was the scorer of Tinryland’s other points in a performance that saw excellent displays from Peter Doran, Brian Byrne, David McDonough, Padraig Minnock, Mark Dempsey, John Murphy and Martin Doyle together with Broderick and Whyte. Tinryland will now play Mount Leinster Rangers in the Co. semi final.
Success for Underage teams also
Juvenile teams from Tinryland G.F.C. were also successful in the past week.
The all conquering U14 team cruised into the Co. (A) final which was played last night (Tuesday) when they defeated Mount Leinster Rangers by 8-9 to 0-1 in a one sided game at Kildavin on Wednesday last. Tinryland’s opponents in last night’s final was Myshall who defeated Eire Og in the other semi final.
At Dr. Cullen Park on Saturday last Tinryland were victorious in the Maurice Nolan (B) final defeating O’Hanrahans on a score of 2-3 to 1-3. Outstanding for Tinryland were captain Paul Kingston, Cian Lawler who scored a crucial goal, Marcus Lawler, Diarmuid Walshe, Colin Townsend, Ciaran Townsend and full back Barry Power.