O’Hanrahans got their championship hopes back on track in Rathcrogue on Thursday evening coming from behind to run out comprehensive winners in the end.
In one of the best championship matches seen at the venue watched by a sizeable crowd it was the home side that made the early running amassing an unanswered 5 points in the opening 10 minutes.
Cillian Fagan, Paul Doyle (2) Glen Doyle and another member of the clan Rory were the scorers for the men from Rathcrogue who lined out in green in this game.
Mark Carpenter the Peter Pan of Carlow football who had a wonderful game, opened the Blues account in the 13th minute and another point from his fellow full forward Danny Thompson reduced the margin to 3 points mid-way through the half.
Alan Barrett stretched the Tinryland advantage once again with a well worked point after good play by Cillian Fagan but the Blues were right back in it 60 seconds later when veteran Carpenter showed his class to rattle the Tinryland net.
Paul Doyle kept the Tinryland account running with a beauty of a point seconds later before 10 minutes of scoreless play was ended with another Danny Thompson point. Tinryland then got a major boost 3 minutes before the interval when Alan Barrett deflected the ball past Anthony Core in the Blues goal.
The final stages of the half saw Luke Broderick for Tinryland score another point before O’Hanrahans got their second goal from Danny Thompson to leave the half-time scoreboard reading Tinryland 1-8 O’Hanrahans 2-3.
When referee Billy Fanning re-started proceedings O’Hanrahans looked as if they meant business and within 60 seconds corner forward Joe Doran converted a free and repeated the act with a point from play in the 32nd minute which left matters all square and all to play for.
By the 33rd minute the eventual winners were ahead for the first time with another Danny Thompson point and they doubled their advantage in the 37th minute when Joe Doran converted another free.
Alan Barrett kept Tinryland in touch at the clubhouse end when he made a mark and converted in the 40th minute but that man Joe Doran responded within seconds with a wonder goal which put the Carlow town team 4 points clear with 19 minutes remaining.
Tinryland’s response at this stage was positive and after Dinny Farrell had raised a white flag in the 42nd minute Tinryland were back on level terms 2 minutes later when Conall O’Shea struck the Blues net after great approach play by Padraig Townsend.
Mark Carpenter who amazingly was still motoring well responded with a Blues point mid-way through the half but Alan Barrett had Tinryland back on level terms one minute later after great work by Keith Jackson.
Carpenter who really rolled back the years in this game put his team back ahead in the 48th minute and he capped a wonderful performance with a point in the 54th minute quickly followed by a cracking goal which put the former senior team 5 points clear with 3 minutes plus stoppage time left. Carpenter accounted for 2-4 of the O’Hanrahans total in a man of the match performance.
Two Dinny Farrell points in the dying stages kept O ‘Hanrahans honest with a goal separating the teams but as Tinryland went in search of the vital 3 pointer it was the O’ Hanrahans that got the goal with the last kick of the game via Joe Doran.
This result means that O’Hanrahans are very much back in the championship and after The Fighting Cocks defeated Leighlinbridge, Tinryland will exit the championship with one game remaining against their neighbours The Cocks and will than have to fight a relegation battle to avoid dropping to the Junior (B) grade.
O’Hanrahans: Anthony Core, Thato Rammusi, Barry English, Ger Sinnott, Ciaran Timmons, Karol English, Ciaran Jones, Fergal Donohoe, Owan O’Gorman, Keelan Lacey, Mark Davis, Sean Jones, Joe Doran 2-2, Mark Carpenter 2-4, Danny Thompson 1-4. Subs: Simon Doyle, Keanan Geoghegan, Colin Nolan, John Nangle, Daniel Core,
Tinryland: Chris Townsend, Adam Dunne, Peter Doran, Joey Ryan, Kyle Holden, Rory Doyle 0-1, Luke Broderick 0-1, Cormac McElligott, Glenn Doyle 0-1, Conall O’Shea 1-0, Paul Doyle 0-3, Gregg Murphy, Cillian Fagan 0-1, Keith Jackson, Alan Barrett 1-3. Subs: Dinny Farrell 0-3, Vivian Nixon, Padraig Townsend, Padraig Whelan, Adam Murphy.
Referee: Billy Fanning (Ballon)