Coolkenno clinch it

Bray People - - Sport -

Coolkenno 1-13, Val­ley­mount 2-7: A dra­matic fin­ish to this Ju­nior C Cham­pi­onship match at Balt­in­glass on Sun­day evening.

NDI JCFC The teams were locked to­gather with the game deep in in­jury­time and we had all but set­tled for a an­other draw in a grade no­to­ri­ous for draws when Ste­vie Donoghue struck for the win­ner.

Coolkenno, who had led for 59 min­utes launched one last de­spair­ing at­tack but Conor Doyle’s shot for the winning point dropped short and was well fielded by the very sound goalie Noel Foster. Some­how cor­ner­for­ward Donoghue man­aged to dis­pos­sess him as he came out to clear and toe-poked the ball to the net. It was the last kick, if you could call it a kick, of the game.

Coolkenno were de­serv­ing win­ners. They were in front by 06 to 0-3 at half-time and looked to be cruis­ing to victory when they were hit by a goal by Shane Geaghe­gan as the game en­tered the last quar­ter.

That score lifted Val­ley­mount and they threw ev­ery­thing into at­tack. With five min­utes to go big mid­fielder Ai­dan Mi­ley fired home an­other goal and the Lakesiders were re­ally back in the game. Then with the game al­ready in added time Ross Farrington sent over the equaliser.

Coolkenno could be live con­tenders for this ti­tle. They have a good de­fence built around Gavin Doyle; two big mo­bile mid­field­ers in the Doyle cousins – Conor and Thomas; a danger­ous full-for­ward line led by Mark Far­rell with wingers Shane Walker and Mi­nor Ben Jack­man also very ac­tive.

This was a bad evening for Val­ley­mount. They fin­ished up los­ing two matches that they could have won with scores deep in in­jury-time.

Coolkenno: James Keogh; Ray Walker, Steven Doyle, Chris Kin­sella; Tom Bol­ger, Gavin Doyle, Sha­neO’Reilly; Thomas Doyle, Conor Doyle (0-2); Ben Jack­man ( 0- 4), Shane Byrne, Shane Walker (0-1); Ger Nolan (0-3), Mark Far­rell (0-3), Ste­vie Dnoghue (1-0). Sub. - Michael Noc­tor for S. Byrne.

Val­ley­mount: Noel Foster; Der­mor Byrne (0-1), Pat Reid, Ben Cullen; Cor­mac O’Con­nor, Ger Reid, Mark Nolan; Ai­dan Mi­ley (1-1), Any­hony Mi­ley; Ross Farrington (0-2), David Fitz­patrick, Bradley Foster; Shay Geoghe­gan ( 1- 3), David Mi­ley, Tom Ging. Subs. - K. Leonard for Fitz­patrick; Alan Breen for Kin­sella

Ref­eree: John (Donard/Glen).

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