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GAA News - Thursday 7 Oct 2004

TINRYLAND U16 FOOTBALLERS WIN INAUGURAL PADDY DORAN CUP: Tinryland U16 footballers put up their best performance of the year when winning the inaugural Paddy Doran Cup final against Mount Leinster Rangers at Rathcrogue on Saturday last. This battle of the two beaten U16 championship semi final-ists saw Rangers dominate the opening ten minutes but wayward shooting by the south Carlow outfit left the score at nil all after ten minutes. Denis Murphy opened the scoring for Mount Leinster Rangers when he pointed a free in the 13th minute and the same player added another point one minute later to give his side a two point advantage. Ambrose Doran opened the Tinryland account in the 17th minute and the sides were level one minute later when Jason Curran slotted over an excellent point.

Despite losing Padraig Townsend, one of their key players, Tinryland dominated the remainder of the first half scoring a further five points from Cian Clancy (3) and Ian Scully (2). Denis Murphy got the only other Rangers point on the stroke of half time when he pointed a free in the 30th minute.

The second half began with a Donal Kingston point from a free for Tinryland and when the same player pointed one minute later Tinryland now led by six points. Kingston showed his class in the 40th and 43rdth minutes scoring two further points before midfielder Ian Scully put Tinryland in the driving seat with a hat trick of points in the 44th, 47th and 49th minutes. David Grennan reduced the Tinryland advantage to 7 points when he pointed in the 50th minute but a brace of points for Tinryland from Ambrose Doran and Ian Scully left 12 points between the sides with 8 minutes remaining. Mount Leinster Rangers kept their hopes alive when their excellent centre back Richard Coady scored a brilliant individual goal with 7 minutes remaining but the Tinryland response was swift with another superb Donal Kingston point.

After the game the Paddy Doran memorial cup was presented by Mrs Maureen Doran to her grandson Ambrose Doran who captained the winning Tinryland team.

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