Val­ley­mount vic­to­ri­ous at home

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VAL­LEY­MOUNT AN­NACURRA 1-12 1-06

VAL­LEY­MOUNT wel­comed An­nacurra into the west last week for their Ark­low Bay Ho­tel Ju­nior ‘C’ foot­ball championship en­counter.

In a tight open­ing half, the teams ex­changed points early in the game; Stephen Mur­phy and Colm Ma­her on tar­get for An­nacurra, while Davy Mi­ley and Sean Geoghe­gan on the score­sheet for Val­ley­mount.

With the team’s level on two points each mid-way through the first half, An­nacurra struck for a goal. Full-for­ward Colm Ma­her had a shot saved by Val­ley­mount keeper Conor Harpur, leav­ing Glenn Austin a handy tap in for An­nacurra. Val­ley­mount points from Keiv Leonard and Geoghe­gan again sent the teams in at half-time with a score line of 1-3 to 0-05 in An­nacurra’s favour.

The sec­ond half started in much the same fashion as the first with the teams ex­chang­ing points in the open­ing five min­utes.

How­ever, at this point Val­ley­mount be­gan to push ahead with scores from lively cen­tre for­ward Gary Ma­hon, cor­ner for­ward Geoghe­gan and a free from Davy Mi­ley.

The team from the west struck a ma­jor blow half way through the sec­ond half when a low shot across goal was tapped home by Sean Geoghe­gan who was on hand to add to his tally.

With Val­ley­mount six points up at this stage An­nacurra be­gan to stage a come­back of sorts.

They pushed hard in the fi­nal quar­ter with scores com­ing mainly from full-for­ward Colm Ma­her. While they pushed for a goal at one end, Val­ley­mount man­aged to clip over a cou­ple of in­sur­ance scores through the ever pre­sent Geoghe­gan and Ma­hon to seal the win.

They had some strong per­for­mances from the likes of Diar­muid Nu­gent, Dar­ragh Cal­laghan and Gary Ma­hon.

An­nacurra bat­tled hard with good show­ings from Colm Ma­her, Sean O’Neill and Stephen Mur­phy. Both teams will now look for­ward to the next round this Thurs­day evening.

Scor­ers - Val­ley­mount: S Geoghe­gan 1-5, D Mi­ley 0-3 (3 f), G Ma­hon 0-2, K Leonard 0-1, P Fos­ter 0-1

An­nacurra: C Ma­her 0-5 (2 f), G Austin 1-0, S Mur­phy 0-1

S Walker; B Shan­non, S O’Neill, J Keenan; M Doyle, N Mur­phy, J Walsh; R Fitzger­ald, S Mur­phy; B McDon­ald, S O’Neill, D Mur­phy; J O’Neill, C Ma­her, G Austin. Subs: P O’Neill for S O’Neill (black card), C Keogh for J O’Neill, M Mol­loy for D Mur­phy, S Beattie for J Keenan, L Ho­ran for B McDon­ald, J Byrne for S Walker.

C Harpur; C Mi­ley, S Browne, D Fitz­patrick; A Mi­ley, P Fos­ter, D Nu­gent; D Cal­laghan, D Reid; D Richard­son, G Ma­hon, K Leonard; K Hughes, D Mi­ley, S Geoghe­gan. Subs: B Nu­gent for C Mi­ley, A Mi­ley for K Hughes, M Ryan for K Leonard, A Far­ring­ton for P Fos­ter (black card).

Liam Cullen

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