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GAA News - Sunday 19 Sep 2004

Tinryland are back among the elite of Carlow Football

Tinryland made a glorious return to the Senior football ranks at Dr. Cullen park on Saturday last when the Intermediate team convincingly won the Rapid Express Carlow I.F.C. title against Kilbride. Having been down in Intermediate football since 1999 there was a lot of pressure on the shoulders of the young Tinryland squad in last Saturday’s final but the team rose to the challenge in brilliant style to run out comfortable winners at the end. Playing with the wind in the first half Tinryland were slow enough to settle allowing Kilbride to capture the first score after only 90 seconds. Garry Morrissey slotted over Tinryland’s first point in the 5th minute and further points from Paul Doyle (2), Alan Barrett and Colm Doran left Tinryland 3 points ahead after 15 minutes. Kilbride however were not going down without a fight and with 5 minutes left in the opening half only two points separated the sides.
Wing back Evan Doyle who had a great game throughout closed the 1st half scoring to leave three points between the sides at the interval.
With wind advantage Kilbride were expected to force the issue on the restart but it was Tinryland who grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck scoring two excellent points from half time substitute Paul Kenny who made a tremendous contribution when introduced. Between the 34th and 41st minutes both sides traded a brace of points before the game went firmly in Tinryland’s direction when corner forward Alan Barrett deflected the Kilbride goalkeepers clearance to the net at the sugar factory end of the grounds. This score left eight points between the teams and despite intense Kilbride pressure which yielded two further points Tinryland closed the scoring with a hat trick of points from John Doyle, Colm Doran and Paul Kenny.
At the final whistle the large Tinryland support in the 1000 strong crowd rose to salute their heroes as the Intermediate championship cup was presented to team captain John Farrell who unfortunately had to miss the game through injury. It was then back to the clubhouse where at the victory celebration meal club chairman Ned Deane thanked the players and the mentors for their great efforts this year.
Tinryland will now qualify for the Leinster Intermediate club championship and the team was encouraged to give this competition their best shot in the coming weeks.
There were many outstanding performers in Saturday’s final but among those that stood out were rock steady goalkeeper J.J. Doran, full back Chris Cleary wing back Evan Doyle, midfielders Willie Power and Cian Moore and the entire half forward line of Colm Doran, Paul Doyle and Garry Morrissey. Substitutes Niall Barrett and Paul Kenny also made a major impact when introduced.
An interesting statistic that emerged from last Saturday’s win was that in 1999 when the club lost its senior status Tinryland won the All Ireland feile U14 title. 13 of that Feile team were involved on this years Intermediate panel. In 2004 Tinryland also captured that same All Ireland feile title as the club returned to the senior ranks.
How many of this years juveniles will make it through to play senior football? Saturday’s victory will surely encourage as many as possible to do so.
The following was the panel that made history last Saturday: J.J.Doran, Mark Doran, Chris Cleary, P.J. Murphy, Evan Doyle, Damien Power, Noel Scully, Cian Moore, Willie Power, Colm Doran, Paul Doyle, Garry Morrissey, Shane O’Neill, John Doyle, Alan Barrett, John Farrell captain, Niall Barrett, Paul Broderick, Brian Foster, Paul Kenny, John Murphy, David McDonough, Brian Byrne, Mark Dempsey, Kevin O’Neill, Peter Doran, Padraig Minnock, Peter Scully, Eddie Lyons, David O’Neill. Mentors John Doyle, Bernard Mullen and John Murphy.

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