Naomh Eoin 1-8
TINRYLAND coasted to an easier-than-expected victory over Naomh Eoin in the under-20 football B championship second round at Myshall last Wednesday.
Played in excellent summer weather, the blue-and-white Tinryland men struck for gold in the opening 30 seconds when left-half-forward Cormac O’Brien had the ball in the Naomh Eoin net.
Tinryland kept sustained pressure on the Naomh Eoin defence with their scorer-in-chief Keelan Gaffney accurate from placed balls from the hand. Naomh Eoin slowly clawed their way back into the game with Scott Tracey and Tommy Dunne slotting over nice points.
Tinryland led by 1-4 to 0-2 at the end of the first quarter and when Ronan Curran got their second goal they opened up a 2-7 to 0-4 lead at the break.
On the restart Cormac McElligott’s point stretched Tinryland’s lead. Naomh Eoin fought back and had a debatable goal marked off. Jamie Kavanagh played the ball into the small square and for a moment he lost possession and the ball went out of the small square. With no time to get out of the small square, the ball came back in and Jamie, who kicked the ball into the net, was deemed to be in the square before the ball.
Undaunted, Naomh Eoin, with good work from James Smithers, got the goal they were looking for eight minutes into the second period as they narrowed the gap to six points – 2-8 to 1-5.
Further scores from Michael Kavanagh and Scott Tracey left the deficit at five points turning into the last quarter: Tinryland 2-9 Naomh Eoin 1-7.
Tinryland raised their game for the last quarter and when Eoin Hosey got their third goal and Cormac O’Brien scored their fourth, the game had slipped away from Naomh Eoin.
This was a good team effort from Tinryland with Jack Murphy, Cian Nichol and Jonah Dunne excelling. The accurate Keelan Gaffney at midfield accounted for eight points while Cormac McElligott, Cormac O’Brien and Ronan Curran were livewires.
Naomh Eoin never gave up with Ciaran Abbey in goal and David Nolan, Fiach Nolan and Michael Kavanagh in defence doing well. Up front Eoin Hosey, James Smithers, Jamie Kavanagh, Scott Tracey and Tommy Dunne stood out.
Tinryland: Brian McGrath; Jack Murphy, Dave Brophy, Alan Fennelly; Cian Nichol, Jonah Dunne (0-1), Sam Byrne; Keelan Gaffney (0-8), Cormac McElligott (0-3); Eoin Hosey (1-1), Paddy Fegan (1-0), Cormac O’Brien (2-0); Ronan Curran (1-1), John Dempsey, Evan McGuire. Subs: Mark Walsh, Dean Quinlan,
Naomh Eoin: Ciaran Abbey; Zak Foley, David Nolan, Eoin Kavanagh; Fiach Nolan, Michael Kavanagh (0-1), Eoin Hosey; James Smithers (1-0), Jamie Kavanagh; Ger Kavanagh (0-1), Anthony O’Sullivan, Tommy Dunne (0-1), Scott Tracey (0-5)
Referee: Seamus Doyle