Bradley sending off a major call as Valleymount hold out
back in control as the half-time approached.
But Kevin Tyrell goaled after good build up play by Tristan Maher to leave the half-time score reading Valleymount 1-06 to Knockananna’s 1-04.
A Paddy Byrne free put the minimum back between the teams after three minutes played in the second period.
Steven Byrne pointed a free but points by Kevin Tyrell and Johnny Wybrant put Knockananna into the lead for the first time.
Both Shay Geoghegan and Paddy O’Keeffe received a yellow card for off the ball nonsense but then the visitors were dealt a hammer blow when they lost Garry Bradley on a red card and the home side lost corner-back Eamon Mahon on a black card in the same incident.
However, the visitors started to play better and Padraig Lancaster was starting to dominate at midfield as Valleymount began to lose their shape.
Aaron O’Neill and Tristan Maher were defending like lions as Valleymount tried to rally but when Lancaster pointed with 54 minutes gone and substitute Lorcan Tyrell pointed shortly afterwards it looked curtains for Valleymount.
However, man of the match Steven Byrne kicked two long range point to leave this game in the melting pot.
A Marcus De Coogan effort came back down off the top off the upright and the ever alert Glen Cullen caught the ball and rattled the net to restore the lead for the home side and with 60 minutes on the clock for the turning point off the game.
Goalie Paul Miley pointed a 45 for the insurance score but, in the additional three minutes of injury time, the Knockananna men tried but could not find the equalising goal to draw the match.
Best for Valleymount were Steven Byrne and Glen Cullen while for the visitors were Padraig Lancaster, Ronan Byrne and Kevin Tyrell.
Valleymount: Paul Miley (0-01); Marcus De Coogan, Darragh Browne, Eamon Mahon; Derek Reid, Brian Flynn, Jamie Miley; Jack Slattery, Stephen Byrne (0-07); Shane Hughes, Steven Cahill, Declan Cahill; Glen Cullen (1-01), Mick Richardson, Shay Geoghegan. Subs: Shane Browne, Johnny Cahill (1-00), J Byrne.
Knockananna: John Farrell; Keith Corrigan, Ronan Byrne, Patrick O’Keeffe; Arron O’Neill, Garry Bradley, Patrick Byrne (0-01); Padraig Lancaster (0-01), Tristan Maher; Darren Flynn, Derek Kavanagh (0-01), Edward Bracken; Kevin Tyrell (1-03), Johnny Wybrant (0-02), Thomas Whelan. Subs: Dean O’Neill, Alan Byrne, Lorcan Tyrell (0-01). Venue: Valleymount Referee: Pat Dunne (Hollywood)