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GAA News - Sunday 21 Sep 2008

Tinryland Senior Footballers qualify for League Final

After a good entertaining hours football at Dr. Cullen park on Saturday last Tinryland
Senior footballers qualified for the Carlow S.F.L. division 2 final by defeating St
Patricks. In the opening half exchanges between these two teams who both recently
guaranteed their senior status for next season were very even. Shane ONeill
opened Tinrylands account after ninety seconds but over the next half hour the
Tullow men matched the boys in blue and white score for score. Tinryland who lined
out without the injured pair Willie Power and Glen Doyle kept in touch in that
opening half with further points from Mark Morrissey, Niall Barrett and Cormac
Walshe (2) to retire at the break on level terms. After a vigorous half time team
talk from their manager Ger Bickerstaffe Tinryland began the second half in a much
more positive mode and a great Shane Redmond goal after only 50 seconds and a Shane
O Neill point extended their advantage to four points. Further points from Barrett
and two from Morrissey left the hoops 7 points clear with 15 minutes remaining
before the first of a number of defensive errors brought the Tullow men back into
the reckoning. Tinryland overcame the concession of Tullows first goal by
extending their advantage once again with two points from sharpshooter Morrissey but
they were rocked back to reality when Tullow scored a bizarre second goal with 3
minutes left on the clock. Once again Tinryland withstood the Tullow onslaught with
2 great points from Cormac Walshe but a third goal for Tullow on the stroke of full
time meant that the Tinryland supporters had to sweat it out until referee Jimmy
Lawlor sounded the long whistle. Tinryland must now wait a number of weeks before
their opposition in the final is known. The team on Saturday was best served by Mark
Morrissey and Cormac Walshe who scored ten points between them together with goal
scorer Shane Redmond, Shane ONeill, P J Murphy and subs Damien Power and Paul
Doyle.

In the other game at Dr. Cullen park on Saturday Palatine who narrowly beat
Tinryland the previous week advanced to the S.F.C. semi final after a thrilling game
with OHanrahans.

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