Kenny points earn Ballymanus thrilling win

Bray People - - Sport -

Ballymanus 0-16, Val­ley­mount 2-9: Two points by county Mi­nor Mark Kenny gave Ballymanus a vi­tal victory over Val­ley­mount in a great match in the IFC at Balt­in­glass on Sun­day evening.

D’ARCY SAND IFC Lit­tle or noth­ing sep­a­rated the teams right through­out the hour but it was Val­ley­mount that had set the pace for most of the sec­ond-half.

One of Micko’s men Seánie O’Neill gave Ballymanus a good start with two smart points while Ray­mond Sta­ple­ton added an­other.

Even at that stage Val­ley­mount were not go­ing to let their fan­cied op­po­nents away.

Jimmy Fitz­patrick opened their ac­count in the tenth minute and Brian Flynn added a great point. While Mark Kenny stretched the ‘Bil­lies’ lead it was the Lakesiders that hit the front with a good goal by Shane Hughes in the 21st minute.

Points by the Mur­phy broth­ers, Ol­lie and Donal, put Ballymanus back in front but points by Glen Cullen and Flynn saw Val­ley­mount take the lead again.

Just on the stroke of half-time Michael Sta­ple­ton pointed to leave it all square – 1-4 to 0-7 at half-time.

The sides again ex­changed points on the restart but an­other goal by big full-for­ward, Shay Kelly gave Val­ley­mount a lead that they held into the clos­ing min­utes.

Two play­ers dom­i­nated the rest of the scor­ing, Glen Cullen for Val­ley­mount and Michael Sta­ple­ton for Ballymanus, and both kicked some re­mark­able points.

Mark Kenny lev­elled the game for the fifth time in the last minute and then got the win­ner with the last kick of the match.

Ballymanus: Bren­dan Doyle; James Byrne, Lorcan Byrne, Colm Coogan; Pa­trick Byrne, Noel O’Neill, Shane Whe­lan; Bren­dan Whe­lan, Michael Sta­ple­ton (0-7); Ray Sta­ple­ton (0-1), Mark Kenny (0-3), Donal Mur­phy(0-2); Ol­lie Mur­phy (0-1), Seán O’Neill (0-2), Kevin Byrne. Subs. – Niall Har­mon for D. Mur­phy; D. Mur­phy for O. Mur­phy.

Val­ley­mount: Bren­dan Hughes; Dara Browne, James Byrne, Ed Reid; Derek Reid, Andy Farrington, Lar O’Brien; Ben Reid, Colm Browne; Jimmy Fitz­patrick (0-1), Brian Flynn (0-2), Glen Cullen (05); Shane Hughes (1-1), Shay Kelly (1-0), David Mi­ley. Sub. – Joe Mi­ley for S. Hughes.

Ref­eree: Liam Cullen (Hol­ly­wood).

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