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GAA News - Sunday 9 Oct 2011

Tinryland in Co Senior Football Final on Sunday next

Tinryland is awash with colour this week as the senior footballers put
the finishing touches to the preparations for the Co final at Dr Cullen
park on Sunday next at 3.45 p.m.

Co champions Old Leighlin stand in the way of a first Co title in 30
years and a 16th in total since the club was formed in 1888.

For next Sundays game both teams will have to change from their
traditional blue and white colours and Tinryland have opted to wear a
black and blue design.

Preparations have gone well and R.T.E. radio visited the club on Tuesday
last for a preview for the John Murray show which adopted Tinryland as
the team to follow for 2011. That preview will be broadcast on this
Tuesday or Wednesday morning on the John Murray show between 9 a.m and
10 a.m. Messages of goodwill have been received from former members and
players who are scattered around various parts of Ireland and abroad.
John Hickey of Fenagh has been confirmed as the referee for next Sundays

The Tinryland panel for the final is as follows: Trevor O'Reilly, Jeff
Sutton, Danny Moran, Shane Redmond, Keith Jackson, Evan Doyle, Garry
Morrissey, Ian Scully, Padraig Townsend, Conor Byrne, Glen Doyle, Paul
Broderick, Cian Moore, John Paul Moore, Darren Murphy, Robbie Power,
John Dwyer, Matthew O'Toole, Padraig Delaney, Padraig Whelan, Cian
Lawlor, Alan Barrett, Niall Barrett, Cormac Walsh, Paul Doyle, Kevin
Barrett, Cathal O'Toole, Peadar Doran.

Tinryland Seniors reach Co final for
first time since 1992

Tinryland senior footballers defied the odds to reach the Co final by
defeating hot favourites Rathvilly in a nail biting and intense
encounter at Dr Cullen Park on Saturday evening 24th September. The
seeds for this historic win were sown in the first half when Tinryland
played disiplined and intelligent football to hold their Wicklow border
rivals to a solitary point. In that first half the men in blue and white
scored 5 points but their half time lead of 4 points could have been a
lot more but for kicking 8 wides during that period. Tinryland who were
never headed at any stage opened the scoring in the 4th minute when Glen
Doyle operating at wing forward slotted over a point which was followed
2 minutes later by one from his brother Evan. By the 8th minute
Tinryland were 3 points clear following another point from Garry
Morrissey who worked his socks off for the entire match. Rathvilly
opened their account in the 9th minute when Garry Dempsey scored a point
but another Glen Doyle beauty put 3 points between the sides once again
after 10 minutes. Tinryland were then dealt their first injury blow when
Cian Moore who was doing well at midfield had to retire with a hamstring
injury and he was replaced by Ian Scully with Glen Doyle having to move
to midfield. Tinryland continued to carry the game to Rathvilly but we
were dealt another blow in the 23rd minute when centre forward Padraig
Townsend received a hip injury and he was replaced by Paul Doyle. There
was only one further score when Paul Broderick slotted over a brilliant
point in the 23rd minute to leave the score 5 point to 1 at half time.

When the second half began Rathvilly looked a transformed team in the
early stages with Co player Danny Molloy adding potency to their attack
and by the 2nd minute of the half Rathvilly had scored 3 super quick
points to leave the minimum margin between the teams. Memories of the
Old Leighlin game came flooding back to many Tinryland supporters but
our hearts were lifted by the 35th minute after a superb point from
Cormac Walsh from the Oak Park side line that was similar to the great
point scored for Kerry by Maurice Fitzgerald in Semple stadium back in
the nineties. Rathvilly continued to apply pressure to the Tinryland
defence with Brendan Murphy slotting over a point in the 40th minute but
a purple patch for Tinryland began seconds later when Ian Scully scored
a fantastic point which was quickly followed by 2 Paul Broderick points
to leave the score 0-9 to 0-5 with 17 minutes remaining. When Ian Scully
scored another beauty in the 45th minute Tinryland supporters began to
dream of a Co final spot but we were quickly rocked back to reality by
another surge of Rathvilly dominance that yielded a pair of points from
Danny Molloy and Garry Dempsey. With 6 minutes remaining Keith Jackson
who was soon to retire injured slotted over a point which steadied the
ship but the last 5 minutes saw Rathvilly apply another period of
pressure that yielded 3 points to leave only one between the sides.
Tinryland fans could barely watch as Rathvilly went in search of the
equaliser but after 4 minutes of stoppage time referee John Hickey
finally sounded the long whistle much to the relief of the fans who gave
our heros a much deserved round of applause as they left the field.
Tinryland will now face the winners of Old Leighlin and Eire Og in the
final on Sunday 16th October and hopes are high of Tinryland lifting the
Conlon Cup for the first time since 1981. There was a great buzz in the
clubhouse afterwards as the team and fans watched the match on the big
screen thanks to the efforts of the Townsend brothers and commentator
Liam Lawlor. Keith Jacksons injury is the big concern now and it is
hoped that the 3 week gap to the final will allow himself, Cian Moore
and Padraig Townsend time to recover. All the players gave their utmost
with goalie Trevor O'Reilly and the entire defence of J P Moore, Conor
Byrne, Jeff Sutton, Danny Moran, Shane Redmond and Niall Barrett mopping
up everything Rathvilly threw at them especially in the first half. Cian
Moore until injured, Keith Jackson, Padraig Townsend, Glen and Evan
Doyle, Ian Scully, Garry Morrissey, Paul Broderick, Peter Doran and
fellow sub Paul Doyle were outstanding also. Roll on October 16th.

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