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GAA News - Wednesday 9 Nov 2005

Tame display by Tinryland in under 21 football championship

TINRYLAND under 21 footballers made a tame exit at the first hurdle in this year’s Carlow Under21 F.C. when they were easily beaten 2-10 to 0-6 by a very good Rathvilly outfit at Spellman Park in Kildavin on Saturday last. Despite lining out without a number of key players due to injury and other commitments Tinryland were expected to give Rathvilly a run for their money in this contest. In a game played in ideal conditions despite a heavy pitch Tinryland never headed their opponents who opened the scoring after only 30 seconds. Always playing second fiddle in most sectors Tinryland only managed three points in the opening half through Colm Doran in the 4th and 11th minutes and Keith Jackson in the 16th minute. Only for 3 brilliant saves from goalkeeper David O’Neill in that first half Rathvilly would have been much further ahead than the seven point advantage they enjoyed at half time.

The second half began with a Padraig Delaney point for Tinryland but it took a further fifteen minutes for the boys in blue and white to register another score from Colm Doran. By this stage Rathvilly were already into the next round having scored another goal in the 40th minute and the final stages were played out with no improvement coming from Tinryland. Colm and Ambrose Doran, John Paul Moore, Evan Doyle, Shane O’Neill and goal-keeper David O’Neill who made another great save in the second half were the only Tinryland players to impress in this game.

PORTLAOISE RETAIN MICK BRENNAN MEMORIAL CUP: For the second successive year Portlaoise were winners of the Annual Mick Brennan memorial under 9 football tournament which took place in Tinryland on Bank Holiday Monday.

Five teams took part in this years tournament which was successfully completed despite very heavy show-ers. In the final the Laois team had three points to spare over Tinryland who had earlier beaten Baltinglass and Tullow. In the semi final Portlaoise overcame a very good Castledermot team who were winners of the (B) final.

This tournament is held each year in memory of Mick Brennan one of the founder members of Tinryland juvenile G.F.C.

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