GAA News - Sunday 31 Aug 2008
Tinryland Senior Footballers Bounce back with victory over Old Leighlin
Tinryland senior footballers re ignited their Carlow S.F.C. hopes with a comfortable victory over Old Leighlin at Dr Cullen Park on Saturday last. Following their disappointing performance against Fenagh on the previous Sunday Tinryland had to win on Saturday last to keep their slim championship hopes alive. Showing a number of changes the boys in blue and white were never headed after full forward Mark Morrissey opened their account in the first minute. Mid way through the opening half Tinryland led by seven points to two following good scores by Glen Doyle (2) Padraig Townsend, Garry and Mark Morrissey and on the stroke of half time Padraig Townsend fisted over a point which left three points separating the sides at the interval.
The second half began with an Old Leighlin point which reduced the margin to two points but a quartet of points from Shane O’Neill, Garry Morrissey, Mark Morrissey and a brilliant P J Murphy effort stretched Tinryland’s advantage to six points before Old Leighlin rallied once again. With ten minutes remaining Padraig Townsend capped a very fine performance when he scored Tinryland’s only goal of the game and further points from Niall Barrett, Shane Redmond and sub Evan Doyle put the issue beyond doubt before Old Leighlin scored a consolation goal and a point in the dying minutes.
Tinryland must now overcome neighbours Palatine in a mouth watering local derby this coming weekend in order to progress to the knockout stages of the Carlow S.F.C.
Padraig Townsend was Tinryland’s outstanding player on Saturday and he was well supported by defenders Mark Dempsey, Shane Redmond Chris Cleary, Conor Byrne, Peter Doran and P J Murphy. At midfield Willie Power and Garry Morrissey battled hard throughout while up front the rest of the forwards led by Mark Morrissey, Shane O’Neill, Niall Barrett, Cormac Walshe and Glen Doyle together with subs Evan Doyle, Paul Doyle and Alan Barrett all contributed to a much improved Tinryland performance.
Family Fun Day on Saturday Next
The very popular Tinryland G.F.C. family fun day will take place on Saturday next 6th September commencing at 2.30 p.m. Once again it promises to be an action packed family oriented day with lots of activities planned to whet the appetite of young and old. As in previous years all the old favourites will be on the programme of events including Bouncing castles, Gladiators, Soak a mentor, Horse riding, Go Cart racing , Tug O War and Bucking Bronco. A Barbeque will also be included in the admission price of €10 for adults and €5 for children. On the playing pitches there will be plenty to keep the various age groups entertained including an U8 match at 3 p.m. followed by an U10 game at 4 p.m. and a mixed adult rounders game at 5 p.m. The days activities for the children will end at 9 p.m. and will conclude for the adults with entertainment being provided by top Rolling Stones tribute band Tumblin Dice who will be on stage shortly after 10 p.m for an outdoor concert.
Tinryland in Junior Football Championship A Final for first time since 1988
Tinryland 1-09 Old Leighlin 1-05
In a good game of football in Dr Cullen Park recently, Tinryland won their way to the final of the Junior A Football Championship for the first time since 1988. It was a somewhat difficult night for football as, after the rain earlier in the day, the underfoot conditions were slippery.
Old Leighlin lost this game in the first twenty minutes when they shot wide after wide and only got their first score with ten minutes to go to half-time. Tinryland on the other hand had the more clinical forwards and had the opening score in the tenth minute, a point by Paul Kenny. Kenny, all-Ireland club medal winner with Baltinglas, was to prove one of the big differences between the teams as he gave a tremendous display and was a constant thorn in the Old Leighlin side. Ian Scully followed with a point to be followed by another point by Danny Moran. And then in the twenty-fifth minute a great ball by Padraig Delaney landed in the square and Kenny put it in the net. In the meantime Old Leighlin had scores from Eamonn Fitzgerald, David Bambrikck and half-back, Paddy Foley. In the last minute of the half Paddy Deevy had another point for Old Leighlin. At the break it was Tinryland 1-03 Old Leighlin 0-04.
On the restart Old Leighlin had a goal after a scramble in the square and this put them ahead for the first time. At half-time Tinryland had brought on former senior player, John Doyle, and this proved to be an inspired move. He lined out at centre-forward and immediately had a point from a free to be followed by one from play to put Tinryland back in front. Tinryland then made their next inspired substitution by introducing Matthew O’Toole, still a minor, and he was to have a big influence on the game. He ranged between half-forward and the half-back line and he carried an amount of ball out of the Tinryland defence and never wasted one. Another free from John Doyle to be followed by a point by Paul Kenny after a lovely pass from a free by Padraig Delaney put the Hoops in the driving seat. In the meantime Thomás Cowman had a point for Old Leighlin. Tinryland finished the scoring with two more points from John Doyle, the last from a free in the twenty-eight minute. This left Tinryland victorious with a four-point victory.
Six weeks ago when these two teams met in the Division 3 League Tinryland lost a eight-point lead and were finally beaten by one point. This was a much more focused Tinyland team and they won this semi-final because they had the forwards to get the scores. Sean O’Gorman was a sound goalie with good kickout. The full-back line of James Moore, John Ryan and Liam Fitzpatrick were sound all through. But it was the half-back line which laid the foundations of this victory. Brian Foster at centre-back gave a fine performance reminiscent of his father Liam who played in the same position. His intelligent reading of the game and his excellent distribution were a joy to behold. He was flanked by John Murphy who seems to be coming back to the form which made him a bright prospect before his serious accident a few years ago. On the left Padraig Delaney was excellent and his kicks into the forwards were finely judged. Shane Delaney came into the game in the second half while Brian Byrne had fine game all through. Ian and Ger Scully in the half-forward line worked hard with Chris Townsend who had a sound game. Danny Moran was always a thorn in the Old Leighlin defence and his never-give-up style of play made it hard for the Old Leighlin defence to clear their lines. As stated, Paul Kenny, at full-forward, gave an exhibition of how that position should be played and he gave the Old Leighlin full-back, Paddy Kelly, a torrid hour. Noel Scully worked hard at corner-forward and he was in hard luck for a goal. The two Tinryland subs, John Doyle and Matthew O’Toole, had a vital influence on the game and their skill level was way above what is usually on display at Junior level.
Old Leighlin will be disappointed with this result. Have beaten this Tinryland team in the League they could have reasonably expected to get to the final. However their shooting was awful and if they took even half their chances this would have been a different game. Thomas Lynch in goal could not be faulted for the one that beat him. The full-back line was constantly in trouble due to Paddy Kelly’s difficult hour on Paul Kenny. The half-back line of Paddy Foley, John Ryan and John Kelly had a good first half but the introduction of the two Tinryland subs changed proceedings in that part of the field. Pat Minchin and Roger McGrath broke about even at midfield. However the real problem for Old Leighlin was in the forwards. Paddy Deevy and Eamonn Fitzgerald always looked dangerous but the poor quality of ball coming into them made their life difficult. The Old Leighlin subs, unlike the Tinryland subs, failed to make an impression on the game.
Tinryland are now in the final for the first time since 1988, the centenary of the club’s foundation.
Scores for Tinryland: Paul Kenny 1-02; Ian Scully 0-01; Danny Moran 0-01; John Doyle 0-05.
Tinryland: Sean O’Gorman, James Moore, John Ryan, Liam Fitzpatrick, John Murphy, Brian Foster, Padraig Delaney, Shane Delaney, Brian Byrne, Ian Scully, Ger Scully, Chris Townsend, Danny Moran, Paul Kenny, Noel Scully.
Subs: John Doyle for Ger Scully; Matthew O’Toole for Noel Scully.