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GAA News - Sunday 6 Jul 2008

SFL Div 2 in Tinryland

Tinryland 4-14 Fenagh 1-4

A water-logged Fenagh pitch resulted in this match being played in Tinryland. In the end the, the location was irrelevant as this undecidedly uneven affair saw Tinryland gaining a comprehensive victory over a depleted Fenagh side.

Tinryland opened the scoring with well worked points from Shane O’Neill and a typical long range effort from Mark Morrissey. In the 10th minute Alan Barret slipped through for a well taken goal for the Tinryland side. This was followed by a subsequent long range point from the busy Mark Morrissey. It seemed a comeback might have been on the cards for Fenagh when the Tinryland defence fumbled a 45 into the back of their own net. However this was to prove to be the solitary score for Fenagh in the first half. Evan Doyle broke through the Fenagh defence into a one-one-one with the Fenagh goalkeeper who bravely parried the shot. However, this reprieve was short lived as it was followed by an onslaught of scores from Tinryland with points coming from Padraig Townsend, Ian Scully, John Doyle and a long range effort from the advancing wing back Evan Doyle. The death knell was sounded for Fenagh when Alan Barrett neatly slotted a side-footed effort into the bottom corner of the Fenagh net. Despite the best efforts of David Hickey and John and Pat Hughes for Fenagh, Tinryland led by 2-7 to 1-0 at half time.

Unfortunately for Fenagh the second half proved to be more of the same when points from Padraig Townsend and John Doyle were followed by a neatly taken goal by Evan Doyle (making up for his miss in the first half). In the 11th and 12th minutes efforts from Kenneth Murphy (from a free) and Pat Hughes resulted in two well worked points for Fenagh. This was quickly answered by a John Doyle point for Tinryland. In the 15th minute Tinryland’s Willie Power made a Michael Donnelan like surging run from his own square only to see his effort at a spectacular score rebound off the crossbar. The rebound was gathered by Ian Scully and the big man showed the deftest of touches when he neatly side-stepped the Fenagh corner back and blasted home an unstoppable goal. This was followed by three points from an active John Doyle and yet another long range point from Evan Doyle. Two further points from Jack O Connor and the hard working John Hughes proved to be little consolation for the deflated Fenagh Side. In the end, Tinryland matched their first half tally of 2-7 whilst Fenagh managed to slot over 4 points.

Tinryland had the upper hand in almost all positions. Willie Power lived up to his name and was a power house at centre half back with numerous attacking surges and excellent distribution. The Morrissey brothers Mark and Gary played solidly and PJ Murphy gave his usual tireless display. Goal scorers Alan Barrett, Evan Doyle and Ian Scully proved to be too much for the Fenagh defence, which at times looked almost non existent.

Best for Fenagh were David Hickey, Pat Hughes and the tireless John Hughes. Gerry Canavan proved to be an important link player with some excellent distribution in the second half.

All in all this was not a match worthy of SFL division 2. Tinryland will need sterner tests if the are to be adequately prepared for the next round of the senior championship.

Tinryland: T Doyle, J Ryan, G Morrissey, PJ Murphy, D McDonagh, W Power, E Doyle, M Morrissey, D Power, S O’Neill, P Doyle, P Townsend, A Barrett, J Doyle, I Scully. Subs: S Delaney for P Doyle, J Kelly for D McDonagh, D Moran for M Morrissey, P Delaney for S O’Neill

Tinryland Edged Out in SFL Div 3

Old Leighlin 0-13 Tinryland 1-09

If ever there was a game of two halves this was in. Tinryland met Old Leighlin in a vital game in the Division 3 league. A win for either side would see their passage into the semi-final provided Myshall lost their game played on the same night. News came through that Myshall were beaten so one of the teams in Tinryland were going to advance to the knock-out stages of the competition.

For a long time it looked as if that team would be Tinryland. They ran into an early lead with three points from full-forward Paul Kenny who was causing havoc in the forwards. It took Old Leighlin twenty minutes to register their first score a point by Michael Cowman. Eamonn Fitzgerald tacked on another score before the interval but in the meantime Tinryland had two points from John Doyle and when the same player put the ball in the net followed by another point from Chris Townsend and the last score of the half from John Doyle it looked as if there was no way back for the Old Leighlin boys. The score at the break was Tinryland 1-07 Old Leighlin 0-02. Indeed Tinryland could have been much more ahead but for poor shooting and they also missed two good goal chances.

It looked like the second half would be a formality, but we reckoned without the great fighting qualities of the visitors. On the restart they had a point from Roger McGrath followed by one from full-forward David O’Leary and another by Paddy Deevy. Then corner forward Michael Cowmen added two points to leave only a goal between the sides. Tinryland had a point from Paul Kenny at this stage but it was all Old Leighlin and the home side had trouble getting the ball up the field. Paddy Deevy added a point for the visitors followed by a point from a free by Eamonn Fitzgerald. Old Leighlin were motoring now and a point from one of their subs was followed by another from David O’Leary and two final scores from Paddy Deevy and Roger McGrath. The visitors were now two points ahead and Tinryland for the final five minutes camped in the Old Leighlin half in an effort to save the game. But the visitor’s defence was sound. A controversial incident now took place when the Tinryland players maintained a foul was committed in the small square. The referee only gave an ordinary free and after much controversy Ian Scully sent the ball over the bar when he intended to put it under.

Tinryland can have no complaints after leading at half-time by eight points. It is a credit to Old Leighlin that they never gave up after a dreadful first-half. What happened to Tinryland in the second half? That will be a question which the Tinryland mentors will have to ponder before the start of the Junior A championship. When things were going well Tinryland had good players in Brian Byrne, Shane Delaney, Ian Scully, Ger Scully and the excellent Paul Kenny who gave Fintan McEnroe a torrid hour. Sean O’Gorman again had an excellent game in goal. For Old Leighlin Paddy Kelly, Roger McGrath, Eamonn Fitzgerald and Michael Cowman played particularly well and showed great motivation in bringing their team back into the game.

Tinryland: Sean O’Gorman, James Moore, Mark Townsend, David McDonough , John Ryan, Brian Byrne, Padraig Delaney, Shane Delaney, Ian Scully, Danny Moran, Ger Scully, Chris Townsend, Brian Foster, Paul Kenny, John Doyle.
Subs: Noel Scully for Chris Townsend; Joey Mernagh for Brian Byrne (blood sub)

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