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GAA News - Sunday 11 May 2008

Tinryland Lose to Ballinabranna in League

Ballinabranna 1-12 Tinryland 0-07

Tinryland’s Division 3 team lost their unbeaten run at Tinryland on Wednesday night when they were comprehensively outplayed by a more mature and physical Ballinabranna side who played power football and used their greater strength to good effect.

Ballinabranna opened the scoring with a point almost immediately after the ball was thrown in. Tinryland replied with a point from Padraig Townsend. Shortly after that the only goal of the night went to Ballinabranna when corner forward Eugene Callanan sent the ball to the net after several efforts were blocked. Another point from Callanan was followed by a point from David Sheehan. Tinryland were finding it hard to break down the Ballinabranna defence and the visitors were definitel
y on top at this stage. A point by John Doyle and two by Padraig Townsend closed the gap but then Callinan, and two by Damien Sheehan put Ballinabranna in the driving seat. After half-time Tinryland had the best score of the match when after great work by Padraig Townsend centre forward Ian Scully scored a great point. But Ballinabranna were not to be denied and they scored six points from here to the end.
The home side had two more points from Cormac Walshe and John Doyle but could not get the goal they needed. Four times they hit the woodwork but none of these efforts went in. In truth, without a goal Tinryland were never going to win this.

All credit to a physical, determined Ballinabranna side and Tinryland could not live with the power and hard tackling of a mature team. The home side were much younger and no doubt, learned a lot about what football is like at this level when you come up against an experienced side. But it wasn’t just physical power that won it for Ballinabranna. They had several good performances in Tony Brennan at full back, James Fitzpatrick at centre while midfield was controlled by David Sheehan and Michael Jackson. The stars in their forward line were Damien Sheehan and Eugene Callanan.

For Tinryland Darren Murphy could not be faulted for the goal but some of his kickouts were not as accurate as usual. The fullback line of Mark Townsend, John Ryan and James Moore were always under pressure. At half back Ger Scully started well but found Damien Sheehan a handful. Shane Delaney and Joe Mernagh had a torrid time at midfield while our star forward was Padraig Townsend who worked hard all through. In fairness to our other forwards the supply of ball to them became scarcer as the game progressed.

Referee Pat Moran gave several bizarre decisions and his hands off approach to refereeing with several wild tackles going unpunished would have been more serious but for the discipline of the players.

Before the game a minute’s silence was observed on the occasion of the death of Vincent Broderick who was a long-time Tinryland supporter.

Tinryland GFC Karaoke Night

Tinryland GFC are hosting a Karaoke night with Peggy Dunne (Carlow's Finest Karoke Singer) on Saturday, May 17th 10.30 pm - 1 am. Food will be served.

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