Val­ley­mount march on de­spite brave Laragh ef­fort

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THIS Boom Plat­form Hire Round 2 Ju­nior ‘A’ clash was played out in real championship mode last week, with the scores level nu­mer­ous times.

In sun­drenched con­di­tions and with a great vo­cal sup­port to add to the oc­ca­sion, this was a ti­tanic bat­tle to the fi­nal whis­tle as Laragh gave one of the favourites, Val­ley­mount, a hell of a fright, as they put in a great open­ing half dis­play, to lead by four points at half-time in this thrilling en­counter that ebbed and flowed.

Val­ley­mount made a brace of sub­sti­tu­tions and po­si­tional changes for the start of the sec­ond pe­riod which turned the game around, but not with­out one hell of a bat­tle by this Laragh team, who were hop­ing to bounce back af­ter an open­ing round to de­feat by Kil­coole.

John Nolan got Laragh off the mark with a pointed free in the open­ing minute af­ter Aaron Lyn­ham was fouled go­ing through.

Goal­keeper Paul Mi­ley lev­elled mat­ters with a great point from a 45 to get Val­ley­mount up and run­ning in the fifth minute. Liam Mi­ley put the Reds a point up af­ter good work by De­clan Cahill.

The Val­ley­mount backs were win­ning a lot of pos­ses­sion but con­stantly putting pres­sure back on them­selves, as Damien Han­lon was in­ter­cept­ing a lot of ball time af­ter time; Han­lon was fouled and John Nolan tagged on an­other pointed free in the tenth minute as Laragh started to ap­ply a lot of pres­sure. David McDon­ald won the re­sul­tant kick-out and fed Mark Mi­ley with a sub­lime pass. The in­dus­tri­ous Mi­ley was fouled and John Nolan duly pointed for Laragh.

De­clan Cahill fielded the kick­out and played a great one-two with Mick Richard­son and Cahill pointed to close out the open­ing quar­ter with the score level 0-03 apiece.

Laragh broke back up the field af­ter good work by Craig McCoy who fed Mark Mi­ley, who played a great ball into full-for­ward, Keith Lawlor who pointed for the lead.

John Nolan pointed an­other free as a ram­pant Laragh moved up through the gears. Each side traded a cou­ple of wides as it was end to end stuff at this stage.

Liam Mi­ley stead­ied the ship with a point from an acute an­gle af­ter good build up play by Shane Hughes in the 23rd minute. Laragh’s pow­er­ful mid­fielder, Damien Han­lon, won pos­ses­sion of the kick-out and found Dan Power with a peach of a pass, Power fed the on run­ning Steven Olo­han who fin­ished the ball to the net for the first ma­jor of the game with five min­utes left in the open­ing half.

Brian Mi­ley pointed a lon­grange free for Val­ley­mount’s clos­ing score of the half mo­ments later.

Laragh closed out the scor­ing with an­other pointed free from John Nolan to leave the half-time score read­ing 0-05 to 1-06 in favour of Laragh.

Val­ley­mount in­tro­duced James Fitz­patrick and Jack Slat­tery for the restart, mov­ing Stephen Byrne into the full-for­ward line.

Stephen Flana­gan won the throw-in and was fouled as he burst through and Brian Mi­ley pointed from the car­pet to leave it a three-point game in­side the open­ing minute.

Laragh should have goaled from their next at­tack, when bear­ing down one on one with Paul Mi­ley, who bril­liantly saved but Keith Lawlor fired the re­bound over the bar to let Val­ley­mount off the hook.

Stephen Flana­gan was in­stru­men­tal in all the good work by the men in red, he won pos­ses­sion and fed Stephen Byrne who was fouled, Brian Mi­ley pointed the free.

The home side were dom­i­nat­ing mid­field now and Brian Flynn made it a three-point game with an­other point, as they stepped up an­other gear.

Yet again, Stephen Flana­gan won pos­ses­sion and carved the Laragh de­fense wide open, Flana­gan’s shot was saved and par­ried by James Nolan, the ball flew up in the air and the ever alert Stephen Byrne rose up, some­how un­chal­lenged, to catch the ball and duly dis­patch to the net to level the match in the 39th minute. Now we had game on.

Laragh broke the red stran­gle-hold on mid­field when David McDon­ald found Mark Mi­ley with a great pass who off­loaded to Keith Lawlor who fisted the ball over the on-rush­ing Paul Mi­ley for an­other point to put De­clan Byrne’s side a point up.

Back came Val­ley­mount in this ti­tanic bat­tle and Flana­gan yet again passed off to James Fitz­patrick, who were in­ter­link­ing bril­liantly, and Fitz­patrick pointed, as the size­able crowd roared on both teams, to close out the third quar­ter all square.

De­clan Cahill hit a long-range ball into Stephen Byrne, who was find­ing a new lease of life on the 14m line, and Byrne pointed for the Reds to hit the front again.

How­ever, back came Laragh with Mark Mi­ley putting in a great shift for Laragh. Mi­ley was fouled and John Nolan pointed to level pro­ceed­ings again in the 47th minute.

Steve Olo­han took the paint of the out­side of the post as a chance to re­store the lead was lost. Aaron Lyn­ham was fouled af­ter a great ball in from An­drew Kenny, how­ever, John Nolan reg­is­tered his first wide from the dead ball as an­other chance got away.

Not for the first time Stephen Flana­gan split through the Laragh de­fence and fisted the ball over the bar sec­onds be­fore Jamie Cullen body col­lided with the mid­fielder, for which Cullen re­ceived a black card and Ea­mon Kennedy en­tered the fray for Laragh.

Val­ley­mount hit two bad wides be­fore Laragh re­duced the deficit to a sin­gle point from an­other John Nolan free in the 52nd minute.

Damien Han­lon had a glo­ri­ous chance for a goal mo­ments later, as he tore through the red de­fence, but some­how Han­lon pulled his shot inches wide with the goal at his mercy to the re­lief of the Val­ley­mount side.

Laragh were to re­gret this as mo­ments later Flana­gan off­load- ed to Stephen Byrne who hand passed onto Shay Geoghe­gan who flicked to the net for the killer blow as Val­ley­mount now led by 2-12 to 1-10 with 59 min­utes on the clock.

Valiantly, back came Laragh and the im­pres­sive Mark Mi­ley fed Damien Han­lon who gave a quick pass to Keith Lawlor who went through in search of a goal but was pulled down by Brian Flynn.

Flynn was black carded bny ref­eree Pat Dunne and John Nolan pointed the 14-me­ter free in the 63rd minute.

Laragh went in search of a goal but a re­silient Val­ley­mount held out.

Paul Mi­ley; Mark Car­roll, Stephen Cahill, Ea­monn Ma­hon; Brian Mi­ley, Dar­ragh Browne, Wil­liam Ka­vanagh; De­clan Cahill, Stephen Flana­gan; Shane Hughes, Stephen Byrne, Liam Mi­ley; Shay Geoghe­gan, Micheal Richard­son, Brian Flynn. Subs: James Fitz­patrick (H\T), Jack Slat­tery (H\T), Shane Hughes (62nd min).

James Nolan; Ross Doo­nan, Peter Mer­ri­gan, Jamie Cullen; Craig McCoy, Gary Cullen, An­drew Kenny; David McDon­ald, Damien Han­lon; John Nolan, Mark Mi­ley, Steven Olo­han; Aaron Lynch, Keith Lawlor, Dan Power. Subs: Ea­mon Kennedy (49th min),Stephen Cur­ley (56th min), John Mur­phy (57th min).

Pat Dunne (Hol­ly­wood)

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