SFL Division 1
Old Leighlin 2-7
OLD Leighlin goals in each half from John Ryan and Hughie Gahan proved pivotal as the visitors took home both league points from Tinryland on Sunday evening in a game dominated by the gale force wind.
The home side made poor use of the elements in the opening half, their modest scoring return of 0-5 being made up of four pointed frees from county senior Paul Broderick and a sole point from play by centre forward Matthew O’Toole on 28 minutes.
Old Leighlin had the tonic of an early goal when right full forward John Ryan rifled a great shot to the net in the seventh minute to open the scoring. That three-pointer kept Old Leighlin in credit for much of that opening half as Tinryland struggled badly to put scores on the board. John Ryan added a point from play to his goal as they led 1-1 to 0-2 after 20 minutes play.
Playing in unfamiliar green and white, Old Leighlin kept the ball in hand as much as possible playing into the elements and the experience of players like Eamon (Rocky) Fitzgerald, John Hayden, David Bambrick and Hughie Gahan stood to them as they restricted their opponents to a very modest first half total – the home side led 0-5 to 1-1 at the break, a magnificent point from a 55 metres free by Paul Broderick giving them the lead for the first time just before the break.
Michael Meaney (Monemore) levelled up matters with a point from play within a minute of the restart before Paul Broderick and Seamus Kinsella trades points from frees to keep matters deadlocked.
But the wind factor soon became apparent as a significant ally to Old Leighlin. Although Tinryland sought manfully to keep their hopes alive with Paul Broderick roaming outfield to act as playmaker, whenever Old Leighlin regained possession they threatened and a brace of Seamus Kinsella points, the first from a free, put them back in front.
Then Hughie Gahan made an impact – the Old Leiglin No 11 pointing and then racing through an overworked Tinryland defence to crash home his side’s second goal on 49 minutes. Now 2-6 to 0-6 ahead, Old Leighlin were in charge but Tinryland put on pressure towards the end of the game which produced a pointed free from Broderick and a well-taken point from substitute Andrew Hanley. The introduction of county senior Shane Redmond as a second-half substitute for Tinryland also provided the side with a late boost.
But the visitors had the last say as Michael Meaney shot his second point of the game to give his side a merited five-point win.
Overall the experience of Old Leighlin was a big factor in their victory in a game where the influence of midfielders Ian Atkinson and playmaker David Bambrick provided them with a sound foundation for victory.
Old Leighlin: Thomas Lynch; Padraig Coughlan, Michael Meaney (Black Bush), Eamon Fitzgerald; Declan Kelly, John Hayden, Kevin Carpenter; Ian Atkinson, David Bambrick; Michael Meaney (0-2, Monemore), Hughie Gahan (1-1), Seánie Bambrick; John Ryan (1-1), Seamus Kinsella (0-3, 0-2 frees), Aaron Amond. Subs: Willie Minchin for Ryan (46 mins); Gearóid Foley for Kevin Carpenter (black card, 52 mins); Declan Gough for Minchin (black card, 57 mins).
Tinryland: Trevor O’Reilly; Danny Moran, Mark Dempsey, Dylan Byrne; Conor O’Toole, Cathal Gaffney, Conor McGrath; Glenn Doyle, Peter Hennessy; Diarmuid Walsh, Matthew O’Toole (0-1), Niall Lowry; Ciarán Larkin, Paul Broderick (0-6, frees), Cian Moore. Subs: Conor Byrne for D Byrne (h/t); Cathal O’Toole for Lowry; Andrew Hanley (0-1) for Doyle (41 mins); Sane Redmond for Moore (49 mins); Mark Lawlor for Larkin (53 mins).
Referee: David Hughes